On Saturday 8 July the Hart Lottery held its first draw and three lucky winners won the additional bolt on prizes to celebrate the start of the scheme.
635 tickets were sold ahead of the first Hart Lottery draw, which supported over 35 local charities and good causes. The first draw saw 10 winning tickets all matching two numbers.
The three lucky winners of the bolt on prizes were Mrs Helen Newman from Fleet winning the first prize, which included dinner, bed and breakfast for two at The Four Seasons. Speaking about winning the prize Mrs Newman said: “I’m delighted to win such a special prize and we’re really looking forward to staying at the Four Seasons. I supported two charities through the Hart Lottery, Friends of Ancells Farm and Inspire Gymnastics at Frogmore, and I encourage people to support their local good causes.”
Mrs Bee from Fleet was the lucky winner of a year’s membership at the Hart Leisure Centre and Ms Hicks from Wokingham won a family ticket to see Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime at the Harlington.
Hart District Council has set up the online lottery to provide support to local voluntary organisations and charities. Each ticket costs £1 and has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize every week. This includes an incredible £25,000 jackpot prize if you match all six numbers, as well as various other cash prizes.
Speaking about the Hart Lottery, Cllr David Neighbour, Leader for Hart District Council said: “I’m delighted that the Hart Lottery has launched with great success. In the first 2 months of live ticket sales, early indications show that over £25,000 per year will be raised for local causes. The support we have received from residents has resulted in a fantastic amount raised so far, and it’s great to see that the local charities and good causes have got on board. My thanks to the Four Seasons, Everyone Active and the Starburst Foundation that donated the bolt on prizes, as this was a great way to celebrate the start of this lottery.”
Tickets cost just £1 each and deliver 60% back to local good causes, in comparison to just 28% contributed by the National Lottery. The remaining 40% goes back into the prize fund and pays for the running costs.
Players are able to set up a monthly payment in advance with the option to do a three, six or twelve month repeating subscription by direct debit or payment card. Winners are informed over email and will have the money transferred automatically to their chosen bank account.
For more information or to sign up to the Hart Lottery please visit www.hartlottery.co.uk.