Community groups are gearing up to build on the $17 million already raised since the inception of the People’s Choice Community Lottery with tickets available online from today.
The Community Lottery has helped children in need, animals in need, Scout and Guide groups, sporting teams, art and dance troupes and other charitable groups since it began in 1984, with last year’s Lottery partner Cancer Council SA raising a record $61,056 to support research, prevention and care for those affected by cancer.
People’s Choice spokesperson Stuart Symons said organisers were hoping the community would support this year’s partner, HeartKids, to beat last year’s mark, and for the total raised for all community groups to push past the $1.6 million raised in 2017.
“The People’s Choice Community Lottery is an easy way communities can support the things that matter. Selling a $2 ticket online or on paper raises valuable funds for a wide variety of groups that can find it difficult to raise funds. And buying a $2 ticket helps the groups make a difference in our own communities – while also offering a chance to win part of a prize pool with a retail value of more than $360,000,” Mr Symons said.
“Online sales have proven extremely popular, with about 150,000 tickets selling out quickly last year. We expect them to sell even quicker this year, especially with early-bird ticket holders in the running to drive away in a new Toyota Yaris Ascent 5-door Hatch,” he said.
“The Lottery has grown significantly over the past 34 years because it supports our communities – and for that we have to thank our Lottery partners, which this year include CMV Group and CMI, LG and Harvey Norman, CGU, Ten News, QBE, and Rossdale,” he said.
“The Early Bird period ends 30 April 2018, so get in quickly if you want to improve your chances of winning,” he said.
The Lottery is a self-help scheme for not-for-profit sporting clubs, schools and pre-schools, community groups and charitable organisations. There is absolutely no cost for not-for-profit groups to participate as People’s Choice and its partners meet all costs associated with prizes, promotional material, advertising, printing of tickets. People’s Choice coordinates all administrative essentials such as distribution, licensing, and statutory requirements.
Tickets are $2 each and participating organisations retain 100% of all proceeds which they generate through the sale of both paper and online tickets. The winner of the Early Bird Prize will be announced 15 May, and the main prizes drawn on 9 October 2018.
Community groups in South Australia, Victoria, the Northern Territory and the ACT can register now for this year’s People’s Choice Community Lottery.
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