The National Lottery is 25!

The National Lottery 25 birthday logo, which is a hand crossing their fingers in a good luck symbol and a number 25 next to it


The National Lottery’s first ever lottery draw was on 19 November 1994, and this year marks its 25th year.

Since the National Lottery’s first draw took place, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.

The 25th birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact the National Lottery has had on the UK, and to say thank you to National Lottery players for contributing around £30 million to good causes every week.

The National Lottery has made more than 5,350 millionaires but its primary purpose is giving to good causes - over 565,000 individual grants have been awarded across the UK, that’s the equivalent of 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district.

25 years of supporting creativity in Scotland

The National Lottery has played a huge role in transforming the cultural landscape in Scotland, supporting and inspiring new work by individual artists, award winning venues and facilities and renowned festivals.

It continues to help bring together communities and people from across Scotland to enjoy some of the very best artistic and creative experiences, adding joy and pleasure to people’s lives.

An incredible £583m National Lottery funding has been awarded to nearly 16,000 arts, screen and creative organisations and projects across Scotland over the last 25 years.

You can support the 25th birthday activities by using the external digital toolkit or play the game to help support good causes across the country.

Visit the National Lottery website