The National Lottery today announced that with just over two years to go, £500 million has been raised by lottery players for London 2012 through sales of its specially designated games, including Dream Number, certain Scratchcards and all interactive instant win games.
In total, The National Lottery aims to raise £750 million for London 2012 through sales of such games, where all the Good Causes money raised goes towards the forthcoming Olympic Games and Paralympic Games – part of a wider lottery contribution of £2.2 billion.
Dianne Thompson, Chief Executive of Camelot, operator of The National Lottery said: “We are delighted that the £500 million milestone has already been reached, with over two years to go until London 2012. We’d like to thank National Lottery players for this fantastic achievement – by playing specially designated games, they are playing a crucial part in making the London 2012 Games the greatest sporting event the nation has ever seen and creating a lasting legacy for the whole of the UK.”
To celebrate the landmark, The National Lottery has launched a nationwide search for the UK’s expert in all things Olympic and Paralympic. The Games Brain of Britain is the ultimate test of Olympic and Paralympic Games knowledge. It will challenge Olympic and Paralympic buffs and sports fans alike to determine who deserves the title of the UK’s expert on the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. As the countdown to London 2012 gathers pace, there’s a chance to take the challenge online or by visiting the Games Brain of Britain roadshow.
Fronting the campaign is Olympic Games legend Sir Steve Redgrave MBE, Paralympic wheelchair athlete and gold medallist David Weir MBE and World Champion gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE.
The quiz is available to play online at national-lottery.co.uk/gamesbrain and made up of three rounds of five questions, answered against the clock, which get progressively harder as players move through the test. Competitors who complete the quiz in the fastest time will be chosen to take part in a national final where they will pit their wits against each other for the chance to be crowned the Games Brain of Britain – and win a holiday of a lifetime to the Olympic Games host city of their choice.
One of the greatest ever Olympians, Sir Steve Redgrave won gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games between 1984 and 2000.
Sir Steve said: “Raising £500 million for London 2012 from designated games with over two years to go is a phenomenal achievement by lottery players. It’s great to see the UK getting behind the approaching Games and what a fantastic way to begin the countdown by opening up the challenge to find the UK’s expert in Olympic and Paralympic Games knowledge.
“I hope people the length and breadth of the UK will take up the challenge – it will be fascinating to find out just what a nation of aficionados of the Olympics we are in the run up to the Games!”
Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games added:
“The £500 million raised by National Lottery players is great news and I’d like to thank everyone for their support of the London 2012 Games. The Games Brain of Britain is a fantastic challenge and is a great way to enthuse the public about the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. I’m looking forward to seeing who emerges as the UK’s expert!”
The nationwide search for the expert in Olympic Games and Paralympic Games knowledge will take to the roads in May for a regional tour throughout the summer visiting cities across the UK including Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Cardiff, London and Glasgow.
The National Lottery is playing a key role in the success of London 2012 by contributing £2.2 billion to the public funding package for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Of the £750 million that will come from sales of specially designated lottery games, all the Good Causes money raised will go towards funding the provision of facilities and supporting infrastructure for the 2012 Games. In particular, The National Lottery players are helping to fund five major new sports facilities that include the Olympic Stadium, a new VeloPark, Aquatics Centre, Handball Arena and Hockey Centre.
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