Camelot UK Lotteries Limited: Half-year financial results (2015-16)

Camelot’s first half performance drives sales and prize money to record levels

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (‘Camelot’) today announced record prize payouts to players as the company achieved its highest-ever interim National Lottery sales. In the six months to 26 September 2015, Camelot succeeded in growing total ticket sales to £3,615 million, an increase of £145 million on the corresponding period last year.

Over the same period, Camelot awarded a record £2,012 million in prize money – taking the total awarded to players to date to over £57 billion and the total number of lottery millionaires to more than 4,000. Camelot’s performance over the half-year also saw it generate £875 million¹ for National Lottery Good Causes – taking the total raised to date to over £34 billion. National Lottery funding has now enabled more than 450,000 individual awards to be made across the UK – the equivalent of 144 National Lottery-funded projects in every postcode district.

Camelot’s success in growing interim sales to an all-time high was driven by continued very strong growth across The National Lottery’s digital channels. Mobile sales surged by 72% on the same period last year, helped by a range of innovations such as the launch of Barclays Pingit as the first-ever mobile payment option for National Lottery players. Sales through smartphones and tablets now account for over 35% of all sales across Camelot’s direct channels.

Sales over the half-year were also boosted by 15% year-on-year growth across The National Lottery’s GameStore range of online and in-store instant play games. This was driven by the launch of over 30 exciting new Scratchcards and online Instant Win Games, higher prize payouts and pioneering initiatives such as second chance draws.

Andy Duncan, Chief Executive of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, said: “Thanks to very strong growth across our mobile channel and in our GameStore category, we’ve made an extremely positive start to the financial year. In just six months, we’ve delivered almost £2.9 billion for our players and for National Lottery projects – making a truly life-changing difference to people and communities throughout the UK.

“As we head into the second half of the year, we’re determined to build on this impressive performance. On top of the successful changes we’ve recently made to our flagship Lotto game to give our players more chances than ever to become a millionaire, we’ve got some really exciting plans to further enhance our games and channels in the coming months – all of which will ensure that we deliver even more for our winners and for the millions of people for whom National Lottery funding is so vital.”

¹Figures do not include investment returns on National Lottery balances which are reported separately.

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Notes to Editors:

  • Camelot UK Lotteries Limited is the licensed operator of The National Lottery® and is committed to raising money for National Lottery Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing or awarding these funds.
  • Each week, Camelot generates over £34 million for National Lottery-funded projects – in total, £34 billion has now been raised and more than 450,000 individual grants have been made across the UK, the biggest programme of civic and social regeneration since the 19th Century.
  • The National Lottery has so far given away over £57 billion in prizes and created more than 4,000 millionaires or multi-millionaires since its launch in 1994.
  • Camelot runs the most cost-efficient major lottery in Europe, with around 4% of total revenue spent on operating costs.
  • The UK National Lottery is ranked at just 51st in the world in terms of per capita spend, despite being the sixth largest lottery in the world by sales – clear evidence of Camelot’s longstanding commitment to being a responsible operator (Source: La Fleur’s 2015 World Lottery Almanac).
  • In the six months to 26 September 2015, total National Lottery sales were £3,615.5 million, an increase of £145.7 million on the corresponding period in 2014/15.
  • Sales of draw-based games over the period were £2,191.5 million, a slight fall of £40.6 million on the corresponding period last year, while total sales of GameStore games increased by £186.3 million to £1,424.0 million – a record first-half performance.
  • Over the same period, total in-store sales were £2,901.8 million, an increase of £34.5 million on the previous year. Accounting for over 80% of all sales, retail remains the largest National Lottery sales channel.
  • Total direct (interactive and subscription) sales were £713.8 million, a rise of £111.3 million on last year. Leading the field of digital lottery innovation and e-commerce, Camelot operates Europe’s largest online lottery in terms of sales. With over seven million players, is one of the top 10 e-commerce sites in the UK.
  • For further information on Camelot, The National Lottery and its games, please visit: and
  • Players of all National Lottery games must be aged 16 or over.

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