Surrey Heath Borough Council is launching its own online community lottery to benefit good causes.
Tickets will cost £1 with 60p going towards local good causes, compared to 28p in the pound for the National Lottery.
The draw will be weekly with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers, other prizes being £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets.
There are two parts to the Surrey Heath Lottery scheme. Local good causes are able to set up their own lottery page, and will receive 50p in every pound spent by players using this method. A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Surrey Heath good causes fund, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT.
Players who do not wish to support a specific cause can still take part in the Surrey Heath Lottery, with 60p of their ticket price going into the general Surrey Heath good causes fund, which will be distributed by the Council.
The lottery was officially launched at an event yesterday (21 May) at Camberley Theatre, attended by SHBC Leader Cllr Richard Brooks, Surrey Heath Mayor Cllr Robin Perry, and representatives of local good causes.
Surrey Heath good causes, including charities and voluntary organisations, are being encouraged to sign up to benefit from the new lottery at www.surreyheathlottery.co.uk
More than a dozen good causes have already signed up, including Camberley Marie Curie, Valley End Cricket Club, Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch, Windlesham United FC, Voluntary Support North Surrey and Camberley Judo Club.
Home-Start Surrey Heath were also among the first to sign up.
The charity’s Scheme Manager, Stephnie Waight, said: “We were keen to support the lottery not only for the benefits it can bring to us as a charity and our work, but also for the benefit it will bring to Surrey Heath.
“For a small charity like Home-Start Surrey Heath, celebrating our 30th year, receiving this money from the Lottery will make a big difference, and will go a long way towards helping local families.
“We’d encourage other local good causes to sign up. All you have to do is commit to spreading the word about your own lottery page, to help sell as many tickets as possible.”
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Support and Safeguarding, Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: “This is a really exciting day because it’s all about charities, the voluntary sector and not-for-profit organisations, and trying to support the Surrey Heath community.
“I encourage all local good causes to sign up to benefit from the lottery.”
From June 11, tickets for the draws can be bought online from www.surreyheathlottery.co.uk The Surrey Heath Lottery first draw is on July 13.
Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets.
A lottery management company, Gatherwell, has been appointed to run the scheme, having already launched similar lotteries elsewhere.
Ben Speare, Gatherwell’s managing director, said: “We are delighted that Gatherwell has been awarded the opportunity to run the new Surrey Heath lottery. We’re looking forward to helping support local causes in partnership with Surrey Heath Borough Council.”