Necessity Still Breeds Ingenuity - Archive of SQUALL MAGAZINE 1992-2006

Lottery Within Tent

Another £60 million for dome

Squall Download 3, March/April 2000, pg. 12.

A £60 million grant of National Lottery money has been given to the New Millennium Experience Company to ease cash flow problems caused by poor ticket sales. The grant was widely criticised by charities.

According to Andrew Watt, head of policy at the Institute of Charity Fund Managers: “When people buy lottery tickets, most assume the money will go to charity. It is a very moot point whether the Dome can be described as a charity. Many regard lottery money as public money, so it’s slightly disingenuous for people to say no public money is going into the dome. People expect lottery money to go to a good cause. Most people would probably not regard the Dome as a good cause. It is a misuse of donated funds.”