Thanet Community Lotto

A brand new community lottery is being launched to raise money for good causes in Thanet!

Thanet Community Lotto, an initiative from Thanet District Council, will not only give people the chance to win an impressive weekly jackpot of £25,000, but for every £1 ticket sold online, 50p will go directly to projects and good causes in the community.

Unlike the National Lottery, which currently gives 28p from each ticket sold, Thanet’s version will also give players the opportunity to decide which cause to support.

The call is now out for local good causes to put themselves forward for selection!

The Lotto is free for good causes and easy to join.

Representatives of Thanet’s charity, voluntary and community sector are invited to the Yarrow Hotel on Tuesday 17 October (7pm - 8.30pm) to find out more about how their organisation could benefit.

Confirmation of attendance is required in advance, please e-mail

To be eligible to register as a Good Cause you must meet the criteria below.

  • Be set up locally and operating for the benefit of residents in Thanet on a not for profit basis
  • Be a registered charity or a Community Interest Company or have a constitution/set of rules that have community or social objectives
  • Have a bank account in the name of the organisation with two signatories
  • Maintain transparency and accountability of financial assistance at all times
  • Have no undue restrictions on membership of the organisation
  • Are not groups promoting religious, faith or political ideology

Cllr Wells, Leader of Thanet District Council said: “The community lotto is a great way for local people to help fund the projects that mean the most to them. When buying a ticket online, they’ll be able to directly select which good cause they want to support, so everyone’s a winner! I’d encourage any local groups who meet the criteria to come along next week to find out more about how they can get involved.”

A wider launch of the new Lotto will take place once good causes have been registered.  

The council has appointed an independent Lottery Manager, Gatherwell, to run the lottery on its behalf, in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005.

In the changing face of local government a number of councils have started their own online lotteries and Thanet District Council is hoping that introducing a similar scheme in Thanet will help to bring significant support to local causes.

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