Good causes sought for Northampton Lottery

Published: Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Charities, voluntary and community organisations in Northampton are being invited to sign up to a local good cause lottery, launching this summer.

Northampton Borough Council is set to launch the Northampton Lottery on 20 August, after the scheme was agreed to at a Cabinet meeting on 14 November, with the first draw scheduled to take place on 28 September.

Northampton Lottery tickets will cost £1 each, with 50p of each ticket sale going to a local good cause chosen by the ticket buyer.

An additional 10p of each ticket sale will automatically go into a central fund to support organisations chosen by the Borough Council. Causes supported by the central fund have been confirmed as Deplaré Abbey, Inspiration FM, 78 Derngate, The Lowdown and the Lewis Foundation.

Northampton Lottery participants, who must be aged 16 or over, will have a one in 50 chance of winning a prize. Prizes range will from cash lump sums to venue entrance tickets and free entry into next week’s lottery draw.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Local lotteries are a fantastic way for voluntary and community groups to gain access to alternative sources of funding.

“We hope the town’s residents will take part in the lottery, knowing that they are supporting their local charity or good cause as well as having the added incentive of winning some cash.”

Ben Speare, Managing Director at Gatherwell, said: “Gatherwell are delighted to have been chosen to run the Northampton Lottery. We are proud to be working with over 5000 good causes across the country in lotteries similar to the newly created Northampton Lottery and look forward to seeing causes in Northampton benefit in a similar way.”

Local organisations interested in finding out more about Northampton Lottery are invited to join the Council and Gatherwell, the lottery coordinators, at a good cause launch at the Guildhall on Tuesday 23 July, 4pm to 6pm. Entry forms will be available during the event as well as online.

Please RSVP to [email protected]