COMMUNITY groups in Gwent could benefit from a weekly jackpot of more than £20,000 as Wales’ launches its own lottery.
The weekly “loto” draw has a guaranteed jackpot £25,000, the highest the lottery can offer under society lottery rules.
A minimum of 20 per cent of proceeds will be funnelled into grassroots community causes across the country.
Winners will need to match five of 39 drawn numbers and other prizes will also be on offer for matching fewer numbers.
Tickets are priced at £1 and can be bought online only by anyone aged 16 at www.loteri.cymru on Monday 10th April.
The weekly “loto” draw is to be shown on broadcast partner S4C every Friday at 8pm from April 28.
The lottery’s operator, Loteri Cymru, is a community interest company (CIC) chaired by WRU chairman and former Wales rugby international, Gareth Davies.
Its chief executive, Sue Carter, was previously a director at Yahoo!, and is a former BBC journalist, producer and editor.
A charitable arm of the operator, Hanfod Cymru, has been established to distribute proceeds from Loteri Cymru ticket sales to good causes.
With funds going to charity complimented by low ticket prices, the “loto” has described the launch as a “win-win” for people and communities by Mr Davies.
“Our research has shown that people really like the idea of a dedicated Welsh lottery that benefits local causes,” he added.
“We want Loteri Cymru to become a real part of life here, so that, as soon as possible, everyone in Wales will know someone who has won a prize or be aware of a good cause that has benefited.”
More information is available at www.loteri.cymru and www.hanfod.cymru.