03/04/18: Players and community groups celebrate first Our Breckland Lottery draw
Sixteen people won prizes in the inaugural Our Breckland Lottery draw, which took place at the weekend.
A total of 850 tickets were sold ahead of the draw on Saturday, 31 March. Two players matched three numbers and won £25 each, while a further 14 people matched two numbers and each won three free tickets for a future draw.
To celebrate the first lottery draw, a separate prize draw was also held to give away an Annual Expressions Membership worth £389, which was sponsored by Parkwood Leisure and won by a Mrs A Rose, Dereham; this permits year-long access to local gym and swimming facilities.
The lottery is organised by Breckland Council and will benefit local good causes. As part of the ticket purchasing process, players can choose one of the registered local charities or community groups to receive 50p of every £1 ticket they buy. In addition, a further 10p of every £1 ticket goes into a general community funding pot, which Breckland Council will release as grants. The remaining money from ticket sales goes towards lottery prizes and running costs.
A total of 60 local groups have now registered to benefit from the lottery and, at the current rate of ticket sales, the lottery is expected to raise around £30,000k per annum for local good causes by the end of the first year.
Cllr Paul Claussen, Breckland Council's Executive Member for Place, said: "I'm delighted that we've now held our inaugural lottery draw and I would like to congratulate our very first winners, but of course the real winners are all of the local groups who are directly benefiting from the ticket sales.
"The Our Breckland Lottery exists to give local groups a free and easy way to fundraise and make even more people aware of the good work they are doing across the district.
"I hope players will continue to buy tickets to support these good causes and that we will see even more local groups come forward to benefit from future draws."
Breckland Council is the first district council in Norfolk to launch a community lottery and draws will be held every Saturday, with a top prize for matching all six numbers of £25,000. Good causes registered to date range from sports clubs and pre-schools to carers' groups and community centres, and many more.
More information is available online or by following Our Breckland Lottery on Twitter or Facebook. Players can buy tickets online and good causes can apply to join for free at www.ourbrecklandlottery.co.uk