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Community lottery launched

 

Gosport's new community lottery was officially launched yesterday, at an event attended by more than 100 people, representing 46 local good causes.

From 25 July, players will be able to buy tickets for the lottery, which will give money to local groups as well as paying out prizes to players.

From a £1 ticket, 60p will go to local charities and voluntary groups, and 20p will go to the prize fund. The rest will pay running costs.

More than 20 local groups have already signed up to receive funds.

Players have a 50-to-one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from a £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets.

The lottery was officially launched at an event for good causes at the Alverbank Hotel, Gosport, attended by the Mayor of Gosport, Cllr Diane Furlong; the leader of Gosport Borough Council, Cllr Mark Hook; and Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, who launched the lottery by cutting a cake.

Cllr Hook said: "It was an exciting occasion, when we launched a new way of supporting community organisations. The lottery is all about charities, the voluntary sector and not-for-profit organisations.

"I'm sure that residents will want to join in and play, and that even more groups will want to sign up and benefit."

The Gosport Community Lottery is being run on behalf of the council by Gosport Voluntary Action (GVA) and an experienced lottery operator, Gatherwell.

Nicky Staveley, Chief Officer of GVA said: "The lottery offers good causes in Gosport a great way to raise funds and enables the community to be more self-sufficient in supporting local groups. GVA are pleased that the council has taken this initiative and is fully supporting local good causes."

Other areas, including Portsmouth, have set up lotteries, which help support local groups at a time of financial pressure for councils.

The first draw is planned for 8 September.

To find out more, or to sign up a voluntary group, go to www.gosportcommunitylottery.co.uk or call 023 9319 0222.

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