National Lottery raises £550m for London 2012 Olympics
LONDON – Camelot has announced that the UK National Lottery has already raised £550 million towards the 2012 Olympic Games in London thanks to lottery players playing special London 2012 games. The target of raising £750 million for the start of the games is well within sight.
Most of the London 2012 specific games are online instant games available at the National Lottery website and a few scratch cards that can be purchased at lottery retail outlets across the country.
The money raised through sales of lottery games is part of the National Lottery’s commitment to providing over two billion pounds of funding to the public funding package for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Dianne Thompson, chief executive of Camelot issued the following statement, “We are delighted that we have achieved the £550 million landmark amount. We are right on track with our target for raising £750 million for London 2012 and have some fantastic game developments lined up to raise the remaining £200 million – part of the wider lottery contribution of £2.2 billion.We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our National Lottery players and retailers for such a fantastic achievement.Through buying and selling specially-designated games, they’re playing a fundamental role in making the London 2012 Games the greatest sporting event the nation has ever seen and will create a lasting legacy for the whole of the UK.”
The Dream Number game, which was specially designated to go towards Olympic funds, will end in early 2011 but new games will be brought in to replace it, Camelot also announced.
The £750 million aimed to be raised by sales of lottery games is going to go towards Olympic infrastructure and five of the arenas currently under construction at the Olympic park including, the Olympic Stadium, VeloPark, aquatics centre, handball arena and the hockey stadium.
Published: November 1, 2010