The government are going to review the amount society lotteries are allowed to raise and their jackpot sizes. Which is great for good causes, yet not so good for smaller local charities, why? Let us explain.
What the government says
“Maximum amount lotteries can raise, their prize draws and ticket sales to be considered”
The consultation will recommend raising the maximum amount society lotteries can raise for good causes from £10 million to £100 million per year. Large society lotteries sales limits were last raised in 2009.
A little bit of history
Since the 15th century, local communities and charities have used the lottery as a way to raise funds for good causes consistently. Towns would hold lotteries to build and improve fortifications as well as helping the poor. Fun fact, even the Great Wall Of China was funded by the lottery!
The Jackpot Arms Race
The problem now however, is that the lottery has become a jackpot arms race. Lotteries originally began in local communities, they then expanded to towns, then regions and now form national lotteries. They have also expanded into different countries, joining forces with other state lotteries to form large jackpots, such as the EuroMillions, Powerball and MegaMillions.
You may think this is great, bigger jackpots, what could possibly be wrong with that? Well, the core purpose of the lottery was to raise funds for good causes, and now it seems that this is being forgotten, but we can’t let that happen.
If you were asked about the lottery hundreds of years ago, your first thought would probably be what cause or project is it supporting. Now, if someone asked that same question, you are likely to first think about the jackpot size. This is not your fault though, in fact, it is to be expected. It does however highlight how far adrift the lottery has become from charity giving.
The New Reform
This new proposed reform will no doubt be a great advantage for the bigger charities that currently operate society lotteries like Oxfam. They will be able to increase the jackpot size, and therefore, the amount they can raise in funds, which is good!
Yet at the same time, a gulf is forming between small charities and lotteries, a match that should always be present. Charities like Oxfam, have the resources to create their own society lottery, which is not a small ask, in fact, it is a time consuming process, but they are large enough as a charity to create their own source of fundraising, through society lotteries.
How we can help?
Smaller charities do not have this luxury, and the very tool that was supposed to be helping them, is now moving further away than ever. Lotto Social wants to bring charity back to its fundamental roots and help local charities to have a piece of the tool that was created originally for them.
Introducing Lotto Social Hope, a place where you can get lottery lines, and at the same time, help to small local causes. Lottery is synonymous with charity and to build on this further, we are enabling people to give to charities close to their heart and not just the National Lottery charities.
By partnering with Lotto Social Hope, charities have the benefit of using the nation’s favourite lotteries such as the Lotto & EuroMillions, without the need to compete with the National Lottery itself. From this, smaller charities can start to use the lottery to create a regular source of income which can be vital when planning for the future and budgeting.
FBB & Lotto Social Hope
Lotto Social Hope has partnered with FBB to help them to build a new transformation space where young people can go to improve a wide range of skills. They work at schools and use football as a tool for youth engagement to tackle the root causes of low educational attainment, poor school attendance and challenging behaviour.
FBB take a young person’s passion for football and deliver weekly sessions to develop core skills and abilities, provide self esteem, direction and a sense of belonging,and ultimately, positively transform their lives to enable them to become leaders in their community. They have created a football themed curriculum which promotes creativity and the development of literacy skills alongside media training, fundraising and events planning to supplement traditional learning within schools.
It is helping to shape the future of our next generation. You can get lottery lines and support FBB now by following the link below. With Hope, anything is possible.