Funds raised for good causes Q4 2020 to 2021
Additional data sets in this series
Since its launch in November 1994, the National Lottery has raised over £42billion 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 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.
Total funds raised for good causes between Q4 19/20 and Q4 20/21 - income from National Lottery game sales
The following table 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 Q4 (January to March) was £551.3m (1). This was £106.5m (23.9%) above the October to December quarter and £112.2m (25.6%) above Q4 in 19/20. The last five quarters have generated £2.3bn to good causes.