Lady luck smiled on one player of the Essex Lottery who celebrated Christmas in style by winning the weekly draw’s £25,000 jackpot.
The winner, who lives in the Colchester area and wishes to remain anonymous, won the £25,000 top prize in the draw in the draw of Saturday 22 December.
The festive season was made extra special for this lucky person as they were able to claim their winnings on Christmas Eve.
The top prize was won almost a year after the lottery was first held, with over three thousand people now playing the lottery each week – and everyone is able to join in and support local Essex charities.
With better odds than the national lottery and one of ten cash prizes up for grabs each week, along with 60p from every £1 ticket sold going to local charities across the county, the lottery is an exciting way to donate to a good cause and have a chance of landing a cash jackpot.
160 local charities are benefitting, covering good causes such as mental health, children with autism, retired police dogs, hospital radio stations and support for survivors of domestic abuse.
The Essex Lottery not only allows players to choose the charities they wish to support, but also funds a grant system that means charities could benefit from a larger lump sum.
Councillor David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council said: “My congratulations to this jackpot winner and my heartfelt thanks to everybody who supports the Essex Lottery each week. Thanks to their support good causes across the county receive extra funding - and that makes us all winners.”
The Essex Lottery was set up by Essex County Council to support charities and good causes right across the county, on the principle of raising money within the community, for the community.
For those taking part, the weekly draw offers a guaranteed jackpot prize of £25,000 for matching six numbers in the correct order and there are nine guaranteed ‘raffle’ prizes each week. The top raffle prize is valued at 10 per cent of that week’s ticket sales and 8 raffle prizes are valued at 4 per cent of that week’s ticket sales.
To purchase tickets and select a good cause to support go to www.essexlottery.co.uk.
For enquires about The Essex Lottery call 0300 302 32 32 and for the latest prize-winning information follow @TheEssexLottery on Twitter