The National Lottery held its first draw 25 years ago on the 19th November 1994 and in the time since its launch it has made a huge impact on so many things.
The National Lottery try to ensure that as much money as possible goes towards life-changing projects, whether they are big or small and this can be seen in so many different ways. For example, repairing Scout huts to helping train Olympians and Para Olympians to give a few examples. Hannah Cockcroft is a wheelchair athlete who has won Olympic, World and European titles and she credits the National Lottery as one of the main reasons she has been able to train and reach those high levels.
The National Lottery states that it has helped to raise over £40 billion for good causes with more than 565,000 individual awards made across the UK and says if you were to average these out over the whole country it is on average 200 lottery grants in every UK Postcode district.
Over the last year 40% of the money given away has gone to health, education, environmental and charitable causes, 30% has gone to sport, 20% to arts and then 20% on heritage.
In twenty five years so many people have benefitted from these good causes and in years to come even more will be able to benefit as the National Lottery goes from strength to strength. Happy birthday National Lottery!!
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