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Community lottery provides lifeline for Newark charities

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A council is urging people to take part in its community lottery, which has a cash prize jackpot of £25,000.

The lottery is described as a lottery for the people, by the people of the Newark and Sherwood district.

It’s a fun way to help local good causes without giving up precious time.

Newark and Sherwood Community Lottery scheme. (43915995)
Newark and Sherwood Community Lottery scheme. (43915995)

Tickets are £1 a week each, and participants can choose which good cause they would like their donation to go to.

Unlike larger lotteries, 60% of ticket purchased goes back into the community and the odds of winning a prize are much better at 50 to one.

Alongside weekly cash prizes, ticket holders will also be in with a chance of winning a £1,000 Sainsbury’s gift card.

From each £1 ticket bought through the Newark and Sherwood District Council-run lottery, 60p goes to local good causes. Another 20% goes to the prize fund, and the rest is for running costs and VAT.

District council leader David Lloyd said: “Recent months, more than ever, have proven the vital role that charities, voluntary and community groups play in supporting people, communities and shaping places.

“This lottery is a means of enabling charities to raise funds and to develop an income while ensuring financial support for a sector that is closest to our communities and their needs.

“Importantly, we are also ensuring that all proper processes are in place and that this lottery mitigates as many risks of problem gambling as possible.

“Hopefully, this gives people an option that is therefore both secure for them whilst also being dedicated to raising money for good causes.”

Since its launch, the Newark and Sherwood Community Lottery is set to raise more than £20,000 in its first year for good causes with more than 50 local groups signed up.

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