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Proposed new lottery to support local causes in Wyre

Proposed new lottery to support local causes in Wyre Published Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Wyre Council is considering the introduction of a local lottery and is inviting both good causes who could benefit, as well as local residents to have their say on the scheme.

It is proposed that tickets will cost £1 and players will have the chance to win up to £25,000 in every weekly draw. Each ticket would consist of six numbers which players can choose, or they can opt for a lucky dip. Money raised through the sale of lottery tickets would then be used to support local charities and community groups.

Anyone will be able to play, not just Wyre residents, however players can be assured that the proceeds will benefit causes within the district. Local charities and community groups will be able to register themselves with the lottery scheme and players can choose to select a specific good cause if they wish.

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council comments, “Creating a lottery scheme such as this would allow us to bolster support for good causes and help to continue the good work being delivered in the borough through the not for profit and voluntary and community sector. The proposal is that 60% of proceeds will be given to good causes. This compares to approximately 28% of every £1 spent on a UK National Lottery ticket. None of the proceeds will be kept by the council.

“I would invite all groups that stand to benefit from the scheme to take a few minutes to complete our consultation so that we can get a clear picture of what groups are out there and just how many local organisations stand to benefit from the money the lottery could raise.”

Wyre Council would like to hear from local charities, community groups, friends groups, parent/teacher groups, youth clubs, town councils and sports groups who could potentially benefit from the lottery, as well as local residents from a players perspective. To have your say on the proposed lottery visit before 16 September 2018.

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