I remember the first time the National Lottery was on the TV really well. I was ten years old and my Dad and I were visiting my Nan and Grandad at their new house in Lowestoft. My Dad let me choose my own numbers and paid for me to get a ticket. Sadly, I didn’t win anything but since that day, the Lottery has become a bit of a British institution, evolving to include a Wednesday draw, as well as EuroMillions, scratchcards and all of the rest of it.

The National Lottery Good Causes Fund was also founded 20 years ago and in that time has funded an number of amazing projects, as the infographic below shows (visit World Lottery Club to see more good causes which have been helped by the Lottery):

It’s incredible to think that £32 billion has been donated to good causes over the last 2 decades. Locally to me, a huge sum of £890k was donated to a project which helps children who are growing up in difficult family circumstances. Family Action Chief Executive Helen Dent said: “Our new partnership Stronger Families, Future Communities, is great news for children and families in Southend-on-Sea and we’re looking forward to working with a range of organisations to support children and parents in the area. This service will build on Family Action’s outstanding children’s centre and family support in Southend-on-Sea and we’re grateful for the opportunity the Big Lottery Fund has given us to make a real difference improving children’s futures.”

On thing which did surprise me was that half of all Lottery winners actually return to work. Pretty much everyone I’ve ever played the “what would you do if you won?” game with has said “give up work” before anything else, so finding out that such a high percentage actually return to work was not something I had expected.

What would you do if you won the lottery? Do you have any fab, lottery funded projects near you? Do leave me a comment below.