The Essex Lottery, which will be officially launching next month, is inviting local charities and good causes based in Essex to sign up and benefit from what will be the largest Council-run lottery in the country.
The Essex Lottery has been set up by Essex County Council to support community projects up and down the county, based on the principle of raising money within the community for the community.
60p from every £1 ticket sale will go directly to good causes within communities across Essex – more than double the National Lottery.
There is zero cost to the charities, projects and groups who choose to take part. The County Council itself does not take a penny from the initiative.
Lottery tickets will be available via a new website, which will begin to sell lottery tickets in October, and players will be able to select the cause they wish to support from those registered on the website.
The first weekly jackpot prize of £25,000 will be available on 25 November, along with guaranteed weekly prizes.
50p of the £1 ticket price will go direct to the 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 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.
Councillor David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said:
"The Essex Lottery is a fantastic opportunity for local Essex based groups and community organisations to raise vital funds for their causes.
Whether you’re a hospice, a school, a sports team, Scout or Guides group or a community project fundraising for new facilities or equipment, we want to hear from you.
It's important that you apply now through the website, so you are on board for the launch of The Essex Lottery.
Good causes need to be based in Essex and provide a service which directly benefits Essex residents. Registering is free and easy to complete, with no administration charge.
A good cause page will be provided on the lottery website, as well as personalised marketing materials, email and telephone support which are also all free of charge.
Good causes should register now to join The Essex Lottery at essexlottery.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 302 32 32.
The Essex Lottery’s first weekly prize draw will take place on 25 November 2017, with guaranteed weekly prizes and a Jackpot of £25,000.