Good causes in South Holland are set to receive a financial boost as the district council prepares to launch a new Lottery game.
The local Lottery could see 60p in every pound spent going to charities within the district.
Managed by an independent company, the new scheme may also offer residents the chance to win a £25,000 jackpot.
The South Holland Community Lottery will be run along similar lines to the West Norfolk Wins game, operated for neighbouring West Norfolk Council.
A similar game is also being run by South Holland District Council’s partner, Breckland District Council, which started its lottery in 2018.
In the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic, the South Holland Lottery will bring a boost to local charities, many of which have suffered financially as a result.
Tickets will probably cost £1 each and each has a one in 50 chance of winning a prize each week. They range from free lottery tickets to a top prize of £25,000 – offering better odds than the National Lottery.
Leader of South Holland District Council Lord Gary Porter said the initiative would be of benefit to the area. “It is a good thing and people seem to be happier raising money for a local good cause,” he said.
“We need to get the word out there so we can raise money,” he added.
Each ticket is likely have six numbers between zero and nine and a draw will be made every Saturday night when a six-digit winning combination will be picked.
Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match two numbers or more from the winning combination.
The initiative is aimed at raising money locally to support charities in the area and 60 per cent of takings will go straight to the recipients.
Players are even likely to be able to choose which good cause gets 50p of the £1 and the remaining 10p will go to other local causes.
If it follows the local authority format, two numbers wins three extra tickets, three matching numbers has a prize of £25, four matches will be £250, five will win £2,000 and a full house takes the £25,000 jackpot. The games will be available online when the lottery is officially launched.
Charities based in South Holland will be able apply to be a beneficiary of the lottery and details will be available when a launch date is announced.
Breckland has more than 80 different charities listed as being able to benefit from the games.
Every week the charities receive a newsletter which tells them how much has been raised and how many supporters have nominated their particular charity to play for.
Charities from local scout groups to theatres are among those who receive money from the West Norfolk Wins version.