Camelot has said ticket sales for the National Lottery over the past year were at record levels.

The lottery operator said sales for the year to 31 March 2011 were likely to hit £5.7bn, topping the previous best of £5.5bn set in 1998. Camelot said £1.5bn would be generated for good causes over the period, with prize money to players totalling £2.5bn.

News of the performance comes after the National Lottery Commission this week ruled that Camelot should not be allowed to offer commercial services via its lottery terminals.

“This year’s performance reinforces our position as one of the world’s leading lottery operators and ensures that The National Lottery remains one of the world’s most consistently successful operations of its kind,” said chief executive Dianne Thompson.

“By continuing to listen to what our players tell us they want, by putting consumer choice and convenience at the heart of everything we do, and by maintaining our focus on innovation, we are confident the National Lottery will continue to go from strength to strength.”

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