18 March 2019
More than £2.1 million raised from the Channel Islands Lottery in 2018 is to be distributed to good causes in Jersey – an increase of a third compared to 2017.
The amount available for distribution from the Lottery’s 2018 profits has risen by £746,429 to £2,145,526. The increase has been driven by a number of factors in particular by reducing the costs of operating the Lottery.
Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture Assistant Minister Deputy Montfort Tadier, who has delegated responsibility for the Channel Islands Lottery, said: “This is very positive news. We are now in a position to extend the distribution of those funds in order to increase the public benefit and widen the number of potential beneficiaries of Lottery funding.”
Last year, the Channel Islands Lottery’s 2017 proceeds were shared between 41 Jersey organisations ranging from arts to community groups. In order to increase the public benefit from the Lottery, EDTSC is now taking action to widen the number of organisations which could potentially receive funding from it. An expression of interest exercise will be launched shortly to find partners who are able to distribute the proceeds among a wider number of organisations.
Deputy Chief Minister and EDTSC Minister Senator Lyndon Farnham said: “We have worked hard behind the scenes for a number of years to optimise the performance of the Channel Islands Lottery. I would like to thank all those who have supported the Lottery in achieving these outstanding results and I look forward to seeing the impact these increased funds will have on a broader range of good causes across our community.”
Once distributors are selected, legislation will be taken to the States of Jersey proposing the allocation of the Jersey proceeds from the Channel Islands Lottery in 2018. According to the Regulation 4(5) of the Gambling (Channel Islands Lottery) (Jersey) Regulations 1975, profits raised from the lottery must be used for purposes of public benefit.