Good causes squeezed as lottery ticket sales fall

Good causes squeezed as lottery ticket sales fall

Despite the infinitesimal odds of landing the jackpot, millions of Britons cannot resist buying a National Lottery ticket in the hope of becoming millionaires overnight.

While some critics describe the lottery as a de facto stealth tax, particularly on some of the poorest people in the country who see it as one of the few ways to obtain a life-changing windfall, the game’s existence has been justified by politicians for its ability to raise huge sums for so-called “good causes”.

Since its founding in 1994, the lottery has raised more than £37bn for groups, including charities, up-and-coming artists and the country’s all-conquering Olympic athletes.

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