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First draw for Vale Council’s White Horse Community lottery takes place this weekend

The first draw for the Vale of White Horse District Council’s White Horse Community Lottery takes place this weekend on Saturday 18 September.

By buying lottery tickets residents are doing their bit to help support those in need. Set up by the council to help voluntary organisations raise vital funds towards their services, the lottery supports some of the Vale’s most vulnerable residents.

There is a weekly jackpot prize of £25,000 and each ticket costs just £1 per week with 60p from every ticket sold going to support charities and community groups across the Vale.

In addition to the weekly prizes offered by the council’s White Horse Community Lottery, five players picked at random will be able to nominate their organisation to receive a £100 donation as part of the first draw.

Since its launch in June, 36 good causes across the Vale have registered to be a part of this free fundraising opportunity. The lottery is open to new registrations all year round and the council is encouraging voluntary organisations, charities and community groups to get involved and raise much needed funding.

Cllr Margaret Crick, Chair of the Vale of White Horse District Council said: “I’m delighted to see that so many organisations have already joined our lottery and that supporters of their good causes have been getting involved by buying tickets over the summer. Good luck to everyone that has a ticket and to the charities and voluntary organisations in their future fundraising through the White Horse Community Lottery.”

Cllr Bethia Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement at Vale of White Horse District said: “I’m really excited about our first lottery draw this weekend – to celebrate the launch I am pleased we’ve been able to add an additional prize, which will see five organisations that have registered with the lottery, receive £100 each if they are picked by our winners”.

“A little bit really does go a long way, and through buying the £1 tickets on a regular basis, anyone, here in the Vale or further afield, is doing their bit to help support those in need. Ticket sales will continue to support our community fund and the local organisations that have signed up to be a part of it, so it is good news for everyone”.

The draw takes place on the morning of Saturday 18 September and you can find out more information on the official website


Notes for Editors

You can find out more about the lottery via the FAQs page on the main website

Organisations that want to register for the lottery can do so via this page 

From every £1 ticket sold:

  • 50p goes to registered good causes and 10p into a general fund, known as the White Horse Community Fund, which supports the voluntary sector in Vale of White Horse
  • 20p goes to the prize fund
  • 17p goes to Gatherwell, the external lottery management operator that runs the lottery on our behalf
  • 3p is VAT

Proceeds from the general White Horse Community Fund will be spent on providing vital support to a wide range of local organisations and community initiatives which have a beneficial impact on the local community.