National Lottery: Finance

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 2nd June 2020.

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Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Conservative, North West Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the National Lottery’s income is derived from players aged 16 and 17 in (a) main lottery sales (i) online (ii) in shops and (b) scratchcard sales (i) online and (ii) in shops.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Information on National Lottery income derived from players aged 16 and 17 is provided in the Consultation document dated 16 July 2019 on the minimum age for playing National Lottery games.

Sales revenue derived from players aged 16 and 17 is estimated due to the complexities involved in collating data from retail sales.

Total estimated sales revenue from 16 and 17 year olds in 2017/18 was £47m of which 32% was for draw-based games, 68% for scratchards and less than 1% for online instant win games (inclusive of online scratchcards).

This below data is from page 24 of the consultation document.

National Lottery income from 16 and 17 year olds in 2017/18

Online

Retail

As % of total sales in 2017/18

Draw-based games

£15m*

0.2%

Scratchcards

£31.8m

0.5%

Instant Win Games (inclusive of online scratchcards)

£200,000

0.003%

Total

£47m

0.7%

Figures rounded to the nearest £0.1m

* Over 99% of draw-based game sales to 16 and 17 year olds would have taken place in retail.

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