Good causes encouraged to sign up and get money from new community lottery

Charities, community and voluntary groups across South Oxfordshire are being encouraged to sign up to a new lottery to help them raise funds.

South Oxfordshire District Council aims to launch the lottery in the spring and is inviting good causes to register as beneficiaries.

The lottery will give residents the chance to enter a £1 weekly online draw and be in with the chance of winning prizes, ranging from free prize draw tickets to a jackpot up to £25,000.

From each £1 ticket bought, 60p will go to good causes and the local community. Players will be able to choose which cause they support when they purchase tickets. The council will not receive any proceeds from the lottery.

An event is being held for South Oxfordshire-based charities, community and voluntary groups to get more information and register to join the lottery:

• on Wednesday 28 February
• at Cornerstone in Didcot
• from 2pm

Cllr Elizabeth Gillespie, cabinet member with responsibility for the lottery, said: “This is a really brilliant opportunity for good causes in South Oxfordshire and I’d like to encourage as many community, voluntary and charitable organisations to get signed up. The lottery will be all about raising funds within the community, for the community, and we do hope everyone will get involved.”

Any good causes that wish to attend are asked to email the council via policy.partnerships@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422168.

The council is currently in the process of seeking a licence to run the community lottery.

The first council-run community lottery was set up by Aylesbury Vale District Council in November 2015 and has so far raised over £100,000 for good causes. South Oxfordshire is using the same external lottery management operator to run its lottery.

From every £1 ticket bought online:
• 60p will go to good causes
• 20p to the prize fund
• 17p to the external lottery management operator
• 3p to VAT

A voluntary or community group will be able to register to be part of the lottery: if it provides community activities or services within South Oxfordshire; has a formal constitution or set of rules and a bank account requiring at least two unrelated signatories; operates with no undue restrictions on membership; is able to tell the council how it will promote the lottery to its supporters.