Lotteries and charities go hand in hand. State and private lotteries in different parts of the world donate part of their profits—in varying degrees—to good causes. In Europe, lottery sales amount to 82 billion euros collected each year, on the average. But according to a new study, only 10 percent of lottery revenues in the region are set aside for charities.
According to the research commissioned by Unibet, out of the 13 major European countries, the most generous are Portugal and Ireland, donating 31 percent of their lottery revenue to different charities or good causes.
Between the two countries, Portugal earns the largest in terms of lottery sales at €1.728 million followed by Ireland’s €735 million. Fifth on the list is the United Kingdom, which donates 25 percent of its lottery revenue to charities.
The Netherlands, on the other hand, has four major lottery companies, three of which contribute 50 percent of revenues to charity, and 30 percent to the players’ remuneration. The fourth company, however, gives 69 percent to the players and the remaining amount to the country’s coffers.
At the bottom of the list are Spain and France, which donate 2 percent each, despite raking in the most in terms of revenue—Spain earns €11,019 million and France earns €12,100 million.
The largest beneficiaries of European lottery money are sports and various social projects, including health, education, environment, the arts, and heritage.