Feeling the pinch in your pocket during the festive season? With the new Gloucester Lottery, you could be in with the chance of receiving up to £25,000.

The local lottery has been set up by Gloucester City Council and would be open to residents of the city in a bid to raise money for charities and good causes in Gloucester.

A special launch is being held on 13th December at Blackfriars Priory, with the first draw taking place in January 2017. It costs £1 per game to play and winners could receive up to £25,000 as part of the weekly draw.

The council wants to make sure good causes and local charities can continue to receive financial support into the future.

Setting up a lottery will help to raise money to continue to fund these projects.

Gloucester isn’t the first council to do this, Portsmouth and Aylesbury Vale councils have also set up a lottery.

Sixty per cent of the money raised will go to good causes. The rest of the money will go towards the prize money, an external lottery manager who will run the game, and VAT.

Residents will be able to set up a monthly payment in advance with the option to do a three, six or twelve month repeating subscription by direct debit or payment card.

Winners will be informed via email and will have the money transferred automatically to their chosen bank account. The results will be updated on to a third party website which will be announced nearer the time.

Cllr Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council, said: “The Gloucester lottery is really exciting and I hope that lots of people join in. It will support local voluntary organisations and charities.

“Whilst this is a fantastic and fun opportunity for everyone, the city council wants to remind everyone to gamble responsibly.”

Please remember to gamble responsibly and as much as you can afford to lose. For advice go to The first draw will be on 4th February.

Charities can get in touch by emailing

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