People across Dumfries and Galloway have helped make the National Lottery what it is today, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said as one of the UK’s most well-loved institutions celebrates its 20th year.
Established in 1994, the National Lottery has raised over £31 billion for good causes and supported over 400,000 projects throughout the UK. This includes over £2.5 billion of support for over 50,000 individual good causes in Scotland.
With around 70 per cent of the UK adult population playing, the UK National Lottery is able to offer big prizes and large amounts of funding for good causes. For Dumfries and Galloway this has provided £53m supporting over 2000 projects including:
Over £1m of Heritage Lottery funding towards the revitalisation of Dumfries’s Dock Park; over £960,000 of Heritage Lottery funding to the Kirkcudbright Art Gallery project and over £940,000 of lottery funding through the Big Lottery Fund to develop the community owned and run St. Ninian’s Hall in the Isle of Whithorn.
Mr Carmichael said: “The National Lottery is made in UK, played in UK, loved by the UK. It has improved our arts, protected our heritage, regenerated our communities, supported some amazing charities provided better sporting facilities for everyone and helped finance some of our greatest sporting heroes.
“People across Dumfries and Galloway have helped make the National Lottery what it is today. Together with communities all across the UK they have helped all sorts of good causes. It’s a brilliant example of what we can achieve together as part of the UK.”