Turnover at the National Lottery up 12pc to €750m
Turnover at the National Lottery in 2016 was €750m, an increase of 12pc on the previous year.
Of the €750m in revenue generated, €422m was returned to people through National Lottery prizes, while €213m was given to good causes in Ireland.
During 2016 just over two million of all Irish adults played National Lottery games regularly.
The increased turnover at the Premier Lotteries Ireland run franchise, was driven by an increase in online sales.
Online sales of National Lottery games increased by 77pc to €40m in 2016.
The increase in online sales does not appear to have impacted sales of National Lottery games in shops, which increased 10pc in 2016.
In 2014 Premier Lotteries Ireland was granted a 20 year licence to run the lottery. Prior to this the National Lottery had been ran by An Post since it was established in 1986.
Canadian-controlled Premier Lotteries Ireland is made up of An Post, An Post Pension Funds, and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.