Scunthorpe’s Lottery

Many people will remember the lottery booth which was situated near the clock tower in the shopping precinct which sold tickets for Scunthorpe’s official town lottery.

The Scunthorpe lottery booth which stood in the shopping precinct.

The Scunthorpe lottery booth which stood in the shopping precinct.

The aim of the lottery, which started in 1979, was to raise money for the mayor’s appeal fund.

Most of the sales were carried out from the booth in the precinct which was staffed by volunteers who worked on a commission basis, Each lottery ran for between four and six weeks, depending on how long the allocation of 10,000 tickets costing 20p each took to sell. In accordance with the law, 60% of the proceeds had to be given away in prizes.

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The lottey booth near the clock tower

In 1989 new changes were being introduced to the lottery which saw a new ticket containing four bingo games offering prize money ranging from £25 up to £200.

By 1989 over £80,000 had been raised to help local charitable causes which included providing instruments, music an uniforms to youth and senior bands. It also helped with a wide range of sporting activities for able and disabled athletic groups and funded the induction loop in the Linc Theatre to assist the hard of hearing.

The Community Associations also received interest-free loans to undertake various project and the local play groups recieved a mini-bus which could be used for trips and outdoor activities.

The booth did spend a number of years outside W.H. Smiths as this photograph shows.

The booth did spend a number of years outside W.H. Smiths as this photograph shows.

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One thought on “Scunthorpe’s Lottery

  1. I remember buying tickets there but never won anything. The story of my life. Lol. Knowing that the profits went to Scunthorpe Charities help with not winning a thing.

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