EVOC (Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council) has launched of a new community lottery to support communities and good causes across the city – the Edinburgh Community Lottery.
Tickets for the Edinburgh Community Lottery will cost £1 with 60p going towards local good causes, compared to just 25p in the pound for the National Lottery.
The draw will be weekly with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers, other prizes on offer include £2,000, £250, £25, or three free tickets.
There are two parts to the scheme. Good causes across Edinburgh will be able to set up their own lottery page, receiving 50p in every pound spent by players. And a further 10p in every pound will go into an EVOC good causes fund, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs, and VAT.
Players who do not wish to support a specific cause can still take part in the Edinburgh Community Lottery, with 60p of their ticket price going into the general EVOC good causes fund, which will be distributed by the organisation.
Ian Brooke, EVOC’s deputy chief executive, said “We’re really excited to be launching the Edinburgh Community Lottery, a new way to support communities and good causes in Edinburgh. While the past 18 months have thrown a spotlight on the amazing work of community groups and voluntary organisations everywhere, it has also stretched staff, volunteers, and resources up to and beyond breaking point.
“That combined with the loss of fundraising activities in light of covid restrictions, means that the Lottery is a really important new opportunity for good causes to raise money, making sure they can continue to support citizens and communities across our city.”
Charities and good causes of all sizes are invited to attend the Good Cause Launch Event on Thursday 9 September at 2pm, where they will get the chance to find out more and sign up.