Salisbury City Community Lottery, launched yesterday, Monday, January 11, at a well-attended virtual Good Causes event.

It will help to raise funds for local organisation as 60p from every £1 ticket goes to the registered good causes in the area: 20% goes to the prize fund, and the rest pays running costs and VAT.

Homelessness, loneliness, isolation and poverty alleviation charity ENCIRCLES was one of the first charities to apply to the Community Lottery. Molly Fisher who is the Trustee for the charity, said: “ENCIRCLES is very excited to be part of the Salisbury Community Lottery, which will provide a unique income stream for small charities. During these difficult times, such income becomes even more important for charities to meet their objectives and so we encourage other Salisbury Charities to join us in making the lottery a great success. All you have to do is develop your own lottery page to promote your charity and then meet the requirement of at least 20 weekly ticket sales.”

The new website is now available to view here where tickets will go on sale from Tuesday, February 16.

Players can win a £25,000 jackpot, plus smaller prizes. The first draw of the Salisbury City Community Lottery is on Saturday, March 27 and will then be every week.

Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets.

Lottery management company, Gatherwell, runs the scheme, which is promoted by Salisbury City Council.