Sponsorship of sports via lotteries

The main source of funding for the Olympic movement in Lithuania comes from lotteries.

It feels well to know that everyone even remotely related to lotteries supports the activities of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Lithuania and the Olympic movement in general. All Olifėja staff and sellers of lottery tickets in Lithuania know that their work contributes to Olympic sport and victories. We are confident that people who buy tickets and participate in lotteries also know and understand that.

The majority shareholder of Olifėja is the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Lithuania, an independent, non-profit making public organisation which is a member of the global Olympic movement. To properly prepare the Olympic sportsmen for the games and represent Lithuania, the NOC of Lithuania has to dedicate not only the share of support which is prescribed by law but also most of the company’s profit.

Lithuania is a member of the international sports community and follows the rules of the Olympic Charter of the International Olympic Committee. This document sets forth very clear obligations: national Olympic committees must be free from any pressure and retain their autonomy – to act independently of political, legal, religious or economic influences which might hinder the implementation of the Charter’s provisions.

Therefore, to fund the Olympic movement, the NOC of Lithuania set up Olifėja, and the state anchored the sponsorship of sports via lotteries by legislating accordingly.

Funds from lotteries are the main source of funding of the Olympic sportsperson’s preparation and participation in the Olympic games. Scholarships are paid to members of the Olympic team and their substitutes; Olympic education activities are supported.