Good causes sign up to new community lottery

Released on March 1, 2018

More than 30 charities and voluntary groups from South Oxfordshire attended an event today (28 February) to find out about an exciting new community lottery being launched by the district council.

SO Charitable Lottery is being introduced this spring by South Oxfordshire District Council to help raise funds for local good causes.

Today’s event took place at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot for good causes to sign up and get more information about how they stand to benefit from joining.

The lottery will give residents the chance to enter a £1 weekly online draw and be in with the chance of winning prizes, ranging from free prize draw tickets to a jackpot up to £25,000.

From each ticket bought, 60p will go to good causes and the local community. Players will be able to choose which cause they support when they purchase tickets. The rest of the money will go to the prize fund and running costs – the council will not receive any of the proceeds.

Cllr Elizabeth Gillespie, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the new lottery, said: “Our council is committed to supporting the voluntary sector and we’re launching this lottery to create a fun way of helping to raise money for the local community, within the community. It’s a very exciting time getting good causes on-board and with the countdown to tickets going on sale soon, we were absolutely delighted to see so many people at today’s event.

“If there are other good causes that want to get involved, it’s not too late – they simply need to apply to register on the website.”

Oxfordshire Play Association, which organises community play events and workshops across South Oxfordshire is among groups signing up as beneficiaries of the lottery. Manager Martin Gillett said: “As this is a local lottery for local good causes, the great thing is that people can see where their money is going. Knowing that 60 per cent of all ticket sales is going to good causes will hopefully encourage people to get behind this.”

Jon Bright, manager of Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale, which has offices in Didcot, Henley, Thame, Wallingford and at RAF Benson, said: “We already receive grant funding from the council and are joining this new initiative as we are confident that it is a fun way for the community to get involved in supporting us. Any funding that we receive is vital in helping us to continue supporting local people.”

The council is aiming to launch ticket sales in the next few weeks and people can find out more at or by calling 01235 364333.


Notes to editors

The first council-run community lottery was set up by Aylesbury Vale District Council in November 2015 and raises around £85,000 annually for good causes. South Oxfordshire is using the same external lottery management operator, Gatherwell Ltd, to run its lottery.

From every £1 ticket bought online:
• 50p will go to good causes and 10p into a general fund, which will be used to support the voluntary sector in South Oxfordshire
• 20p to the prize fund
• 17p to the external lottery management operator
• 3p to VAT

A voluntary or community group can register to be part of the lottery: if it provides community activities or services within South Oxfordshire; has a formal constitution or set of rules and a bank account requiring at least two unrelated signatories; operates with no undue restrictions on membership; is able to tell the council how it will promote the lottery to its supporters.