€21m more for heritage from lottery

An extra €21million has been awarded for historical monument restoration after an outcry about the tax take from the Loto du Patrimoine lottery.

21 November 2018
By Connexion journalist

Scratchcards and weekly draw sales raised €200million and there was anger as the state took €14million in tax, leaving just €20million for restoration.

Finance minister Gérald Darmanin said the tax rate was reduced from normal and €144million of the money was returned as prizes, while Loto organiser FDJ got €22million.

However, after the €20million was criticised by a leading heritage TV presenter as a “drop in the ocean”, he loosened the purse strings and announced the extra €21million.

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