Vikinglotto does not have a central organisation that looks after tickets and prizes. Instead, each participating country handles their own ticket sales and lower-tier prizes, while sharing a common jackpot. When you buy a Vikinglotto ticket in Finland, for example, you are buying it through Finland’s national lottery provider Veikkaus.
So when national lotteries in Europe largely exist to fund good causes, where is it that your Vikinglotto ticket money goes? This is the third in a series that looks at each of Vikinglotto’s participating countries and the way in which ticket revenue benefits them. This time, the focus is on Denmark’s lottery provider Danske Spil, and how it allocates money across a wide range of causes – from the Olympic Committee to children with disabilities.
Danske Spil was initially formed on July 21, 1948, as Danske Tipsjeneste. The Danish Olympic Committee had been lobbying for a lottery since 1936, in the hopes of receiving funding from the proceeds. The Danish government finally passed a law to allow the formation of a lottery organisation in 1947, after more than 20,000 athletes protested in Copenhagen. Today, Danske Spil remains committed to that initial cause, with all profits from lotteries and games it offers going towards good causes, from culture and sports to charity and the environment. The company generates 3.3 million kroner (€440,000) a day for causes across the country – so how is the money distributed?
Profits from Vikinglotto in Denmark, as well as other lotteries and games under Danske Spil, are handed over to the Danish government for allocation by six state departments: the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Children and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Environment and Food, the Ministry of Health and the Elderly, and the Ministry of Education and Research. In 2018, 920 million kroner (€123 million) in profits was recorded by Danske Spil, all of which was turned over to the six government ministries for allocation.
The Ministry of Culture receives the vast majority of Danske Spil’s profits, at little over 81 per cent. The reason for the large allocation is the sports sector, which falls under the Ministry’s jurisdiction. It is the largest overall beneficiary of the distribution fund, receiving 63 per cent of the Ministry’s allocation - equalling over 51 per cent of Danske Spil’s total profits.
Two particular organisations benefit the most from this funding: the Danish Sports Federation, and the DGI (an association of sports and athletics clubs in Denmark, with a focus on gymnastics), which together receive 30 per cent of Danske Spil’s profits. The DGI advocates on behalf of 6,300 member clubs, and uses lottery funding to run courses and programs across the country, for people of all ages to join.
Vikinglotto-Funded Disability Work
The Ministry of Children, Equality, Integration and Social Relations receives the next-largest percentage of the fund, with around 10 per cent on average allocated to it for use on social programs and welfare.
Nearly half of the Ministry’s funding goes towards disability organisations, improving the lives of many who struggle with disabilities in Denmark. One standout organisation is the DHF (Dansk Handicap Forbund), which champions the rights of physically disabled members through legal representation, counselling and campaigning for accessibility.
Volunteer Social Work in Denmark
A third of the Ministry’s funding is used to assist social care organisations; the Centre for Voluntary Social Work is one such beneficiary, with the aim of developing voluntary social work in Denmark through education and consultancy. The Centre funds a wide variety of efforts, from academic work on Denmark’s civil make-up to hands-on courses for would-be volunteers and recruiters alike. The Ministry’s remaining funds are split between care for the elderly and special social events.
The other ministries each receive between one and three per cent of total fund, using their allocations to further causes and assist different associations and non-profits each year. From environmental work to youth education and health, Danske Spil’s profits, including Vikinglotto ticket proceeds, improve lives in every corner of the country.