Scottish lotto gives £40,000 to charities

A Scottish charity lottery has donated more than £40,000 to Scottish charities since its launch earlier this month.

The People’s Postcode Lottery has donated a share of the money to its charity partners Children 1st, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres as unrestricted funds.

The lottery, which had its first draw on 4 January, aims to give 20 per cent of the sales revenue from each draw to charities that work in the areas of children, health and the protection of nature and the environment. As the scheme becomes more popular, it aims to add more charities working in these areas to its portfolio.

The Postcode Lottery concept already operates in the north east of England. It is also a success in the Netherlands and in Sweden – more than £2.2bn has been donated to good causes and 4.3 million people play each week in the two countries combined.

When players buy a £2 ticket, their postcode is noted. A winning postcode is selected for each draw and each ticket in the winning postcode wins a share of the £25,000 street prize. A further £5,000 is split between ticket holders in the surrounding neighbourhood. Tickets are also entered in additional monthly draws to win thousands of pounds and a car.

“As the only lottery from which all funds raised for charity in Scotland stay in Scotland, it’s fantastic that after only one month we’re already making such significant donations to some of the country’s most worthwhile causes,” said Annemiek Hoogenboom, country manager of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

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