South Africa is a country beset by high unemployment and poverty rates. As a result, society relies significantly on the support offered by various charitable, not-for-profit and non-government organizations. A considerable proportion of the financial support offered to such organizations is collected and distributed through South Africa’s national lottery organizations.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is near-legendary, a name recognized worldwide. The club initially started donating money to charities as far back as 1915, although its real commitment to social upliftment took hold in poverty-struck 1950s post-war Hong Kong, China. Today, HKJC donates funds to various charities through the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, which is one of the top ten charity donors worldwide.
The United Kingdom has a long tradition of both charitable fundraising and a strong betting culture. It is therefore unsurprising that the UK national lottery, operated by Camelot, successfully raised and distributed a staggering USD 3.2 billion to various good causes during the 2019 financial year. Camelot’s contributions to good causes spans multiple sectors, including health, sports, arts, heritage, education, environment, and social causes.
In Brazil, a staggering almost 10% of the population lives in extreme poverty. This makes it one of the most critical focal areas of concern for the government and, by extension, the state lottery. Caixa Econômica Federal (Caixa)offers various programs to help reduce poverty levels and support the country’s poor.
The New York State Lottery was created in 1967 for the specific purpose of raising additional funds for education in the state. Because of its mandate, the lottery is able to provide 100% of its revenue after winnings and operating expenses to the New York school system.