UK consumer goods chain Wilko has announced that it will no longer be offering National Lottery products in its stores.It is not entirely clear why the company has made this decision, but it has hinted that it is based on financial considerations. Wilko stated that the decision is a “smart choice” and that offering lottery products is no longer a “priority.” If the company were to change its mind, it would “require a significant investment” to continue.
Focus on Brand and Customer Experience
Instead of offering National Lottery products, Wilko wants to focus on improving its brand and customer experience, as well as its relationship with employees. The company also stated that the decision will not reduce the investment in worthy causes provided by the National Lottery. This is because Wilko has its own charitable activity that reportedly provides up to £10,000 ($12,046) per week for good causes.Over the past four years, Wilko has donated over £2 million ($2.4 million) through this program. Charities that have benefited from this program include Save the Children, the Alzheimer’s Society, and the Teenage Cancer Trust.Wilko operates 370 stores in England and Wales, offering a variety of household goods and appliances, garden equipment, DIY equipment, and more.
Record Sales for National Lottery
Camelot, which currently operates the National Lottery until Allwyn takes over in 2024, has reported record sales for the first half of its current financial year. Across the first six months, Camelot saw over £4 billion ($4.82 billion) in sales, marking the first time the company has reached this level since it began operating the National Lottery. This has been a highlight for the company as it begins to wind down before turning over operations to Allwyn.Camelot also announced that it had donated £956.5 million ($1.15 billion) in the period, the highest ever for the first six months of a fiscal year. For all of 2022, Camelot donated over £1.9 billion ($2.28 billion) to worthy causes. These impressive figures demonstrate the continued success and popularity of the National Lottery.