New Scottish lottery debuts

A Scottish lottery that will donate 20 per cent of its revenues to charities will be launched next month.

The People’s Postcode Lottery has identified three unnamed Scottish charities in the health, children’s rights and nature sectors that will be the first beneficiaries of the donations. According to a PPL statement, “more charitable partners will be brought on board” as the lottery grows.

Each player will purchase a £2 lottery ticket that will allow them entry into a weekly draw. The PPL will be run by Novamedia, which operates similar lotteries in the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, with a total of 4.3 million players each week. The first draw will be on 4 January 2008, but players will be able to sign up from November this year.

Boudewijn Poelmann, chairman of the Postcode Lottery, said: “We have seen that the people and communities of Scotland have a huge commitment to their country and each other. Our aim with the People’s Postcode Lottery is to enhance this community spirit, create thousands of local winners and, most importantly, support Scottish charities.”

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