Portsmouth Celebrates 20 Years of The National Lottery

A lucky Portsmouth lottery winner and  Portsmouth Historic Dockyard joined forces today (Thursday 30 October) to give a big thank you to National Lottery players and mark 20 years since the launch of The National Lottery.

 

Sharon Hall was a Master at Arms in the Royal Navy when she won £1,000,000 on a National Lottery Scratchcard and was delighted to return to her Naval roots with a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which has received more than £40 million in National Lottery funding over the years.

 

Visiting three National Lottery funded projects – The Mary Rose museum, HMS Warrior and The National Museum of the Royal Navy – Sharon, and her husband John, joined staff and volunteers to mark 20 years of The National Lottery in front of Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory and raise a glass in thanks to the players who made it possible.

 

Since the first draw on 19 November 1994, The National Lottery has supported thousands of projects and created millions of winners, changing the lives of individuals and communities in Portsmouth and across the UK.

 

In the PO postcode district alone 33 millionaires have been created and 374 prizes of £50,000 or more have been paid out to Portsmouth winners. Communities across the city have also been winners - 811 grants have been awarded to individuals and organisations across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors, amounting to £145 million in the last two decades.

 

Projects supported through National Lottery funding include the large, such as The Mary Rose museum, and the small with 70% of grants across the UK being less than £10,000:

 

·         The largest ever National Lottery grant in Portsmouth was £39 million from the Millennium Commission for the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour in 1997.

·         The smallest of £241 was awarded by the Big Lottery Fund in 2010 to the Portsmouth and Southsea Branch of the National Childbirth Trust to enable three volunteers to attend the National Childbirth Trust conference.

·         Jubilee Sailing Trust was the recipient of Portsmouth’s very first National Lottery grant. Sport England awarded £6.5 million to enable the Trust to build the tall ship, Tenacious.

·         National Lottery funding was awarded to The Mary Rose museum, HMS Warrior and The National Museum of the Royal Navy by Heritage Lottery Fund

 

Reflecting onThe National Lottery’s many success stories, Sharon said, “This is a momentous occasion. I still count my blessings every day for my win but I’m also mindful of how much Portsmouth as a city has benefitted from National Lottery funding. Being able to thank National Lottery players for their contribution to the many life changing projects that have been made possible across the length and breadth of the country over the last 20 years is wonderful.

 

“It never fails to amaze me that almost any museum, art gallery, theatre or  sports centre we visit has had National Lottery money.  It doesn’t just transform the lives of lucky winners like our family, it also supports local communities and thousands of charities. National Lottery players should be really proud of the positive changes they have helped bring about since the first draw in 1994.”

 

At 20, The National Lottery is still transforming lives – every week around £33 million is raised for projects and six million winners are created.

 

On a national scale, a massive £32 billion has been raised and 430,000 projects have received funding across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.  Over £53 billion has been paid out in prizes and more than 3,600 millionaires have been created so far.

Nelson's funeral barge

The funeral barge used to transport Nelson’s body down the Thames is preserved at the NMRN.