The French national lottery operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) has launched its ‘Mission Patrimoine,’ a fundraising campaign to protect and restore heritage sites.
FDJ has launched its fifth campaign to protect “endangered heritage,” led by Stéphane Bern and supported by France’s Ministry of Culture.
To that end, FDJ will sell Mission Patrimoine scratch cards for €15 ($15.06) per ticket. This year, they highlight “traditional French facades in brick, stone, and half-timbering,” and are available in three versions.
In addition, FDJ will hold seven Lotto draws. These include a ‘Super Loto’ on Friday, September 16, with a minimum jackpot of €13 million.
Finally, FDJ hopes to raise funds for Fondation du Patrimoine, a French non-profit dedicated to the preservation of national heritage sites.
Fondation du Patrimoine will receive “the amount of the levy on bets normally due to the State” from FDJ scratch cards, which works out to €1.83 per ticket purchased.
Meanwhile, FDJ’s Super Loto will donate €0.73 for each grid of €3 played, while Fondation du Patrimoine will receive €0.54 for each grid of €2.20 played in every other draw.
This year’s donation will specifically support 118 projects across France, including 18 “emblematic” sites. More than €28 million was collected during last year’s Mission Patrimoine.
FDJ also serves as a patron of the Fondation du Patrimoine until 2024. As a result, it contributes €500,000 to a specific project each year, while the FDJ Corporate Foundation contributes €200,000.