The Irish National Lottery was established in 1986 with the goal of supporting valuable community projects across the Republic of Ireland, with more than €4.7 billion raised so far. Funding is transferred to the Irish Exchequer, which distributes the money to projects in the areas of Arts, Culture and National Heritage, Health and Welfare, Irish Language, Sport, Recreation and Amenities as well as Youth.
Around €0.30 from every €1 spent on Irish National Lottery games, including Lotto, EuroMillions, Daily Million and TellyBingo, is used to boost the charitable fund. Here are some worthy projects that have recently received lottery funding:
- Paralympics Ireland sent 45 athletes to the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, 17 of whom had benefited from the support of Irish Lottery players. This funding allowed competitors, like runner Michael McKillop, who won gold, and swimmer Ellen Keane to concentrate on their sports full time.
- The Tipperary Town-based Circle of Friends centre has received an award to allow it to continue to provide support and therapies to cancer sufferers and their families for free. The organisation is looking to move into purpose-built facilities in 2018.
- Lottery money has helped to improve the facilities and help for elderly people provided by Drogheda Community Services. They run a day care facility in the won that offers users the chance to eat together, have their hair cut and take part in a range of social activities.
When you buy lottery tickets, you're funding more than just your own hopes and dreams – you're contributing to the betterment of Irish society.