01 October 2018
Tickets for the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery go on sale today (Monday, 1 October) with a bigger prize fund than ever, and with the proceeds set to continue helping good causes.
This year, while the cost of each ticket has risen from £2 to £3, the two-part ticket game has more prizes and a starting prize fund which has increased to £3.3million. The ticket’s first part, the traditional Christmas draw has
- a minimum first prize guaranteed at £500,000 and rising with ticket sales
- a second prize of £50,000
- 5 x £10,000 prizes
- 10 x £5,000 prizes
- 15 x £2,500 prizes
- 25 x £1,000 prizes
- 30 x £500 prizes.
The second part has 288,000 instant scratch prizes with a top prize of £50,000, ten times larger than last year’s.
In Jersey, the draw’s proceeds are distributed on behalf of the States by the Association of Jersey Charities.
Liz Le Poidevin, Chairman of the Association of Jersey Charities, said: “Over the years our association has been privileged to receive the Jersey profits from the lottery. We have given these out as grants, amounting to millions of pounds, to very many local charities and good causes. Without this support some vitally important services and facilities would not be available. These funds have brought significant benefits to the people and island of Jersey.”
Tickets are on sale from today in retailers across the Channel Islands. For the first time, the draw for the 2018 Channel Islands Christmas Lottery will be live on ITV on the evening news from 6.00pm on Thursday, 20 December.
Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Deputy Montfort Tadier, said: “The Channel Island Christmas Lottery has been enjoyed by islanders for generations. As well being a bit of festive fun, with the opportunity to win cash prizes and even strike it rich, the real winners are the numerous excellent local causes to which the proceeds go, in many cases with positive life-changing consequences.”