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National Lottery statistics – returns to good causes

Part of our regulatory remit for the National Lottery is to ensure that returns to good causes are maximised.

The money generated by the National Lottery funds arts, heritage, sport, community and voluntary projects all over the UK as well as supporting projects concerned with health, education and the environment. So far over 500,000 projects large and small have benefited from Lottery funding. 

Payments to good causes are made to the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDF) on behalf of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who oversees the fund. We make sure that the payments to the Secretary of State are accurate and on time. 

We compile a quarterly report detailing the level of funds that have been transferred to the NLDF. Reports for the last three years are listed below, for older data you can contact us

The Payments to the Secretary of State will differ to the total returns reported in the Operator’s statutory accounts due to:

  • timing differences between amounts due and payable
  • a number of adjustments which are only reflected in the Secretary of State payments figure such as the drawdown of investment approved.

You can find out more about where lottery money goes from the National Lottery Promotions Unit

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has a searchable database of every lottery grant that has been made since the lottery began in 1994. 

Headline figures from the latest funds for good causes report  






Also see

Funds raised for good causes report

Quarter 3 2020/21

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