A regional lottery which has awarded more than £2 million in cash prizes and raised more than £6 million for local hospices is celebrating its first ever rollover today.
For the first time in its twenty year history, no-one has claimed the One Wish Lottery weekly jackpot, with the prize pot now potentially growing to £10,000.
The One Wish Lottery was set-up in 1998 to raise money for four North East hospices: St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington, Butterwick Hospice in Bishop Auckland, St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham, and St Benedict’s Hospice in Sunderland. Since then, thousands of pounds have been won by local people every week, and more than £6 million has been raised for the four charities.
Usually all prizes are quickly awarded, but organisers were surprised when a recent jackpot prize couldn’t be claimed. The resulting prize pot is now rolling over to future lottery draws, with the pot growing by £200 per week up to a possible fortune of £10,000!
Jane Bradshaw, Chair of One Wish Lottery and CEO of St Teresa’s Hospice said: “The One Wish Lottery has for two decades now made thousands of lucky people very happy, and raised millions to help care for terminally ill people and their loved ones all over the North East.
“Now we’ve had our first rollover we could see the prize pot grow and grow! It’s a very exciting development, both for our four hospices and for all of our players, who know that the money from their ticket is going back into their community to support the work of those charities. A big thank you to everyone who plays the One Wish Lottery, and good luck!”
The One Wish Lottery costs £2 per week to play, with a weekly jackpot of at least £1,000, plus multiple smaller cash prizes. Players can join the lottery by visiting www.onewish.net or calling 01325 288 484.