Lottery Good Cause Funding Tops €250 Million

The National Lottery has revealed figures for 2019 that reveal it has raised €250 million from players of its games for Good Causes in the past twelve months.

That represents a nine per cent increase on last year’s figure of €228.5 million.

More than €5.5 billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago, supporting thousands of organisations, sports clubs and community projects across the country.

Funds raised by the National Lottery are used to finance expenditure by various Government departments and bodies including Sport Ireland and the Sports Capital Programme through the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; the Health Service Executive; the Department of Rural and Community Development; the Arts Council of Ireland; the Heritage Council; the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and support for the Irish language.

“This has been a very special year for Good Causes at the National Lottery,” said CEO Andrew Algeo.

“Not only have our players helped us raise €250 million this past year, but we also reached the milestone of €5.5 billion raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago.”

“The National Lottery’s express purpose is to raise money for Good Causes and we are delighted to report this strong progress.”

In 2018, the National Lottery launched the Good Causes Awards to recognise previously unsung heroes all over Ireland.

Liquid Therapy, a Donegal based organisation for young people who want to experience surfing and are unable to participate in mainstream opportunities, was named the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year 2019.

Founder Tom Losey is pictured above with the National Lottery’s CSR and Good Causes relationship manager Jennifer Crowe. Losey was one of the guest speakers at the Sport for Business Sporting Year Ahead Conference in 2019. The 2020 event and report will be returning in September.

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