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Statistics and research release

Funds raised for good causes Q2 2017 to 2018

Income from game sales by quarter and versus last year.


Since its launch in November 1994, the National Lottery has raised over £35 billion for good causes that include sports (including Olympic athletes and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games), arts and heritage, as well as health and education and the environment.

Funds are raised from the sale of National Lottery games and supplemented by unclaimed prizes and interest on balances of funds held. The funds for the original good causes are held in the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDF).

The Commission ensures that payments from the Lottery operator to the good causes are accurate and on time.

Key facts

Total funds raised for good causes between Quarter 2 2016 to 2017 and Quarter 2 2017 to 20181

The following chart shows the most recent quarter and the preceding four quarters for comparative purposes. For consistency, each week’s ending date must fall within the reporting quarter, therefore the number of weeks within the quarters may vary.

The total raised for the NLDF in Quarter 2 (July to September) was £424.9m. This was £73.2m (20.8%)above the April to June quarter’s total and £20m (4.9%)above Quarter 2 in 2016 to 2017:

NLDF Q2 17-18

Total funds raised for good causes between Quarter 2 2016 to 2017 and Quarter 2 2017 to 2018.
2016 to 2017
Quarter 2
2016 to 2017
Quarter 3
2016 to 2017
Quarter 4
2017 to 2018
Quarter 1
2017 to 2018
Quarter 2
Amount raised for good causes £404.9 million £431.0 million £428.4 million £351.7 million £424.9 million


1 These amounts relate to the total value of proceeds from game sales raised for the NLDF in calendar quarters. They include all other income and adjustments from game sales,including unclaimed prizes

During the period concerned (relating to data published in the Q2 2017 to 2018 to Q1 2018 to 2019 updates), the Commission’s approach to analysing quarterly data changed and therefore inconsistent information was presented on our website without explanation. The Commission changed its approach to ensure the periods reported are more comparable to each other.

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