Irish Lottery raises $5.96bn for good causes

Irish National Lottery

Raising funds for good causes has been the National Lottery's primary goal.

The Irish Prime Minister recognised the Irish National Lottery’s accomplishment of raising US$5.96 billion for good causes since its birth 30 years ago.

Ireland.- The Irish National Lottery was created 30 years ago and organised a special extended Lotto draw last month to celebrate it. During the live broadcast of the draw, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar recognised the organisation and its accomplishments as it raised over US$5.96 billion for good causes all around Ireland since it was first introduced in 1987.

“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,” said Varadkar, as quoted by Totally Gaming. He also praised the organisation and highlighted the “special place” it holds in Irish society.

“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,” he added.

According to National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin, generating funds for good causes is the primary goal of the organisation and said he’s “immensely proud of this achievement.” He also explained that “last year alone, [US$250.3 million] were raised for Good Causes,” and highlighted that money’s role in “maintaining vital services and infrastructure.”

Griffin advanced that the Irish National Lottery will continue to adapt to new technologies in order to stay relevant and keep the money flowing towards good causes. “To reflect the changing times today more than 700k National Lottery Apps have been downloaded and we have more than 380k registered players online,” he added.