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Community lottery celebrates one year anniversary

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Today marks a year since the borough’s community lottery, the Bracknell Forest Lottery, launched with its first draw.

In the first 12 months, almost £35,000 has been raised to date for the Bracknell Forest Lottery to fund local community groups, good causes and charities across the borough.

The money has come from sales of tickets purchased by residents. Of every £1 ticket purchased, 60 pence has gone towards local good causes with residents. They then have the option to choose which cause benefits from their ticket sale when they play.

There are currently 74 local good causes currently signed up as beneficiaries of the lottery. The council is hopeful that more will sign up in the coming months. In a recent survey of good causes involved in the lottery, all respondents said being a Bracknell Forest Lottery beneficiary has had a positive impact on their fundraising efforts.

It’s not just good causes seeing the benefits but residents too; there have been more than 1,000 winners in the past year, bagging cash prizes of £250 or £25. There has also been seasonal bonus prize giveaways.

Bonus prizes have included a three-course dinner with a bottle of wine at The Grange hotel, a dinner, bed and breakfast stay for two at The Coppid Beech hotel and a luxury beauty hamper supplied by Fenwick.

To celebrate a successful first year of the Bracknell Forest Lottery, residents who buy a ticket between 1 November and 27 November will also have the chance to win a Family Treetop Adventure at Go Ape.

Cllr Peter Heydon, Executive Member for Transformation and Finance, said:

“I’m delighted the Bracknell Forest Lottery has generated a significant sum of money for local good causes, particularly as its first year has been particularly challenging, coinciding with a global pandemic. It’s great to see the lottery adding to Bracknell’s sense of community, as it is our community that is benefiting.

“Feedback from good causes has been overwhelmingly positive, with many commenting on how helpful the extra funds the lottery has generated has helped them to keep going during the pandemic. We’re urging local residents to consider whether a good cause they support could benefit from the Bracknell Forest Lottery and if so, tell them about it! It’s completely free to sign up and they can start benefiting straight away.”

To learn more and buy your ticket, visit the Bracknell Forest Lottery website.

Good causes, charities and community groups can sign up at the Good Causes webpage.