It was on 19 November 1994 that the first lottery draw took place.
Since then, more than £39billion from ticket sales has gone towards funding good causes in the arts, sport, heritage and communities across the UK.
"The National Lottery has transformed our lives in the UK over the past 25 years,” says Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund
“By buying a ticket, players have revitalised our public parks, supported our landscapes and wildlife, created world-class museums and visitor attractions, invested in new jobs and training, and helped people share countless stories of their rich and diverse heritage."
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There are lots of exciting activities and events planned to celebrate this momentous year.
From showcasing some of the amazing artist, grassroots and Olympic sportspeople, wildlife, historic places and charities that have benefited from National Lottery funding, to giving back to National Lottery players with our biggest #ThanksToYou week yet.
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Grant recipients who want to join in the celebrations can download a handy 25 Years toolkit. It contains everything from ideas and key messages to logos and social media posts.
And put 23 November - 1 December in your diaries. That’s the week – including two weekends – of this year’s #ThanksToYou celebrations, when National Lottery-funded attractions and projects will be encouraged to throw open their doors and give something back to the players who contribute around £30million to good causes every week.
Did you know that in the past quarter of a century, more than half a million individual projects have benefited from National Lottery funding?!
That's the equivalent of 190 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district.
“Quite simply, The National Lottery has made the UK a better place to live and it’s hugely exciting to imagine what could be achieved in the next 25 years," says Ros Kerslake.
Got an idea for your own project? Find out how to get heritage funding.