Charity lottery jackpot thresholds could be raised

The Government today announced plans to double the proceeds and jackpot thresholds for charity lotteries.

Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe wants to increase the maximum individual jackpot from £200,000 to £400,000 and the maximum proceeds given to charity from £2m to £4m.

His proposal comes in the wake of lobbying from the Lotteries Council and the Hospice Lotteries Association, which represents almost 50 hospice lotteries.

If approved by Parliament, the plans could benefit the 630 charities licensed by the Gambling Commission as large society lotteries – those that raise more than £20,000 in a single draw or £250,000 in a year. Small society lotteries whose proceeds are less than £250,000 are not regulated by the Gambling Commission and will retain their current maximum prize limit of £25,000.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched a three-month consultation on the proposals.

"These lotteries helped raise about £100m for good causes in the past year alone," said Sutcliffe. "But even more can be done to raise more money if the lotteries are made more attractive. I hope this will provide some encouragement for other charities to set up lotteries too."

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