When people think about the lottery, they usually think about opulence, extravagance, and living the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Many people forget that the main purpose of most lotteries is actually to raise money for good causes.
Since the beginning of the lottery, governments have used it as a way to raise funds for charitable organizations in their countries. Nowadays, lottery good causes come in all types and forms. Below is some of the good causes that lotteries featured on our site contribute to.
France Loto, one of the largest French lotteries, contributes most of its charitable donations to sports related events and charities. France Loto currently is the title sponsor of a French national cycling team and donated a large portion of their funds to building and renovating football stadiums during Euro 2016. This lottery also works together with the National Olympic Committee to help French Olympic athletes.
The main charitable focus of the biggest German lottery, Lotto 6aus49, is education and youth culture events and causes. Lotto 6aus49 pools its raised funds together with 15 other German lotteries to create a large philanthropic fund which is divided and distributed to each of Germany’s regions. Lotto 6aus49 alone has managed to contribute over €600 million each year to this fund and has raised over €25 billion for these causes since its inception.
El Gordo is by far the biggest lottery in Spain and they make sure that a large chunk of their profits go to good causes. Their main charitable ventures are for the health, culture, and sports sectors. Some of these charitable ventures include supporting the Spanish Red Cross and helping to fund the Spanish Olympic Sports Association.
US Powerball is by far the biggest lottery in America, and maybe even one of the biggest lotteries in the world! Their charitable donations make a huge difference to lives all over the USA. Unlike the proceeds in other countries, each state in America gets to choose what they would like to do with their lottery funding individually.
Examples of what different states support with their donations
- Maryland - public safety, public health, the environment, and education
- Pennsylvania - senior citizens
- Iowa - veteran’s trust fund
- Wisconsin - homeowners property tax relief
- Nebraska - recycling, lake improvement, and the state fair’s facilities.
- North Dakota, Kansas, Louisiana, and Washington - improving and providing programs for gambling addicts
- Colorado - preserving and improving the state’s wildlife, parks, open spaces, trails, and rivers
UK Lottery and EuroMillions
The UK Lottery, EuroMillions, and a few more European lotteries, contribute funds towards The Good Causes Fund. The Good Causes Fund is a lottery charity that benefits many causes in the UK, including health, education, environment, charity, sports, the arts, and heritage. The UK Lottery donates all its charitable funds to this fund, while EuroMillions only donates a portion of theirs (the rest goes to charitable ventures in other European countries).
The dividends of The Good Causes Fund is split differently between various needing sectors each year, but usually ends up being 40% towards health, education, and environment; 20% to sport; 20% to the arts; and 20% to heritage.
Which lottery good causes do you think make the most difference and which do you think need more attention? Let us know in the comments!