Local community groups are the REAL winners with the Havant Community Lottery!

Thursday, 18 April, 2019

The Havant Borough Community Lottery is celebrating its 1st birthday and what better way to mark the occasion than sharing thousands of pounds amongst the local community groups.

Havant Borough Council launched its lottery back in 2018 with the first draw being announced on Saturday 7 April 2018 and ever since has been a huge success for players and good causes across the borough.

More than 63,000 tickets have been sold in the first 12 months, raising a fantastic £37,812 for good causes in the borough – that’s a total of 60% of every ticket going back to the community!

Groups, from across the borough who have received money from the Havant Lottery Community Fund Grants are:

  • Project 71
  • Havant & East Hants Mind
  • Stop Domestic Abuse
  • Waterlooville Events Team
  • Friends of Hermitage Stream
  • Stockheath Common Fireworks
  • Dementia Friendly Havant

Jackie Buckley from Waterlooville Events Team said “We are a small group of volunteers who organise community events that take place in the town centre, including the Christmas grotto and festive lights, the school arts trail and music events at the bandstand. 

“The lottery has been a brilliant way to raise funds and for the community to show support for the work the volunteers do.  

“In fact, one of the supporters won £25 and donated back to the events team, which was so kind!!  Another has won £250 two weeks running!”

Tracey Wood, Havant Borough Council’s head of housing and community added “It’s hard to believe The Havant Borough Community Lottery is a year old already, and what a success it has been. We are proud to support the lottery and would encourage those who haven’t bought a ticket before to try it out, not only is this something affordable and fun to take part in, you can also support and raise money for some truly great causes across the borough who rely on the public to keep them going strong!”

50% of every ticket sold goes directly to groups who have registered with the Lottery, players can choose which group or project they wish to support, from a range of local schools, scouts and guides, music and art groups, sports and activity clubs, youth organisations, support services and many, many more.

A further 10% goes into a community fund through which local groups can apply for small grants to support their work.

In celebration of the first anniversary, the first round of grants has been awarded with more than £15,000 going back out to fund exciting projects which will support residents in the borough:

The lottery was launched by Havant Borough Council to provide a fun, flexible and easy way for local groups to raise essential funds to deliver much needed services and projects to residents, whilst also giving players a chance to win £25,000.

To play, or to sign up as a good cause, please visit www.havantlottery.co.uk or call 023 9319 0011.