A record level of online support for the 2017 People’s Choice Community Lottery will deliver almost $1.6 million to support community groups across Australia.
More than 1070 community groups will benefit, including charities, shelters, schools, dance groups, football and netball clubs and social justice bodies – taking the total raised by the People’s Choice Community Lottery since its inception to more than $17 million.
This year’s Lottery partner, Cancer Council SA, will receive a record $61,056 to support research, prevention and care for those affected by cancer, doubling last year’s record for a participating group.
People’s Choice Credit Union Chief Executive Officer, Steve Laidlaw, said the Lottery continued to stand out for its ability to make a difference to communities.
“The People’s Choice Community Lottery sold almost 900,000 tickets this year with a record 150,000 sold online. Each one of those tickets will make a difference to the 1070 community groups who took part this year,” Mr Laidlaw said.
“Many of these groups find it difficult to raise the funds they need, so we’re pleased we can help them remain active within their communities,” he said.
“The level of support shown for Cancer Council SA this year is fantastic and adds to the $730,000 raised through the People’s Choice Undies Run for Bowel Cancer over the past five years,” he said.
The winning ticket – purchased online – was drawn at the People’s Choice Head Office at 50 Flinders Street, Adelaide, on Wednesday 4 October. The winner will receive a Toyota RAV4 valued at $39,747 thanks to Lottery partner CMI Toyota.
The remaining 130 winners will share prizes valued at more than $320,000 including a $35,000 Harvey Norman Shopping Spree, a $20,000 international travel voucher from Bunnik Tours and a $20,000 landscaping package from Rossdale Homes. A full list of winning ticket numbers will be published in South Australia’s Sunday Mail on Sunday 8 October, and will be made available online in the coming days at www.communitylottery.com.au.
New community groups are invited to express their interest to be part of the 2018 People’s Choice Community Lottery by visiting the People’s Choice website at www.communitylottery.com.au.