Since its inception 30 years ago, the Irish National Lottery has raised more than €5 billion for good causes across the country.
The achievements of the state-owned lottery, which has been celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, were recognised by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar during a live broadcast of a special extended Lotto draw last month.
Speaking before the start of the draw, Prime Minister Varadkar spoke of the special place the National Lottery holds in Irish society, having been set up by the government in 1987 with the express purpose of raising funds for good causes in the areas of health, sport, arts and heritage, youth and the environment.
“Thousands of communities, individuals and organisations have benefited from National Lottery funding over the last three decades and I am delighted to celebrate and to mark this milestone,” he said.
“There isn’t a community, town or townland in Ireland that hasn’t benefited from the National Lottery in some way since its foundation. That includes financial support for sports clubs, disability, local social and health services, artistic projects, and the Irish language. 30 cents in every euro spent on the lottery goes back to good causes.”
National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said generating funds for deserving causes in society has been the guiding principle for all National Lottery’s activities over its lifetime.
“Having been a member of the National Lottery team for over 10 years and having seen the hard work needed to produce these results I am immensely proud of this achievement,” Griffin stated.
“Last year alone €210 million was raised for Good Causes. These funds play an invaluable role in maintaining and supporting the vital services and infrastructure which help to define Ireland, our communities and our culture.”
According to Griffin, the Irish National Lottery will continue to adapt and change to ensure that it the remains relevant to society and, in doing so, gain sales in a responsible manner and increase returns to good causes.
He said the group has invested heavily in technology – both in-store and online – so that players can have the best possible modern user experience.
“To reflect the changing times today more than 700,000 National Lottery Apps have been downloaded and we have more than 380,000 registered players online,” Griffin said.
Totally Gaming says: Approximately 30 cents of every euro generated by National Lottery sales are put towards projects in the areas of sport and recreation, health and welfare, national heritage, the arts and the Irish language. And as the operator celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, the group will be hoping to top the €210 million raised for good causes in 2016.