Contributing to Scientific Research
State lotteries contribute to the financing of research. Lotteries finance large and small initiatives by scientific organisations to bring science to a wider audience, helping various non-profit organisations to bring scientific knowledge to the attention of the general public. They also contribute to making scientific careers attractive to young people.
Culture and Cultural Heritage in the EU
Lotteries are probably the most important patrons of the arts in Europe. Throughout the EU, revenue from lottery funds helps to underpin projects in the field of culture and heritage on a sustainable and structural basis. An important part of Europe’s architectural heritage would no longer exist today were it not for the funding from lotteries.
Contributing to Social Inclusion in the EU
A number of state lotteries in Europe were set up centuries ago with the specific purpose of donating revenue from gambling to charitable causes, helping those that were most in need. Today, social projects and charities are the second most important beneficiaries of lottery funding in the EU.
Contributing to the full social inclusion of disabled people
More than 80 million people in the European Union have a disability. The EU institutions pursue the aim of their full active inclusion and full participation in society. The European Lotteries has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Disability Forum, the representative umbrella organisation of persons with a disability in the European Union.
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Contributing to Volunteering in the EU
There are an estimated 100 million volunteers in the European Union, making an important contribution to the development of society, the economy and the individual. By operating games of chance for the public benefit, State lotteries contribute financially to the civil society organisations and associations where citizens engage in voluntary activities.
Youth and Education in the European Union
Throughout the European Union, state lotteries contribute to creating opportunities for young people and encouraging them to be active in society. Many of our members contribute to youth policy and education through the activities they support, such as sport and support to disabled persons.
Money from State Lotteries to Society
A fundamental characteristic of state lotteries -and the key difference to the commercial gambling industry - is that the state lotteries operate games of chance (lotteries, sports betting, etc) for the public benefit. The state lotteries’ proceeds are used for the benefit of society as a whole rather than being a source of private profit.
Key Data in the European lottery sector is gathered through the ELISE survey established by EL. Every year, all Members of the Association participate in the elaboration of the ELISE report, which demonstrates the importance of State lotteries for society.