The lottery was officially launched today (May 16) at the Council Chamber at West Somerset House in Williton and The Albermarle Centre, Taunton.
From every £1 ticket sold, 60p will go to charities, voluntary organisations and other good causes that work in the area, while players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot, plus smaller prizes. Good causes who want to benefit can register now at www.somersetwestlottery.co.uk The website is also where residents can buy tickets, from June 13.
The first good cause to sign up for the Somerset West Lottery was Engage. The charity’s Chief Officer, Katrina Midgley, said: “We were keen to support the lottery not only for the benefits it can bring to us as a charity and our work but also for the benefit it will bring to the area of Taunton Deane and West Somerset.
“For small charities, getting this money is going to make a lot of difference, and will go a long way. We'd encourage other local good causes to sign up. All you have to do is commit to spreading the word about your own lottery page and reaching a minimum of 20 ticket sales."
Cllr Catherine Herbert, Deputy Mayor of Taunton Deane, said: "This is a very exciting day because it's all about our local charities, the voluntary sector and not-for-profit organisations, and making it easier for us to support the Taunton Deane community with the Somerset West online lottery."
Cllr Bruce Heywood, Chairman of West Somerset Council, agreed: "This is an excellent way that we can all support good causes that do so much for West Somerset."
Simon Lewis, Assistant Director for Housing & Communities for both councils, encouraged leaders of good causes to sign up to benefit from the lottery.
The Somerset West Lottery first draw is Saturday 29 July 2017. From each £1 ticket, 60p goes to local good causes, 20% goes to the prize fund, and the balance meets running costs and VAT.
Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets.
The lottery management company, Gatherwell, has been appointed to run the scheme, having already launched similar lotteries elsewhere.
Ben Speare, Gatherwell's managing director, said: "We are delighted that Gatherwell has been awarded the opportunity to run the new Somerset West Lottery. We're looking forward to helping support Taunton Deane and West Somerset local causes in partnership with Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council.”
Note: Media representatives are welcome to attend the launches on Tuesday May 16: 9.30am at West Somerset House, Williton; 6.30pm, The Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton.
Debbie Rundle, Public & Media Relations Officer 01984 635280 or 01823 356407