Published: Friday, 2nd July 2021

We are encouraging charities and community organisations to sign up to benefit from the new Medway Lottery.

Tickets for the online Medway Lottery, which launches later this summer, will cost £1 with 60p going to charities, voluntary organisations and other good causes which work in the area.

There will be a weekly draw with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers as well as other prizes including £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets.

Residents will be able to purchase tickets from Tuesday, 24 August and the first draw will take place on Saturday, 25 September.

Medway Council is encouraging charity and community organisations who wish to benefit from the lottery to register online.

There are two parts to the Medway Lottery scheme. Good causes will be able to set up their own lottery page and will receive 50p in every pound spent by players who buy tickets from their page. A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Medway good causes fund, with the remainder being put towards prizes and operating costs.

Players who do not wish to support a specific cause can still take part in the Medway Lottery, with 60p of their ticket price going into the general good causes fund, which will be distributed by the council.

Medway Council held a virtual meeting with a range of its partners in the community and voluntary sector organisations on Friday, 2 July to encourage them to get involved.

Good causes encouraged to take part

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for local charities, not-for-profit organisations and the voluntary sector to get involved and benefit from the new Medway Lottery. We understand that, for smaller charities, this money will make a big difference, and go a long way. Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets. I would encourage good causes to sign up and take part.”

Lottery management company, Gatherwell, has been appointed to run the scheme, having already launched similar lotteries in other areas.

Supporting local causes

Ben Speare, Gatherwell's managing director, said: "We are delighted that Gatherwell has been awarded the opportunity to run the new Medway Lottery. We're looking forward to helping support local causes in Medway in partnership with Medway Council.”

Good cause applications are now open. Find details about how to be a part of the lottery and to apply, on the lottery website.

If you missed the launch, catch up on YouTube or Microsoft Stream.

Find out more about the Medway Lottery, and to purchase tickets from Tuesday, 3 August.

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