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Dorset Council is seeking the views of local residents, community groups and local charities on the proposal to run a ‘Community Lottery’ for local good causes in the Dorset council area.

It is proposed that a ticket would  cost £1 with 60p going to local causes. Players would be able to nominate good causes they wish to support when buying their ticket. Of this 60p – 50p would  go to the local cause and 10p  towards a community grant.

All players would get a chance to win prizes of up to £25,000. Every ticket purchased would have a 1 in 50 chance of winning and winners will be given the option to reinvest their winnings to their nominated charity or community group. Tickets would be available to purchase online for a weekly draw.

In order to determine if there is a willingness for this to happen the council is asking people to complete a short online survey. It takes just five minutes to complete. A council spokesperson said: ‘Please note that no decision to run a Community Lottery has yet to be made. We simply want to measure people’s thoughts (good and bad) about having one.’

The survey is live from midnight Thursday 12 September and closes at 4pm on Sunday 13 October.

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