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The first Lucky Severn Community Lottery draw was a success

Published: Thursday, 25 March, 2021

The first Lucky Severn Community Lottery draw took place on Saturday in which 30 people won prizes, including two iPad Air tablets, £25 and free tickets to future draws.

Lucky Severn is a weekly online lottery which gives players a chance to win up to £25,000 while supporting good causes and local voluntary groups in their community.

One of the winners was Mrs Collins of Dursley. She said: “I was pleased to participate in the Lucky Severn Community Lottery which raises funds for local community groups and good causes, in my case supporting Stinchcombe Village Hall. I was totally amazed and thrilled to hear that I had won an iPad Air in the very first draw.” 

Another one of the winners, Mrs J. Henman said: “This is the first week of the Lucky Severn Community Lottery and I am delighted to have won the lovely prize of an iPad Air.

I do love a lottery and this one is particularly special as a large proportion of the money goes to local charities. My chosen charity is The Cotswold Canals Trust as there is so much good work going on there and I love walking along the canal seeing the changes. Everybody has their own favourite though which is what makes this lottery such a good idea.”

More than 1,600 tickets were sold for the first draw which will currently raise £53,000 over the next 12 months for good causes in the Stroud district.

There’s a diverse range of community groups for players to support, including Stroud Cats Protection, Sunflowers Suicide Support, 1st Dursley Scout Group and Minchinhampton Riding for the Disabled.

Jess Beech, Fundraising Volunteer at Sunflowers Suicide Support which has signed up as a good cause said:

“A lot of charities and good causes, including ourselves have been severely affected by Covid-19. We are so grateful for the Lucky Severn Community Lottery as it has been a great opportunity for us to gain more income as we recover from the past year. It has also provided us with much needed awareness of our charity; it is so important that people are aware of the support we offer. So far we have received a great amount of support and look forward to seeing how much more money can be raised for community groups across the district.”

Chief Executive of Stroud District Council, Kathy O’Leary said:

“Firstly I would like to congratulate the winners of the first draw! Secondly, I want to thank everyone that has got involved; whether that be as a good cause or a player. The Lucky Severn Community Lottery is for such a great cause and the more people that get involved, the better. This lottery can really help our community groups recover from what has been a difficult year.”

If you are a community group, you can register to join at any time. It is free to register and participants will receive personalised marketing materials and support, a page on the Lucky Severn Community Lottery website as well as 50p of every £1 their supporters spend. A further 10p will go to a central fund supporting other good causes in the district.

The Lucky Severn Community Lottery draws take place every Saturday night. If you would like to get involved as a good cause or as a player, visit: https://www.luckysevernlottery.co.uk/

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