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Worcester Lottery celebrates second birthday

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Charities, schools and local good causes are this week celebrating the second birthday of Worcester Community Lottery, with the first draw having taken place on 27 April 2019.

Players have a one-in-50 chance of winning a prize, up to a maximum of £25,000 by signing up at www.worcesterlottery.org for entry into a weekly draw. Players choose which local cause they want to benefit from their subscription.

Since the lottery's launch, £13,450 has been paid out in prizes to people living in the Worcester area.

Last week local resident Helen Miles won £250. She is one of over 1,000 local people who have played the Worcester Community Lottery since it launched, nominating Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form as the cause she wants to support.

The school is one of 78 local causes which people can raise funds for when they play the lottery.

"We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the ongoing support that we receive from our school community each week; together we raise over £2,700 each year!" says Di Howland, Funding and Events Manager at Christopher Whitehead College.

"Building work commences in May and we will continue to raise funds so we can purchase up-to-date equipment for our new music and performing arts space when completed. We are so grateful to everyone and would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our supporters. If you'd like to support our cause, please register with the Worcester Community Lottery. Good luck!"

To date the Worcester Community Lottery has raised over £62,000 for local good causes – including schools, charities, arts organisations and sports clubs.

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Jo Hodges said: "The Worcester Community Lottery is an exciting fun way for city residents to support their favourite local good cause – and they might even scoop £25,000!

"The great thing about this lottery is that players can choose exactly which good cause they want to support when they sign up at www.worcesterlottery.org."

How to play

Players can sign up for a subscription to the lottery at www.worcesterlottery.org. When they register, they will be asked to choose a local good cause to benefit from their ticket purchase or to opt to support the community fund – which the City Council will distribute to good causes.

The local good causes that have signed up for the lottery are expected to encourage their supporters to play in order to raise funds for their activities.

Tickets will cost £1 each, which will be divided as follows:

  • 60p to good causes (50p to the player's chosen good cause / 10p to the community fund)
  • 20p to the prize fund
  • 16p to the lottery management company for administration and management
  • 4p VAT.

The top prize available in the weekly draw will be £25,000. The draw results and winners will be announced every Saturday at 8pm.

Results will be posted at www.worcesterlottery.org , on Facebook at Worcester-Community-Lottery and on Twitter at @WorcesterLotto. Winners will be contacted directly.

Each ticket will consist of six numbers and each number will be between 0 and 9. Each week's draw will see a six-digit winning combination picked. Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match the first or last two-six numbers from the winning combination. Match all six in order and you win the top prize.

All players have a one-in-50 chance of winning a prize. The prize breakdown is:

  • Match first or last two in order – three free tickets (odds – 56:1)
  • Match first or last three in order - £25 (odds 556:1)
  • Match first or last four in order - £250 (odds 5,556:1)
  • Match first or last five in order - £2,000 (odds 55,556:1)
  • Match six in order - £25,000 (1,000,000:1)

Good causes

Each good cause has a dedicated page on the website and receives 50% of every £1 ticket sold via that page. The money is paid directly to them each month. The good causes also benefit from the lottery's community fund –which the City Council distributes on an annual basis.

Good causes do not have to pay to sign up for the Worcester Community Lottery. 

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