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New Middlesbrough lottery set to benefit good causes

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Good causes and community groups in Middlesbrough are set to benefit from a new local lottery.

The Middlesbrough Lottery launches at the end of July, offering ticketholders the chance to win up to £25,000 every week.

Unlike other lotteries, 60% of every ticket sold in the Middlesbrough Lottery will go towards supporting the local community.

50% will go to local good causes, and 10% will support Middlesbrough Council-run cultural initiatives like Orange Pip Market and the Tees Transporter Bridge.

The remaining 40% is spent on winnings and administration fees, managed externally.

Middlesbrough Council is now calling for Middlesbrough-based community initiatives to sign up to the lottery.

Ticket buyers can select which good cause to support amongst organisations that have signed up to the scheme, offering an easy and risk-free fundraising opportunity.

Alternatively, ticket buyers can elect to put 60% of their ticket price towards Council-run cultural initiatives.

A virtual information event for interested community groups and good causes is being held at 1pm on Tuesday, June 22.

Attendees can find out more about the Middlesbrough Lottery and how their organisation can benefit. They will have the opportunity to sign up to the scheme following the event.

The Middlesbrough Lottery is externally managed by Gatherwell, who run over 80 community lotteries for local authorities across the UK.

Gatherwell's community lotteries currently raise over £5million for grassroots community groups and good causes.

Mieka Smiles, Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said: "We know community groups and good causes have been hit hard by the pandemic, with many struggling to stay afloat under the restrictions we've all faced.

"The Middlesbrough Lottery provides a fantastic opportunity for these groups to benefit from a free and easy fundraising stream - all they need to do is sign up to the lottery and promote it to their supporters.

"Not only can people win up to £25,000 every single week, but they can do so knowing that a large proportion of their ticket goes towards supporting our local community.

"I'd encourage any good causes or community groups to attend our virtual event and find out more."

A spokesman for Gatherwell said: "We've seen the tremendous positive difference the money raised from community lotteries like this can make for charities and good causes and we wish all the players good luck when they choose to play and support their cause."

Tickets for the Middlesbrough Lottery will be available from Tuesday, July 27, with the first draw being held on Saturday, September 4.

More information on ticket sales and the draw will be made available in July.

Community groups, charities and local good causes can sign up to attend the virtual information event online.

The RSVP date for the event is Thursday, June 17.

The event is for community groups, charities and local good causes only. The lottery will be formally launched to the public at the beginning of July.

To find out more about Gatherwell's community lottery scheme, visit the Gatherwell website

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