Havant Borough Council’s Community Lottery celebrated its third birthday and gave one lucky player a £2,000 pay out.
The online lottery, launched in April 2018, helps to raise funds for local charities and community groups.
Since that time it has raised more than £100,000 for good causes and there are more than 100 organisations signed up to the scheme and reaping the dividends.
For each £1 ticket bought, 60p goes towards the community. Players can win cash prizes of up to £25,000 and can even choose which charities they want to benefit.
Last week the borough saw one of its biggest winners as Brenda Glasspool, of Havant, won £2,000.
She said: “It was a wonderful surprise and will go towards a small break that we are considering taking as soon as the weather gets a little warmer, and we are safely out of the Covid regulations.”
The draws are made every Saturday and, alongside cash sums, players can also win occasional prizes such as holidays or electronic devices. The draw on Saturday 24 April includes the chance to win a £1,000 voucher in Currys PC World.
Tracey Wood, Head of Community Engagement at Havant Borough Council, said: “In the three years since its launch the community lottery has been a huge hit and we are delighted to celebrate its birthday with a big winner from Havant.
“Congratulations to Mrs Glasspool and to all the winners we have had over the last three years.
“And while it’s nice to celebrate individual successes, the real purpose of the lottery is to raise money for the community.
“Don’t forget, if you run a charity or community group then you can sign up for free and receive your share of the funds generated by the lottery every week.”