The UK National lottery ticket winnings are paid tax free and in a lump sum, however as the corporate saying goes ‘you have to be in it to win it’, and to be in with that chance of winning you really do need to purchase a lottery ticket first. Since its inception the National Lottery has had a whole army of retailers who supply lottery tickets to the eager public, the advent of the internet generation has made the purchasing of lottery tickets even easier with opportunities to purchase online by various methods such as individually online as required by debit or credit card or even by a regular standing order payment.
The internet has opened doors to participate in lotteries worldwide and it is now possible to buy lottery tickets not only for the UK lottery games online but also for international games such as the Spanish El Gordo, the Canadian Lotto 6/49 and the USA Megamillions to name just a few.
The attraction of purchasing lottery tickets for the National Lottery however is in part due to the association that the lottery has for its charitable contributions. For each £1 paid for a lottery ticket 28p is donated to good causes, with another 50p allocated for prize money. The remainder of the lottery ticket price is split between four other groups; controversially 12p goes to the Government in taxes, 5p goes towards retailer commission, 4.5p is allocated for the operating costs of running the lottery and the remainder 0.5p is profit for shareholders.
It is estimated the over £22 billion has been raised for good causes from lottery ticket sales alone, these good causes are located all over the UK, The Eden Project being one of the most famous success stories. The success of these projects and all the new ones that are added to the list are reliant on each and every lottery ticket sale, so every time you purchase your lotto ticket give yourself a well deserved pat on the back for all the help you are giving.