Everyone who buys a ticket this month will be entered in a special draw next month for the bonus prize of two tickets on the West Somerset Railway’s Dunster Castle Express.
The prize is generously sponsored by the heritage railway and the prize draw takes place on February 10. The winner will be able to redeem the tickets at any time between April and October this year while the Express is running.
The community lottery is now ready to start awarding grants to local good causes through the Somerset Community Foundation. More than £4,000 is available in Taunton Deane and a further similar sum is available in West Somerset.
Applications are open to voluntary and community groups in West Somerset and Taunton Deane; the maximum grant - £1,000. For more information, please visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/somersetwestlottery. The closing date for applications is February 26 2018.
The lottery is a joint initiative by Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils and an example of the two authorities working together in partnership.
Players have a 50 to one chance of winning one of the prizes, which range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets. From each £1 ticket, 60p goes to local good causes, 20% goes to the prize fund, and the balance meets running costs and VAT.
The lottery management company, Gatherwell, has been appointed to run the scheme.
Released jointly on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council
Debbie Rundle Media & Communications officer 01823 356407 or 01984 635280