Camelot sales hit record £3.5bn
Britons bet a record £3.5bn on the National Lottery in the six months to 19 September, 8 per cent more than the same time last year.
Ticket sales were up 3.4 per cent at £2.4bn, while £999m was spent on scratchcards, up from £816.8m in the same six months of 2011.
The operator, Camelot, which was sold to a Canadian teachers' pension fund for £400m in 2010, raised £750m for the London Olympics and Paralympics from sales of its special lottery games and gave a record £953m, up 4 per cent on last year, to good causes during the six months. It also paid out £1.9bn in prize money.
Camelot has been at war with Richard Desmond's rival Health Lottery. The National Lottery operator wants the Government to stop the Health Lottery from using a series of local licences to operate nationally. This summer it lost a High Court attempt to get its rival gamblingh licence revoked.
- 1 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
- 5 We have six months to save the world, says leading economist
California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
Sepp Blatter resigns: FBI are investigating outgoing Fifa president, claims report
Alton Towers crash: Four seriously injured and 16 guests trapped as Smiler ride carriages collide
Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
iJobs Money & Business
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The UK's fastest growing, multi...
£70000 - £90000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Financial Reporting Manager i...
£23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They win lots of awards for the...
£13500 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This nationwide enforcement com...