Top prizes for Lotto winners

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Prizes including an iPad and five Fitbit watches are being handed out to lucky winners across Daventry District following a special Local Lotto draw.

The special prizes were being offered in a big summer draw held to help promote the Lotto, a weekly online lottery which redistributes half of its ticket sales to local community groups.

Players representing six of the 72 good causes signed up to benefit from the Lotto won the goodies after being randomly selected.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is partnered with lottery organisers Gatherwell to run the Local Lotto, which is on course to distribute more than £22,500 to voluntary and community groups in its first year of operation.

It offers a £25,000 jackpot for matching six numbers in sequence, plus prizes for matching five numbers (£2,500), four numbers (£250), three numbers (£25) and two numbers (£5).

There have been 366 winning tickets since the Lotto launched in April, with players receiving prizes ranging from £5 to £250.

Anyone who buys a £1 ticket from can elect for 40p of the money to go to one of the 72 local community groups, charities and sports clubs that have signed up so far.

An additional 10p from every ticket sold goes into the community pot – a general fund that will be distributed by DDC to other local good causes.

Of the remaining 50p from each ticket sale, 30p goes into the prize fund, 17p goes to the operator Gatherwell, and the remaining 3p is the VAT on the operator’s charge, which is recovered by DDC and used to cover their costs for running the scheme.

Draws are made electronically at 8pm each Saturday night with the results published at as well as via the Lotto’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Winners are also informed by email.

Councillor Alan Hills, Community, Culture and leisure Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “I would like to congratulate the winners of these super prizes and thank everyone who plays the Lotto for the support they are giving to local good causes.

“We’ve been very pleased with the response to the Local Lotto so far. Groups across our District are really getting behind it as a great way for them to generate a regular income while offering their members and supporters a chance to win prizes.”