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Statistics and research release

Funds raised for good causes Q2 2022 to 2023

Income from game sales by quarter and versus last year. Represents Quarter 2 2022 to 2023.


Funds raised for good causes

Published: November 2022

Reporting Period: Quarter 2, 2022 to 2023 (July to September)

Since its launch in November 1994, the National Lottery has raised over £46 billion for good causes that include sports (including Olympic athletes), arts and heritage, as well as health, education and the environment.

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

The Gambling Commission ensures that payments from the Lottery operator to good causes (which are held in the National Lottery Distribution Fund) are accurate and on time.

Key facts

Total funds raised for good causes between Q2 2021 to 2022 and Q2 2022 to 20231

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 good causes in Quarter 2 (July to September) was £501.8 million. This was £78.9 million (18.7 percent) above Quarter 1 2022 to 2023 and £83.4 million (19.9 percent) above Quarter 2 in 2021 to 2022. The last 5 quarters have generated £2.3 billion to good causes.

Total funds raised for good causes between Q2 2021 to 2022 and Q2 2022 to 2023.
2021 to 2022
Quarter 2
2021 to 2022
Quarter 3
2021 to 2022
Quarter 4
2022 to 2023
Quarter 1
2022 to 2023
Quarter 2
Amount raised for good causes £418.4 million £508.5 million £491.3 million £422.9 million £501.8 million


Funds raised for good causes this quarter were £78.9 million (18.7 percent) above the previous quarter. They were £83.4 million (19.9 percent) above Quarter 2 2021 to 2022.

The increase against Quarter 1 2022 to 2023 can be attributed to the following.

Total National Lottery sales increased by £266.7 million (14.1 percent) compared to Quarter 1 2022 to 2023. All games saw a increase in sales. Most notably, EuroMillions sales increased by £140.7 million (31.1 percent), partly attributed to the volume of rollovers associated with high jackpots. Sales from interactive instant win games (IIWGs) and scratchcards increased by around £40 million each (15.6 percent and 7.4 percent respectively) compared to the previous quarter

Total unclaimed prizes added as returns to good causes were around £13.6 million more than the previous quarter. This was primarily due to scratchcard game closures.


1 Amounts relate to total value of proceeds from game sales raised for good causes in approximate calendar quarters. Quarter 2 of 2022 to 2023 comprises funds raised between the week ending 2 July to the week ending 24 September. They include all other income and adjustments from game sales, including unclaimed prizes.

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