Vale Lottery celebrates

Local good causes got together (see picture) to celebrate six months of Vale Lottery, as Aylesbury Vale District Council announced the jackpot was increasing from £20,000 to £25,000 from this Saturday.

There was also the good news that even more money will be going to the Vale’s good causes –increasing to 60p in the pound from 58p.

The increase came as a reflection of the success of the lottery to date. The scheme, which is now selling almost 2,000 tickets a week, has 120 causes signed up and is on track to generate £60,000 over the year.

Residents and those outside the Vale can play for £1 a week by visiting valelottery.co.uk where they can choose which cause to support. A total of 50p in every pound goes directly to their choice and the additional 10p contributes to the Vale Community Fund, administered by AVDC to support a range of causes. Those without a favourite cause can choose to wholly support the Community Fund, which will then receive 60p in the pound. The rest of the money goes towards running costs and the prize fund – AVDC does not take a penny.

The six-month celebration event also gave good causes an opportunity to exchange fundraising ideas. Carers Bucks and Great Brickhill Cricket Club, who spoke at the event as top achievers in the scheme, shared their success stories with the group. Carers Bucks explained they’re currently on track to generate £1,200 this year, which is enough to fund one of their support groups for 12 months.

Cllr Janet Blake, Cabinet Member for Business Transformation, said: “It’s fantastic news that, at such an early stage following its launch, the Vale Lottery jackpot has now increased by 25 per cent to £25,000, and we hope this enhanced top prize will help generate further support from the community for local good causes in their are.”

For more information and to register, visit www.valelottery.co.uk

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