The first draw for a new Community Lottery for South Staffordshire takes place on Saturday 25 November 2017 and players have a chance to scoop a £25,000 jackpot and help local causes.
Run by South Staffordshire Council, tickets cost £1 with 60% of the proceeds going towards supporting the voluntary and community sector in the district. So far, more than 20 local good causes have signed up including Age UK South Staffordshire, Headway South Staffordshire, Penkridge Air Cadets, The Friends of Bilbrook, the Kingswood Trust and Codsall Dramatic Society.
Well known ITV and BBC sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley, who launched the Community Lottery in September, said, “I’ve signed up to play the community lottery and I’d like to wish this venture all the very best. There are so many fantastic causes here in South Staffordshire which deserve and need our support.”
The draw will be weekly with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers as well as prizes of £2,000, £250, £25 or free tickets. In addition, local businesses are donating prizes that will feature in draws and for the first draw prizes include an overnight stay at Dunsley Hall Hotel and an evening meal for two people at Harleys Smoke House in Kinver.
Players can buy lottery tickets online at www.southstaffslottery.co.uk or by telephoning 01902 213777.
Good causes and charities who want to benefit from the lottery are being encouraged to sign up and register now and contact South Staffordshire Council on 01902 696238.
South Staffordshire Council is among one of the first few local authorities in the country to launch its own community lottery to benefit good causes with the help of lottery management company Gatherwell.
Councillor Brian Edwards MBE, Leader of South Staffordshire Council, said, “At South Staffordshire Council, we pride ourselves on supporting good causes that are local and make such a difference in our communities. Having a strong voluntary and community sector is essential for the wellbeing of society and I’d like to encourage local good causes to sign up for this new lottery that will make such a difference to them.”
Naomi Pay, Chief Executive Officer from Age UK South Staffordshire , which has signed up to the Community Lottery, said, “We are keen to support the lottery not only for the benefits it can bring us as a charity and our work, but also for the benefit it will bring to South Staffordshire.”