Lottery launch success - 18 May 2017

Good causes have signed up to benefit from the new Somerset West Lottery jointly set up by Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset District councils.

The lottery was officially launched this week (16 May 2017) at the Council Chamber in West Somerset House, Williton, and The Albermarle Centre, Taunton.

Dozens of representatives from local charities, the voluntary sector and not-for-profit organisations attended the events to learn how they could benefit from the new initiative.

Over 30 organisations have now registered an expression to apply and nine have already applied online.

The public can buy lottery tickets from Tuesday 13 June, and the first of the weekly drawers will be on Saturday 29 July 2017.

From every £1 ticket sold, 60 pence will go to charities, voluntary organisations and other good causes that work in the area, while players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot, plus smaller prizes.

Simon Lewis, Assistant Director for Housing and Communities for both councils, said:  “I am encouraged by the number of organisation that have signed up already and hope that residents take the opportunity to support them when tickets go on sale.”

Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes.  From each £1 ticket, 60 pence 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.  Good causes who want to benefit can register now at www.somersetwestlottery.co.uk and residents can buy tickets from the website from 13 June 2017.

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Contact:

- Debbie Rundle, Public and Media Relations Officer  01984 635280
- Becky Howat, Media and Communications Support Officer, 01823 356407