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Responses to GERS queries - National Lottery

Q: What is the value of National Lottery revenue and expenditure allocated to Scotland?  How are these calculated?

A: Revenue

Scotland is apportioned a share of UK revenue from the National Lottery. This is the revenue paid to the National Lottery Distribution Fund by the lottery operator, which is to be spent for good causes. Scotland’s share of this revenue is estimated based on its share of household spending on gambling, taken from the Office for National Statistics publication Family Spending:


 (Reference Table A35)


Estimated Scottish National Lottery revenue (£m)

2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
National Lottery revenue  153 179 177 181 179


Scotland’s share of National Lottery grants to good causes is estimated by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport, and is available from the GERS 2014-15 expenditure database

The value is shown in the table below:

Estimated Scottish National Lottery expenditure (£m)

  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
National Lottery expenditure 130 162 167 51 186