Lottery makes Camelot record £3.5bn sales
When recessions hit, everyone starts gambling. With that, in these austere times, British gamblers bet a record £3.5bn on the National Lottery in the six months to 19th September.
That's a rise in ticket sales of 3.4%, with £999m spent on scratchcards too.
With that, the lotto operator, Camelot, managed to raise £750m for the London Olympics and Paralympics and gave a staggering (and again, a record) £953m to good causes in that six month period.
Camelot also paid out £1.9bn in prize money.
At least some good is coming out of this particular brand of gambling, unlike those twerps in the city, spunking money into bottomless pits and nearly taking Swiss banks down with them.