National Lottery will be Reformed
It has been announced that the National Lottery in the UK will be reformed so that the original emphasis on good causes can be restored. The announcement was made by John Penrose, who is Minister for Tourism and Heritage, and good causes should benefit to the tune of an extra £50 million each year. This news will undoubtedly please many people who might have felt that the initial pledge to support good causes has taken a bit of a back seat in recent years. That hasn’t actually been entirely the case by any means, but it is true that a renewed focus on good causes is warranted.
When making the announcement, John Penrose explained the motivation behind the reformation of the National Lottery. “The National Lottery was created in 1994 and, since that time, around £25 billion has been raised for good causes,” he said. “But the founding vision – that it should primarily benefit the arts, sport, heritage and the voluntary sector with funding for projects that would not otherwise get off the ground – got lost along the way. Today I am putting that right.”
New rules will come into force in 2012, and these will ensure that the original good causes will receive 20% of the profits raised from the sale of National Lottery tickets. Not only will this benefit the good causes themselves, it will also give lottery players an even bigger incentive to play regularly so that they can continue to support those causes.
There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks of the Government wanting to create a Big Society where members of the public take more responsibility for the society they live in, and John Penrose explained how the National Lottery would be supporting this initiative. “The voluntary and community sector is at the very heart of our mission to build a Big Society in which people have a greater role in the things that directly affect them, and gives everyone an opportunity to give something back for the benefit of all,” he said. “The National Lottery has a fine record of supporting VCS projects, and we are absolutely clear that this work should continue. We will be directing the Big Lottery Fund to make sure that its future funding is focused very clearly on the VCS.”
We welcome this news that the National Lottery will be reformed, but lottery players can already do a lot of good by continuing to support the lottery as it stands. Buy lottery tickets online today and you can play for a £7.2 million Lotto jackpot on Wednesday 20 October as well as a £25 rollover EuroMillions jackpot on Friday 22 October. Have fun and good luck!Monday 18th October 2010
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