Wyre Council is launching a new online lottery to provide good causes and community groups with a simple and easy way to raise much needed funds.

60p from every £1 lottery ticket sold will go direct to local charities, voluntary organisations and other good causes in the borough.

The online draw will be weekly and players can win a range of prizes, up to a £25,000 jackpot.

When a player buys a ticket they can choose a specific local good cause to receive 50p of their ticket money. If you run a Wyre based community group or good cause, or you hold activities for the benefit of Wyre residents, you can sign up to the scheme. Then your supporters can choose for their 50p to come directly to you. There’s no charge to join the scheme and it’s simple to sign up.

A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Wyre Community Lottery good causes fund. Alternatively players can choose for 60p to be donated to the general Wyre Community Lottery good causes fund. The remaining 40p will fund prizes, operating costs and VAT.

There will be a launch event at 6pm on Wednesday 22 January at the Civic Centre in Poulton. Community groups and good causes in the borough are invited to come along and find out how the lottery works and how to sign up.

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement comments, “It’s great that we are able to support local good causes with the launch of our new lottery. There are so many community groups who contribute to Wyre in lots of ways and this is a really simple and straightforward way for them to raise funds.

“The lottery gives supporters of registered local groups a way to donate money whilst being in with the chance of winning some great prizes – everyone is a winner!”

For more information on the lottery go to www.wyre.gov.uk/lottery or to book a place at the launch email [email protected] or call 01253 887267.