Camelot Under Fire From Government Watchdog As Good Causes Revenues Fall
UK National Lottery Operator Camelot is coming under fire from government watchdogs due to the disparity between profits in the last seven years and money given to good causes. The National Auditor Office (NAO) reports indicates that income fell to £1.63 billion while at the same time three of the largest Lottery distributors increased their grant commitments by a total of £88 million.
This latest drop came as Lottery sales fell by 9% to £6.93 billion compared to the previous year. To make matters worse Camelot have said they expect a further decrease in money for good causes in 2017-2018.
Chairperson of Westminster’s public accounts committee Meg Hillier even voiced her suspicion that Camelot may not be operating under the National Lottery Act due to the 15 percent drop in income for good causes. She went on to point out that the drop in income for good causes comes at a time when Camelot’s profits increased by 122% in the last seven years.
Another factor in the lower revenues was the fact that there was drop in draw-based games where return ranges from 34p for each pound spent. This is in contrast to scratch cards who showed an increase in sales and where only around 10p of every pound went to good causes.