Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (Camelot) today announced National Lottery record sales of £4,063.9 million for the first six months of 2022/23 financial year.
More than 32 million people have played National Lottery games from 1 April to 24 September 2022, with in-store sales totalling £2,228.0 million.
Camelot has given thanks to independent outlets who make up the most of its 44,500-strong retail footprint. Announcing the results, Camelot CEO Nigel Railton said: “This record half-year performance confirms that we have a very healthy and successful National Lottery that continues to benefit the whole of the UK.
“These fantastic results also demonstrate our ability to adapt quickly and decisively to fast-changing and challenging economic conditions, while maintaining our longstanding reputation for selling tickets in a socially responsible way – attributes that have helped to keep The National Lottery in excellent health at such an important time for the UK.”
Last year saw a 4.7 per cent decrease of £109.5 million, reflecting the ongoing difficult conditions in retail. However, Camelot remained committed to doing everything it can to help its in-store partners. In a drastic U-turn, partners took home a total of £125.6 million in sales commission over the period – equivalent to more than £2,800 per store, the most retailers have seen since 1994!
Looking ahead, The National Lottery is once again inviting the whole nation to come together and imagine the joy of winning big this festive season with a special campaign directed by Oscar-winning Tom Hooper. And it doesn’t stop there, it is also hosting The National Lottery’s Big Bash for National Lottery players, which will air on ITV and ITVX over Christmas.
The Fed look forward to the remainder of the year, and seeing how independent retailers continue to raise money for Good Causes.