Increase in smartphone and tablet users coupled with a revamp of prizes fuel surge of interest in Camelot-run lottery games
National lottery sales hit a record £7.6bn last year as players bought tickets using smartphones and a revamp in prizes revived interest in its main Lotto game.
Sales increased by £317m, or 4%, in the year to the end of March, said Camelot, which runs the lottery. A record £4.2bn was paid out to customers, while good causes such as charities, art projects and Olympic athletes received £1.9bn in funding. The remainder goes on running costs, retailer commissions and taxes.