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Sport Lottery Funding

Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport
Last updated: 13 October 2020
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There are about 80 countries, worldwide, that have some type of National Lottery; and multiple lottery products exist in many countries. Within some countries lotteries are sanctioned by regional, state, provincial, territorial, etc. level governments [source: Lotteries by country, Wikipedia].

Key messages

Funding to sport

National lottery funding for sport is an established practice internationally, with dedicated proceeds in many countries going to support government investment in sport (e.g. events, infrastructure, programs, athletes).

High performance

The potential impact of lottery funding as a contributor to enhancing international competitiveness in sport is best illustrated by the success of the United Kingdom (Team GB) at Olympic and Paralympic Games since the introduction of National Lottery contributions to sport funding in 1997.

Risk

Any form of gambling (legal or otherwise) presents potential risks that some degree of social or personal harm may result.

Background

Sport lottery examples

Australia
There had been a long history of attempts to develop a national lottery for the Australian sport sector.

International
There are about 80 countries, worldwide, that have some type of National Lottery.

Further resources and reading

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