Last Updated: 08 Aug 2016 11:31am
Charities and community groups across Tonbridge and Malling are counting down the days until the launch of Hive Lotto on 2 September 2016. Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council hope that community groups will sign up early to maximise their benefit from Hive Lotto, an online community lottery which will raise money for good causes.
People who play the lottery will be able to support their chosen local charity or organisation, which will receive 50p for every £1 lottery ticket sold without the burden of administration and prize fund costs. The remaining 50p will be distributed as follows: 20p will go to the prize fund, 12p will go to an external lottery manager and the remaining 18p will go to a central pot, administered by the Council, for distribution to local good causes. If a player does not have a specific good cause in mind then the amount paid into the central pot will be 68p. All net proceeds from the lottery will be paid to local good causes.
The top prize will be worth £25,000 for six correct numbers and the top prize winner's chosen charity will also receive £25,000. There will be further prizes of £1,000 for five correct numbers and £100 for four correct numbers plus three 'free plays' for three correct numbers. Tickets will be available online and winners will be notified by email.
Early interest from both community groups and players can be registered at www.hivelotto.co.uk where full online registration will also be available soon. Hive Lotto can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Cllr Mrs Maria Heslop, the Council's Cabinet Member for Community Services, says: "The launch of Hive Lotto on 2 September represents the beginning of an important opportunity for voluntary and community groups to raise money for their good causes without the overheads and responsibilities of traditional fundraising methods. Charities and organisations wishing to benefit from this exciting opportunity to raise funds should register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.hivelotto.co.uk"