Over 25 local good causes have registered an interest in being part of Wycombe Lotto, the new community lottery being launched by Wycombe District Council.
Representatives from a wide range of organisations including Bucks Search and Rescue, Wycombe Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Scullers Café in Marlow and The Princes Centre in Princes Risborough were among a host of special guests who packed out the Oak Room in High Wycombe last week for the launch of Wycombe Lotto.
Tickets for Wycombe Lotto will cost £1 and go on sale at the end of June 2017.
60p from every £1 ticket sold will go directly to benefit local good causes which is more than double the 28p in the pound which the National Lottery passes on from its ticket sales.
The first prize draw will be at the end of July 2017 with a weekly with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers. In addition, there will be other cash prizes of £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets.
Under the scheme, local good causes have their own web page where their supporters can sign up and buy tickets by direct debit.
The new Wycombe Lotto is only the tenth of its kind in the whole country. Tickets will be available to purchase online through local good causes and on the Wycombe Lotto website by direct debit. The first prize draw will take place at the end of July 2017 with prize draws every Saturday night.
If you are involved with a local registered charity or community interest company, that organisation can sign up and they will then get 50p of every £1 ticket purchased via their website. A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Community Chest fund to support a wider range of good causes. The remaining 40p in each £1 will go towards prizes, operating costs and VAT.
During the next few months Wycombe Lotto will be working to get the ball rolling by encouraging and helping local good causes to join in.
There is still time for local good causes register an interested in being part of the Wycombe Lottery by emailing [email protected].
As well a mix of many local charities, all three Mayors from Wycombe District (High Wycombe Clr Brian Pearce, Princes Risborough Cllr Matthew Walsh and past Marlow Mayor Cllr Neil Marshall) joined Cllr Suzanne Brown, the new Chairman of Wycombe District Council at the launch event last week.
Talking to the local charities at the event, Cllr Katrina Wood, Leader of Wycombe District Council said: ‘Wycombe Lotto is a great way to involve local people more in the good work going on all around them in their local area. Above all, it’s a way that we can work with good causes like you to help you raise more money to support the vital work you do.‘
She continued: ‘I know how hard it can be these days to get volunteers to spare some extra time in their busy lives, I know how hard it can be to raise funds when there are so many other good causes asking people to donate and I also know that unlike many of the ‘big brand’ charities out there, you probably don’t have vast marketing budgets or teams of fundraisers to help you.
I passionately believe that local charities and good causes deserve our support just as much, if not more than, the big national charity brands and this is an easy way we can help you to raise more money.‘
Further information on the Wycombe Lottery is available at www.wycombelotto.co.uk.