Get ready to be in with a chance of winning £25,000 every week, and help local causes at the same time, by playing the North Herts Community Lottery. Tickets are on sale now and cost just £1 – with 50p going directly towards helping community causes support North Herts residents.
Players have a one in 50 chance of winning a prize, ranging from the £25,000 jackpot to £2,000, £250, £25 or three free lottery tickets. The lottery draw will take place every Saturday from the 19 March.
So far 19 good causes – including charities, youth groups, sports clubs, heritage organisations and conservation groups – have signed up and will sell tickets through their own lottery page within the main North Herts Community Lottery website.
They will receive 50p in every pound spent by players using that page and a further 10p in every pound will go into a general good causes fund held by the council, with the remainder put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT.
Players who do not wish to support a specific cause can still take part in the lottery, by purchasing a ticket through the main North Herts Community Lottery website with 60p of their ticket price going into the council’s general good causes fund. Gatherwell, a lottery management company, will run the lottery independently of the council, drawing the weekly numbers and administering the sales of tickets.
Chloe Gray, North Herts Council’s Commercial Manager, said: "I am thrilled our Community Lottery is now live so that people can buy tickets and begin to provide good causes with that extra support. We are committed to continuing our support of local voluntary and community groups across the district, and therefore I would encourage any good causes that haven’t already signed up to do so via the dedicated website.”
Sue Watkinson from Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse, which has already sold some tickets, said: “We are so excited to be part of this new initiative. We are keen to engage the wider community so the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse can continue to support local vulnerable and disadvantaged families. It's been an extremely tough couple of years, but for many of our families there is no end in sight – imagine having to choose whether to heat or eat. We are really hoping this lottery will mean we will have a steady income steam to continue our support.”
Peter Homent from Health Aid Royston, which has also already sold some tickets, added: “We are very pleased to be part of this new initiative by North Herts Council which will really make a difference to us as the demand for our support has increased enormously over the last few years.”
To buy tickets, or if you are a charity, local community group, voluntary sector or not-for-profit organisation benefitting residents of North Herts and want to register or find out more about being a lottery good cause, please visit www.northhertscommunitylottery.co.uk.