Lottery turnover up 4.9%

2012 was a good year for Belgium’s National Lottery. For the second year running the National Lottery saw its turnover rise. In 2012 the National Lottery’s turnover was 1,258 billion euro, a rise of 4.9% on 2011. Total pay-outs to the winners of lottery draw games such as Lotto, Joker and Euro Millions and scratch cards such as Subito, Presto and Win for Life totalled 662 million euro.

A total of 73 million players won something form one of the lottery’s games. As well as paying out winnings, some of the money raised by the lottery is invested in social projects.

During 2013 the National Lottery will look for additional points of sale and will branch out into betting on sport.

Among the lottery draw games, Euro Millions did especially well as regards turnover. There were also two Belgians among the Euro Millions jackpot winners during 2012. The lucky Belgians won 79 and 22.7 million euro respectively.

Meanwhile, 46 winners of Lotto and Super Lotto became millionaires in 2012. According to the National Lottery, this is a record. There was an increase in turnover of scratch cards. 34 people won a fixed sum every month for the rest of their life thanks to the scratch card game Win for Life.

New in 2012 was the National Lottery’s range of e-games. The online games were good for a total turnover of 65.1 million euro. This year, the National Lottery intends to further develop its internet gaming platform.