– Charnwood, Nottingham and Leicester are the most lottery-funded places in the East Midlands;
– Newark and Sherwood received this year’s single biggest lottery grant in the region, worth £4,999,992;
– Over the past three decades, the National Lottery offered Oadby and Wigston the least funding in the East Midlands;
– Hinckley and Bosworth currently hosts one millionaire who has not yet claimed their prize;
– A total of £46bn from unclaimed prizes and a proportion of lottery ticket sales have funded good causes across the UK.
Since 1994, the National Lottery has sponsored £2,589,295,100-worth of projects in the East Midlands. Charnwood absorbed most of these funds (£505,551,498), followed by Nottingham (£365,716,203) and Leicester (£243,725,634). Meanwhile, Oadby and Wigston only ever received £8,389,431, this being the least funded place in the East Midlands.
This year alone, the East Midlands received £28,393,111 from the National Lottery, according to a study conducted by Solitaired.com (https://solitaired.com/), based on the latest government statistics. The single biggest lottery-funded project in the East Midlands this year so far was worth £4,999,992 for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts in Newark and Sherwood. Awarded on 14 February, the government data describes the project as “Nextdoor Nature”.
So far, a total of £46bn from the National Lottery has gone towards good causes across the UK, in areas such as education, environment, health, arts and sport. Sport is the sector in the East Midlands that benefitted the most from National Lottery grants over the past 28 years. The latest official government data suggests that this area in the East Midlands received a total of £916,486,281. Heritage is the second most lottery-funded sector in the East Midlands, with £490,832,603-worth of sponsorship since 1994. Health, Education, Environment and Charitable Expenditure causes follow closely behind, benefitting from £326,795,254 over the past three decades.
Nottingham received the biggest ever lottery grant in the region. On 7 July, 2014, the National Lottery awarded Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC £44,991,807 for a single project.
Nationally, Westminster has benefitted the most from National Lottery funds, amounting to a whopping £1,439,592,279 since 1994.
All these funds come from a proportion of ticket sales, as well as any unclaimed prizes within 180 days. Hinckley and Bosworth currently hosts one millionaire who has not yet claimed their prize. They have until July 20th to do so. Between October and December, 2021, UK residents claimed around £38m less than the previous quarter, which was added as returns to good causes.
The latest national survey carried out by the Gambling Commission suggests that 43% of adults took part in some form of gambling activity in the four weeks prior to the survey. This constitutes 4% less than before the pandemic. In the year ending March 31st, 2022, over £8bn-worth of tickets have been sold, of which almost a quarter went to various good causes across the UK.
A spokesperson for Solitaired.com commented on the findings: “If you ever lost a winning lottery ticket, there is comfort in knowing that your prize would have gone to a good cause, quite possibly in your own town.”
Here is how much funding from the National Lottery every local authority in the East Midlands has received since 1994 until the end of June, 2022:
|Local authority||Grant amount|
|Newark and Sherwood||£104,939,994|
|North West Leicestershire||£30,497,827|
|North East Derbyshire||£15,825,074|
|Hinckley and Bosworth||£12,785,163|
|Oadby and Wigston||£8,389,431|
There are eight lottery-funded grants currently available for eligible entities in England, with a maximum funding amount of £100,000. Another seven grants are available nationwide for film- and heritage-related projects, some of which have no maximum funding limit.