Charities and community groups around Essex are celebrating as the tickets for the new Essex Lottery go on sale today, Wednesday 11th October.
The local lottery, the first of its kind in Essex and biggest nationally, has been set up by Essex County Council to support the fundraising efforts of good causes across the county.
A ticket for the Essex Lottery costs £1, of which 60p will go directly to good causes.
Lottery tickets are available to buy via the website essexlottery.co.uk
, or by calling 0300 302 32 32. Players will be able to select the good cause they wish to support from those registered on the website.
The first weekly jackpot prize of £25,000 will be available after the first draw on 25 November, along with guaranteed weekly prizes. Any supporters who buy a ticket for the first lottery will also be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad.
50p of the £1 ticket price will go direct to the player’s chosen cause, with a further 10p in every pound going to a central Essex Lottery fund, which will be distributed in the form of small grants to a wide range of good cause projects which apply for additional support.
If a player does not select a charity or good cause, 60p in the £1 will be donated directly to the central Essex Lottery fund – more than double the National Lottery charitable contribution.