Cheshunt’s iconic Old Pond fountain streamed with balloons to celebrate the launch of the Broxbourne Lottery for local good causes.
The eye-catching installation brought to mind lottery balls cascading from the monument ahead of the first draw on Saturday 4 November.
Bob the badger, the Borough of Broxbourne’s mascot, joined in the fun as he waved at passing shoppers to share the news that tickets are now on sale.
Players are in with the chance of winning a jackpot of £25,000 for matching all six numbers. Smaller cash prizes start from £25 for matching three numbers. Odds of winning are better than the National Lottery or Health Lottery.
Tickets cost just £1 with 60p going to good causes. Players can choose where 50p goes from a list of registered groups, while 10p goes to the Council’s community grants fund to be distributed to good causes. Of the rest, 20p is for prizes, 17p for the external lottery manager, Gatherwell, and 3p is VAT.
More than 52 local good causes are in line to benefit from the initiative. They include scout and guide groups, a food bank, charities helping the elderly and young people, school parent and teacher associations, park volunteers, sports clubs, and arts and dramatics societies.
Councillor Jeremy Pearce, Cabinet Member for Corporate Development and a director at Broxbourne Food Bank which is in the scheme, said: “Broxbourne Lottery gives people the chance to really help local good causes. Players can choose which charity they’d like to benefit for every ticket they buy.
“We believe this will really make a difference, but the important thing is that as many people as possible buy tickets to raise even more money and have the greatest positive impact. The more people take part, the more money good causes will gain. So please head to the website now to buy your tickets.”
Local good causes can apply to benefit from the lottery on its website.
To buy tickets and for more information, visit www.BroxbourneLottery.co.uk