National Lottery 25th Birthday



The National Lottery celebrates its 25 birthday on 19 November 2019. 

To mark this momentous milestone, and more than £40 billion that has been raised for good causes across the UK since 1994, The National Lottery family will be thanking National Lottery players with a range of events across the UK in the run-up to 19 November.

The 25th birthday is an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary impact The National Lottery has had on the UK and to say thank you to National Lottery players for contributing to the £30 million that goes to good causes every week. Our CEO Stewart Harris says:

“Investment from the National Lottery over the last 25 years has played a significant role in supporting the development of a world-class sporting system in Scotland.

“At sportscotland we know that sport can be life-changing which is why we invest National Lottery funding into projects to strengthen communities and the lives of those who live in them.
“From children taking their first steps in sport to the Olympic and Paralympic athletes delivering consistently on the world stage, National Lottery funding is a key component in helping us to deliver the many benefits of sport to everyone in Scotland.”

We're so happy that you've been a part of our history, making a real difference to people and places in your local community, and want to invite you to be part of our exciting 25th Birthday celebrations.

There are lots of ways to get involved, including:  


#ThanksToYou, 23 November - 1 December 2019

The idea of #ThanksToYou is simple: anyone who visits a National Lottery supported project and shows a National Lottery ticket between 23 November and 1 December is able to take up a special offer. Last year there were almost 500 special offers for National Lottery players. This year, for the 25th Birthday, #ThanksToYou will be bigger than ever! Find out more here -

What might my special offer look like?

From free entry into some of the UK’s most loved museums and heritage sites, to behind the scenes tours of world class sporting venues, or setting aside tickets to a sold-out theatre performance, there are so many ways for everyone to get involved with #ThanksToYou. This is a great opportunity to highlight the work you're doing.

If you'd like register to be a part of the campaign, but you're not quite sure what your special offer might be, download the #ThanksToYou toolkit. Otherwise reach out to Stacey Reed, our project manager for the #ThanksToYou campaign, who would be happy to help. You can contact Stacey Reed. Register your offer on the #ThanksToYou page


The National Lottery 25th Birthday Toolkit

The Open Toolkit has been created for you to use, containing everything from ideas to key messages to logos and social posts. Please take a look at the 'How to get involved' section to get you started. 


Celebrate with us

We would love you to tell us how you'll be celebrating on 19 November , share your National Lottery funding story with us or shine the light on someone connected to your project that's gone above and beyond to help your sporting community thrive. Share your stories with us at sportscotland communications.


Remember to use the hashtags:

  • #NationalLottery25
  • #ThanksToYou


And here is how the Scottish sporting community has celebrated so far ... 


Because You Play, 8 November 2019

Visit Sport First to find out how Scottish sports teamed up to say thank you to Lottery players for 25 years of support.


Fingers crossed selfie, 29 October 2019

On Tuesday 29 October we invited everyone in sport to join us in posting a fingers-crossed selfie on social media in a digital celebration of The National Lottery’s 25th birthday. In the 25 years since its first draw, over £40 billion has been given out to good causes with over half a million (565,000) projects benefiting from this life-changing money. This is why we’re encouraging thousands of people, projects and communities we’ve funded all over the UK to post a crossed finger selfie on social media to say a collective thank you to National Lottery players.  


Date published: 03 October 2019
Date updated: 08 November 2019


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