National Lottery

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money in each year has remained unclaimed since the National Lottery started; and what has happened to this money.

Photo of Richard Caborn Richard Caborn Minister of State (Sport and Tourism), Department for Culture, Media & Sport

All prizes that are unclaimed 180 days after the date of the relevant draw are passed, together with any interest accrued, to the National Lottery Distribution Fund. The amount passed in every year, in £ million, since the National Lottery began is:

£ million
1994–95 0
1995–96 34
1996–97 48
1997–98 74
1998–99 78
1999–2000 71
2000–01 76
2001–02 81
2002–03 85
2003–04 73
2004–05 100

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