Premier Lotteries Ireland, the operator of the National Lottery has reported operating profits of €8.9 million in 2019, up from €5.1 million in 2018, reflecting increased sales in the year.
Its full year results for 2019 show that sales were up to €884.5 million, from €805 million the previous year.
Online sales were up 31% compared to the previous year and accounted for €80.7 million, representing 9.1% of total sales.
Sales of draw-based games increased to €586.7 million, while sales of scratch card and interactive games accounted for €297.8 million.
1.39 million people played National Lottery games each week, according to the report, representing nearly 40% of the adult population in Ireland.
The company highlighted that €251.6 million went to the Good Causes fund in 2019, which supports thousands of organisations and groups in towns and villages across Ireland.
Andrew Algeo, Chief Executive of PLI, said the company has introduced a number of measures amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“We extended the period of time that winners can collect prizes on all draws and certain scratch card games in order to encourage people to stay at home and our enhanced online product means players can avoid unnecessary journeys,” he said.
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