The Somerset West Community Lottery is building a head of steam with a special Valentine’s day prize on offer.
Everyone who buys a ticket this month will be entered in a special draw next month for the bonus prize of two tickets on the West Somerset Railway’s Dunster Castle Express.
The prize is generously sponsored by the heritage railway and the prize draw takes place on 10 February 2018. The winner will be able to redeem the tickets at any time between April and October this year while the Express is running.
The community lottery is now ready to start awarding grants to local good causes through the Somerset Community Foundation. More than £4,000 is available in Taunton Deane and a further similar sum is available in West Somerset.
Applications are open to voluntary and community groups in West Somerset and Taunton Deane; the maximum grant - £1,000. The closing date for applications is 26 February 2018.
The lottery is a joint initiative by Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils and an example of the two authorities working together in partnership.
Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets. From each £1 ticket, 60p goes to local good causes, 20% goes to the prize fund, and the balance meets running costs and VAT.
The lottery management company, Gatherwell, has been appointed to run the scheme.
To buy your tickets or register as a good cause visit Somerset West Lottery