Public Expenditure and Reform | National Lottery running costs
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which the running costs of the National Lottery remain at 10%; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The following material has been submitted to me by the Regulator of the National Lottery for use in answering this question.
The 90% and 10% figures used in the National Lottery advertisement are taken from the most recent audited accounts of the Operator – 2021 – (to be laid before the Oireachtas shortly). These are the most recent figures available.
When one looks back over the years since the License commenced, one finds that the sum of the shares of sales going to prizes, good causes and retailer commission is around 90% in each year of the operation of the National Lottery (varying between 89% and 91%).
For example, the 2021 audited accounts also show the corresponding figures for 2020 of 58% going to prizes and 28% going to good causes. Adding retailer commission of 5% yields and a total of 91% and thus 9% remaining for the Operator.
The 2021 Annual Report of the Regulator of the National Lottery (also to be laid before the Oireachtas shortly) provides the percentage of sales going to Prizes and the amount generated for Good Causes for every year of operation since the current Licence commenced. As the extracted table below shows, the individual percentages of sales vary slightly from year to year but these variations are marginal. Ultimately, the sum of the percentages going to prizes, good causes and retailer commissions comes to circa 90% in each year of operation.
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