Scottish lottery names charity beneficiaries

Children 1st, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres will be the first charities to benefit from Scotland's new charity lottery, it was announced this morning at the launch of People's Postcode Lottery Scotland.

The charities will receive a minimum of 20 per cent of the money raised by the lottery, which could amount to £1m per organisation by the end of 2008. Both proceeds and the number of beneficiary charities will increase as the lottery grows in popularity.

The three beneficiaries were selected to meet the People’s Postcode Lottery’s mission to support charities working in the fields of health, children, nature and the environment. All were delighted with the prospect of extra funding.

Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, said: “Maggie’s is delighted to be supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery. This vital financial boost will empower us to support more people affected by cancer at our network of centres across Scotland and to enable them to build a life beyond the disease.”

The People’s Postcode Lottery has been a success in the Netherlands and Sweden, where more than £2.1bn a week has been donated to charity. Tickets in Scotland will cost £2. Members of the public who buy winning tickets will share weekly cash prizes worth £25,000 and will be entered into a monthly draw for more prizes. The first draw will take place on 4 January 2008.

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