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Middlesbrough Council proposes lottery to fund cultural events

By Roman Peters - Contributor
3 months ago

Middlesbrough Council is proposing to launch a lottery with a £25,000 jackpot. The goal of this lottery is to raise money for the cultural and arts sector.

According to the Council, 60% of the money raised through the lottery would help support the cultural sector which was hit hard by the Coronavirus lockdown, with venues closed and activities cancelled. Every player would be able to pick six numbers and choose a good cause that will be supported with 60p out of every £1.

The odds of winning the jackpot would be a million-to-one but there would also be £1,000, £250, and £25 prizes available with a 50-to-one chance of winning.

If the Council’s suggestion gets a green light, the lottery would be licensed by the Gambling Commission and run by Gatherwell, a firm that handles 65 local authority lotteries. For their services, Gatherwell would be paid 17% of the ticket fee. A spokeswoman for the UKGC said lotteries are considered to be a low-risk product, but they still expect the operator to act in line with social responsibility requirements.

The Council made a proposition of limiting the sales to 20 tickets per person in order to encourage responsible gambling.