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Play the Essex Lottery to help good causes in Essex and you could win the £25,000 jackpot

PUBLISHED: 16:52 04 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:53 06 November 2019

Retired Dog Handler Jerry Hill with RPD Copper

Retired Dog Handler Jerry Hill with RPD Copper

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Happy Birthday to The Essex Lottery! Launched by Essex County Council in November 2017 to support good causes across Essex, this month celebrates its two-year anniversary

Thanks to all those who buy an Essex Lottery ticket each week, Essex County Council has so far donated over £135,000 to good causes across the county - providing vital extra funds to make a truly positive impact in local communities.

Linda Belgrove, Founder of Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund (ERPDF) which provides essential financial assistance for the vet fees to the owners of police dogs that have been retired, said: "Knowing we can rely on the support of local people through the Lottery each month is invaluable. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who buys a ticket for helping us to make sure that these exceptional dogs, who protected the people of Essex during their loyal service, can enjoy a happy & healthy retirement."

A recent 'revamp' has given the Essex Lottery a boost - with a new prize structure now enabling more chances to win bigger prizes. Players can win free tickets, £25, £250, £2,000 and £25,000 - if their numbers match the winning combination. Last Christmas, one lucky Essex resident scooped the £25,000 jackpot and this summer £2,000 was won in Basildon!

Jerry and CopperJerry and Copper

When you sign up to play, you not only get the chance to win big cash prizes but also to help fund a good cause close to your heart. There's a huge diversity to choose from, supporting children and young people, animal welfare, arts and education, disadvantaged groups, the elderly and more.

Next Chapter, formerly the Colchester and Tendring Women's Refuge, offers women and children affected by domestic abuse a safe haven and a second chance. CEO Beverley Jones said: "Thanks to everyone who buys a ticket in our name, we are able to do things like offer a counselling session to a woman who has survived domestic abuse or buy a school uniform and toys for a child who has had to leave everything behind."

Witham Town Luncheon Club offers older people in the community a hot meal and a warm, welcoming space to socialise. Head Cook, Karen Dillane, said: "The Essex Lottery makes a considerable contribution to the amount we need to raise each year to continue to offer this lifeline to vulnerable older people in Witham and we're all extremely grateful for the support of everyone who chooses to play on our behalf."

Karen Dillane of Witham Town Luncheon ClubKaren Dillane of Witham Town Luncheon Club

"Our mission is to see the Lottery grow and prosper and for that we'd love to attract even more players - as well as good causes," said Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council: "Improving the prize fund structure to offer more chances to win does just that - plus we continue to guarantee that 60p from every £1 ticket bought is donated to good causes. Overall, that's more than double going to good causes compared to the National Lottery!"

The Essex Lottery is also proud to support The Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society (EHPPS) based in Basildon. EHPPS responds to calls from members of the public on an almost daily basis and relies on donations to help protect horses like Mickey Blue Eyes who was found collapsed in a field suffering from hypothermia and malnutrition.

Leigh Perry, Sanctuary Manager (pictured with Mickey Blue Eyes) said: "The Essex Lottery was such an easy thing to get involved with and has been a great source of income for us. It allows us to concentrate on what's most important - the welfare of the horses and ponies in our care!"

Leigh and Mickey - Essex Horse and Pony Protection SocietyLeigh and Mickey - Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society

Why not sign up now? Choose the charity you'd like to support and be in with a chance to win a cash boost in time for the festive season. To find out more visit: www.essexlottery.co.uk or call the Essex Lottery support team on 0300 302 32 32.

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