The Swedish Postcode Lottery donated just over 120 million euros (1 109 606 974 SEK) to 49 charitable organisations at its charity gala on February 20th.

“Since beginning operations in 2005 we have contributed over EUR 400 million to charitable causes,” says CEO Niclas Kjellström-Matseke. “These figures make me proud, but also show that we are actively working to leave a better world to future generations.”

The Lottery’s surplus in 2013 was just over EUR 11 million more than that of the previous year, and was donated to beneficiaries consisting of charitable organizations active in both Sweden and in other countries. The money comes from sales of lottery tickets, bingo and scratch card games on the Internet.

“Last year we broke the one billion mark in Swedish crowns,” says Stina Götbrink, Head of Charity. “It feels fantastic that we have now managed to add on an additional ten percent on top of that.”

Among new beneficiaries in Sweden are Operation Smile, Svenska Afghanistankommittén (the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan), Mentor Sweden, Håll Sverige Rent (Keep Sweden Tidy) and Hjärnfonden (The Brain Foundation).

The Swedish Postcode Lottery, together with its sister lotteries in the Netherlands and Great Britain, is now the world’s second largest private donor to charitable causes, a list which is topped by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2013 the Swedish Postcode Lottery’s net sales were approximately EUR 390 million.