Date Published: 01 September 2021
The North Kesteven Community Lottery will be run on behalf of North Kesteven District Council with a weekly top prize of £25,000. 60p in every pound will go to good causes in North Kesteven with players able to choose the causes to benefit.
The proportion of money given to good causes by the Community Lottery will be twice as much as the National or Health Lotteries, and all the benefits will go to projects in North Kesteven. The chance of winning a prize is a tempting 1 in 50.
For every £1 played, 50p will go to the good cause chosen by the player, and 10p will go to other causes in the District. 20p will go to the prize fund, while the final 20p will cover VAT and administration costs.
Tickets will cost just £1 each and can be purchased online by debit card. Players will be able to buy individual tickets as and when they choose, take out a regular subscription, or even create a syndicate. Tickets for the first draw, set to take place on Saturday 13 November, will go on sale on Tuesday 12 October.
Council Leader Councillor Richard Wright said, “We’re excited to be launching this Community Lottery. It’s a significant moment to be doing so, as the pandemic has made it tougher for local groups to raise much-needed funds.
“It’s literally a win-win, with players and good causes both benefitting! As a Council, we want to do all we can to support efforts to help others in our District – you can see this in our annual Community Champion awards for example – and this is a truly tangible way to do that.
“We hope North Kesteven’s residents will support this charitable endeavour and invite any groups that qualify to apply to register as a good cause.”
The winning number will be taken from the Australian ‘Super 66’ lottery draw and will be a six-digit number. Players can choose their own number (perhaps a phone number or date of birth) or can use the ‘choose for me’ feature.
Local charities, clubs and groups can apply to be beneficiaries of the lottery at no cost and are invited to attend a virtual launch event on Monday 13 September at 7pm. Places at the launch must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.
To be eligible, good causes will need to operate within North Kesteven and be a charity, group with a constitution or set of rules, or a community interest company. They cannot be individuals, religious or political, or be profit-making. Enquiries from good causes should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details for players will be shared prior to tickets going on sale, via a dedicated website. The Community Lottery will be supported by a phone line and email support.