The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday
November 19th 2019 marks the 25th birthday of The National Lottery.
To celebrate this momentous milestone, and more than £40 billion that has been raised for good causes across the UK since 1994, The National Lottery family has thanked National Lottery players with a range of events across the UK.
News & events
Activist and actress Lily Cole recently flicked the switch to illuminate the Eden Project’s Biomes in Cornwall, transforming them into iconic National Lottery Balls marking the start of the nine day #ThanksToYou campaign.
We're making a special £7.5 million pot of funding available to help communities celebrate the impact the National Lottery has made since 1994.
BAFTA nominated writer and director David Schneider has said happy 25th birthday to The National Lottery with the release of a short film starring comedian Jimmy Carr and a host of celebrities.
What would the UK look like without iconic National Lottery funded art from the last 25 years? Illusionist and magician Julius Dein took on the challenge of making Gateshead's Angel of the North disappear.
To celebrate 25 years of National Lottery players' support for charities across the UK, singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor visited Claire House Children’s Hospice to read the children a bedtime story.
On Tuesday 29th October we’re inviting past and present grant holders to join us in posting a cross finger selfie on social media in a digital celebration of The National Lottery’s 25th birthday.
World-renowned artist, David Mach, unveils new artwork to celebrate the impact of the national lottery over 25 years25th birthday celebrations are launched by the unveiling of a new piece of artwork in an unusual location.
‘Tea Tyne’: Scarlett Moffatt hosts World Record-Breaking Cream Tea party to Celebrate National Lottery's 25th BirthdayTV personality Scarlett Moffatt played host to a tasty world record attempt on 23 October. She joined 1,054 people from across the UK as they munched their way into the Guinness World Records™ hall of fame by taking part in the largest cream tea party.
Enter the toolkit
As a grant holder you’ve made a real difference to people and places in your local community and play an enormous part in National Lottery history.
We want to ensure you have a role in these exciting celebrations too and can share your stories with the public. That's why we've created a toolkit to help you do that. It contains everything from ideas to images, key messages to social posts and logos to internal communications examples.
We'd like you to use the contents of the toolkit now on social media, your website, in printed material and any other way you like to celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery helping ordinary people do extraordinary things.
Applications for #CelebrateNationalLottery25 have closed
If you’ve submitted an application you can still log on and download your form if you need it for future reference. We hope to let you know by email whether you have been successful by 24 February 2020.
How will we choose who to fund? #CelebrateNationalLottery25 is about people and communities joining in with our birthday celebrations.