Publishing its 2015 half year financial results (period ending 26 September), UK National Lottery operator Camelot UK Ltd, announced record prize payouts of £2 billion in prize money.
The operator succeeded in growing total ticket sales to £3.6 billion, an increase of £145 million on the corresponding period last year.
Total sales in the first six months of 2015, were boosted by 15% year-on-year growth across The National Lottery’s GameStore range of online and in-store instant play games.
Its increase in sales would see Camelot generate £875 million for National Lottery Good Causes – taking the total raised to date to over £34 billion.
Detailing its growth, Camelot governance pointed to strong growth across its digital channels, as mobile sales grew by 72%. During the period the operator was able to integrate new innovations such as the launch of Barclays Pingit as the first-ever mobile payment option for National Lottery players.
Andy Duncan, Chief Executive of Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, commented on performance
“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.”