Local Lottery celebrates birthday
07 May 2019 : Community
The Somerset West Lottery is celebrating its second birthday this month.
The local Lottery run by Somerset West and Taunton Council was launched on 16 May 2017, it opened to players on 9 June 2017 and had the first draw on 29 July 2017.
The lottery offers registered good causes the opportunity to raise income for their organisation by selling lottery tickets to members of the public.
The total revenue for good causes since the launch is £72,315 with a predicted annual income for this year alone of over £38,000.
Each ticket purchased is entered into a weekly draw with prizes ranging from free tickets to £25,000.00 cash. An average weekly draw of 1,200 tickets results in an average of 25 prizes.
The Somerset West Lottery gives 60 pence from every £1 ticket sold to registered good causes with players choosing which cause they want to support.
Ten per cent of funds raised by ticket sales go into a community fund which is opened annually to any eligible local good cause wishing to apply for additional funding.
Alan Slade of Taunton Town Football Club welcomed the opportunity to generate income to develop the charity’s facilities while giving supporters the chance to win prizes. He said it was an added bonus that all the funds raised remain locally for community benefit.
Another beneficiary of the Somerset West Lottery is Homestart - a voluntary organisation offering practical support to families at home with children under the age of seven.
The Homestart “Bump to Baby” project supporting and training expectant and new mums is one of several initiatives to have benefitted from local lottery funds.
Clare Pound of Homestart said: “The Lottery is particularly appealing to players because all beneficiaries are within the local community.”