LINCOLNSHIRE’S St Barnabas Hospice has set the ball rolling with plans to re-launch its popular lottery – more than tripling the biggest win possible.
It is introducing a weekly roll-over prize which could net one lucky winner a bumper £7,000 – for just a £1 stake.
It is estimated that the lottery has made a surplus of more than £3 million since its launch 15 years ago – with this money being used directly on improving patient care and developing end-of-life services across the county.
Now an exciting new era beckons for its 9,000 weekly players as the roll-over gets ready for launch on the April 6 draw.
The roll-over prize will be £500 – but this will swell week-on-week to a maximum £7,000 jackpot if there is no winning number.
“It’s our version of the Magnificent Seven – and will be by far and away the biggest prize we have ever handed out,” said lottery manager Phil Brandon.
“It one of the most exciting changes to the lottery since we first pressed the button all those years ago.
“We hope it will stir extra interest and excitement across the county and encourage new players to take part as well as incentivise current members to increase the number of chances they have to win.”
He added: “The lottery remains a unique way of winning a superb cash prize each week – as well as helping to support a good cause that is very close to everyone’s hearts here in Lincolnshire.”
The roll-over initiative spearheads a new prize structure for the lottery, which will also include a guaranteed weekly prize of £1,000, as well as scores of other cash handouts totalling £2,500.
It will work by including both live and lapsed numbers in a special draw.
If a dormant number is drawn at random, the £500 prize will be rolled over for a maximum 14 weeks until a winning number is picked.
Each lottery number costs just £1 per week and application forms are available from the hospice’s network of 23 shops; online at www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk; by emailing email@example.com; or by phoning the lottery office on 01522 546500.
Players must be aged 16 or over.
Allow up to two weeks between submitting an application form and being entered in the lottery draw.