Health Lottery marks first anniversary with launch of midweek draw

Win Wednesday tickets go on sale; National Lottery operator Camelot says the government should clarify the law

Health Lottery
Health Lottery

The Health Lottery has announced that tickets for its new midweek draw will be going on sale next week.

Tickets for Win Wednesday will be available in about 40,000 stores from Monday and the first draw will take place on Wednesday 17 October. Tickets will continue to be sold for the lottery’s weekly draw every Saturday.

Monday also marks the first anniversary of the scheme’s first draw. Since its launch, the Health Lottery, which is made up of 51 society lotteries, has raised £24.2m for charities.

Dave Wall, chief operating officer of the Health Lottery, said: "We’re really excited that we can celebrate the Health Lottery’s first year by launching Win Wednesday and offer players another chance to play."

A spokeswoman for the National Lottery operator Camelot repeated its earlier statement that the launch of a midweek draw "only serves to underline the urgency with which the government needs to act to ensure that the law mirrors the intention and will of Parliament that there should only be one National Lottery".

A spokeswoman for the Health Lottery said: "Camelot is asking the government to shut off a pipeline of funding that helps charities support health causes in some of the most deprived communities in Great Britain, at a time when fundraising for charities is more difficult than ever."

In August the High Court dismissed Camelot’s request for a judicial review of the licensing of the Health Lottery by the commission. During the hearing it emerged that the Gambling Commission was carrying out a review in relation to the marketing and promotion of the Health Lottery. 

This was because of concerns that potential players did not realise they were participating in a particular society lottery rather than a single, health-related lottery.

The Health Lottery spokeswoman said it was continuing to work closely with the commission over compliance: posters explaining the Health Lottery had been put up in shops selling tickets, showing the areas that would benefit. She declined to give further details.

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