Following approval at a full council meeting on the night Wednesday 9th September) 2015 Aylesbury Vale District Council will become the first local authority in the country to launch its own online community lottery to benefit good causes.
Tickets will cost £1, with 58p going to the Vale’s good causes this compares to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery.
As well as supporting their community, players of the lottery will have the opportunity to win a number of prizes through a weekly draw – including a jackpot of £20,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers.
The council will take none of the proceeds of the lottery although it will act as the overall license holder.
Community groups will be able to set up their own lottery page on the Vale Lottery website where they will receive 50p in every pound spent through their cause. Another 8p will go into a general good cause fund, with the remainder going to running costs, prizes and VAT.
Players without an affiliation to a particular cause can still support the Vale Lottery where 58p from their ticket price will go into the general good cause fund which will be distributed by the council.
Councillor Janet Blake, Cabinet Member for Business Transformation, said: ‘AVDC has historically provided substantial grants to good causes but, looking ahead, with increasing cuts coming from central government, we are unlikely to be able to sustain this level of giving.
We feel the lottery has huge potential to offer another opportunity for fund raising. Community groups will be able to set up their own lottery page, saving them the expense of software and licensing, as well as a significant amount of time.‘
The online lottery will be delivered in partnership with an external provider and the first draw is expected to take place in November 2015.
Before the lottery can go live the council will need to apply to the Gambling Commission for approval. Only one other local authority is understood to be a licensed operator.