Taoiseach's tribute to €5bn Lotto funding
Good causes benefited from €5bn in National Lottery funding over the past three decades, said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last night.
Mr Varadkar spoke live on television at an event to mark the lottery's 30th anniversary, which included a special broadcast of the mid-week Lotto draw in front of a live audience on RTÉ One.
The audience for the draw included beneficiaries of lottery funding, senior RTÉ personnel including its director general Dee Forbes and chair of the RTÉ Authority, Moya Doherty, personalities associated with the National Lottery over the years, retailers and past and present National Lottery staff.
Around 30c of every euro generated by National Lottery sales goes towards projects in the areas of sport and recreation, health and welfare, national heritage, the arts, and the Irish language. That amounts to around half a million euro every day.
National Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin said: "We always promote responsible play.
"We created over 800 millionaires."
Last year, €210m was raised for good causes.