Happy 25th Birthday to The National Lottery!


The National Lottery will be celebrating its 25th birthday on 19 November 2019.  The birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact The National Lottery has had on the UK, and to say thank you to National Lottery players for contributing around £30 million to good causes every week.


Across the last 25 years The National Lottery has had a transformational effect on the United Kingdom.  A staggering £40 billion has been raised for Good Causes with 565,000 grants made across arts, sport, heritage and community.  That’s the equivalent of 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district. Players have banked a whopping £71 billion in prizes and a staggering 5,500 millionaires have been made.


National Lottery-funded projects range from the truly epic to the ‘on your doorstep’: Since the funding began in 1994, British athletes have won 864 Olympic and Paralympic medals and National Lottery funded films have won an incredible 400 awards, including 15 Oscars. London’s Tate Modern, The Eden Project in Cornwall and V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, have all been beneficiaries. Running alongside these major initiatives are the thousands of grants - usually for £10,000 or less - which help small projects to make an amazing difference in their community.


While National Lottery funded projects are celebrating the birthday, so too are the lucky winners. From the largest ever jackpot of £170M won in October 2019 to the 7 millionaires made every week - National Lottery players have been winning big for 25 years.  While houses and cars still top the first purchases, the majority of big winners (53%) are choosing to spend more on experiences for themselves and friends and family than on material possessions.  They must be doing something right as 99% of millionaires say they are as happy or happier than before their win.


National Lottery Senior Winner’s Advisor Andy Carter, who has been paying out millions for over a decade said: “The National Lottery has been making amazing things happen for 25 years.  Thanks to every player who has ever bought a ticket many thousands of projects have been able to support the most vulnerable in our community and others actively improve the nation’s quality of life.  Think about your last visit to a museum or art gallery, the theatre, your sports centre or playing field – chances are it will have received National Lottery funding.


“And let’s not forget the lucky players who have won life changing sums of money over the past 25 years. Everyone has had the ‘when I win the lottery’ conversation, but these players are now living out their dreams simply because they bought a ticket.”

The National Lottery currently has around 60% of the adult population in the UK playing on a regular basis, with players raising around £30 million each and every week for National Lottery-funded projects.