Olympic fever this summer helped increase national lottery sales, Camelot has claimed. Total ticket sales across national lottery games rose 7.6% to £2.56bn in the six months to 27 September. The National Lottery Commission revealed last month that sales for the national lottery’s main Lotto draw fell 3% in the year to 1 April. But Camelot said sales of draw-based games had risen 6.4% to £1.98bn in the past six months, with Lotto sales up £9m.

Sales of non-draw games were up 11.9% to £585.2m, with Olympic Games-inspired scratchcard game Go for Gold, advertised by TV presenter Holly Willoughby and Olympic athletes, the highest-selling game. Money raised for good causes during the period rose by £38.3m to £689.2m.