When you play the lottery, you fantasize about what you will do when you win the jackpot. The prize money would enable you to buy a new house; purchase a fancy car; travel the world—and surely much more. When you think about it, your dreams of winning the lottery are probably a bit selfish when it comes to considering the Lottery benefits.
Still, you are likely a goodhearted person. Perhaps you plan to share your good fortune with family and friends. You may also consider making generous donations to worthy charities and giving back to society. But, most of the jackpot prize you would keep for yourself, and that’s perfectly understandable.
What if you don’t win?
What if you don’t win the jackpot? There goes the new house; the fancy car; and the travel plans. On the one hand, you no longer need to worry that others will see you as a selfish person, but on the other hand, you won’t be able to demonstrate your generosity by sharing a prize with family and friends.
Most of us tend to forget that the purpose of lotteries is to raise money for good causes and to fund projects that are not supported by government budgets. A significant portion of ticket sale revenue does go to lucky prize winners, but lotteries all over the world support culture, environment protection, social issues, sports, health and human services, education, and other charitable causes.
When you play the most popular lottery in the UK, the National Lottery’s Lotto game, you are helping to support life-changing projects in the UK. According to the National Lottery’s website, “a hefty slice of the money received goes to a huge variety of projects, both big and small, from repairing Scout huts to making Olympic and Paralympic champions.”
Lottery Benefits: Does this funding benefit everyone?
The National Lottery says that almost everyone in the UK has benefited in some way, through its Good Causes division.
Funds received from National Lottery ticket sales are distributed by 12 independent organizations. The mission of the Arts Council English is to provide ‘great art for everyone‘ while the BFI Film Forever works to create a flourishing film environment in the UK. Some of these independent distributors are regional and support good causes in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Others like the Heritage Lottery Fund, “help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.”
In total, the National Lottery, through funds raised by people playing the lottery, has supported more than half a million projects. In the year ending 31 March 2017, £1,628 million was raised for National Lottery projects, with 40% going to health, education, environment and charitable causes; 20% of the funding to sports projects; another 20% to the arts; and the remaining 20% of the funding to heritage projects.
Over half a million projects supported and 4,700+ millionaires!
Over the last 22 years, the National Lottery has created more than 4,700 millionaires and it is true that most of us play the lottery with the hopes of joining that exclusive club. But when we play, we should take a moment to remember what the lottery is all about.
Supporting good causes is not a selfish thing at all. When you play everyone benefits, no matter if you win or lose.
This is a collaborative post.