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Press Release: Million Pound Lottery launch 2020

The Jersey Hospice Care 2020 Million Pound Lottery goes online with their #GiveALittleGetALot campaign

Jersey Hospice Care is launching its annual Million Pound Lottery online from Monday 1st June 2020. In a bold move to adapt to the current restrictions imposed by the pandemic and in seeking to make the Million Pound Lottery accessible to as many islanders as possible, Hospice has embraced technology and will start selling the Million Pound Lottery tickets for the first time online at www.mpl.jerseyhospicecare.com

 The Lottery is Hospice’s single biggest annual fundraising event and raises an amazing £800,000 a year to support patient services, while giving £1.3m worth of prizes back to the community.

 Working closely with the Jersey Gambling Commission and in partnership with WebReality, Jersey Post, and CityPay, the team at Hospice have developed a secure platform for islanders who wish to purchase their tickets online. Those who purchased a ticket in 2019 are already pre-age verified and the website integrates YOTI (the Government of Jersey approved digital ID platform) for age verification of all other purchasers. In due course, face to face sales will commence for those who prefer to purchase their tickets in person.

 Once restrictions have been eased and a managed plan is in place, players will still be able to buy their tickets from Hospice volunteers in the usual sale points like de Gruchy. For those purchasing their tickets before midnight on 30 June, their ticket will be automatically entered into the ‘Early Bird’ draw with the chance to win a prize of a £1,000 de Gruchy gift card.

 John Marquis, General Manager at de Gruchy, said: “It’s always our pleasure and privilege to be the key venue in town for the sale of Hospice’s Million Pound Lottery tickets and to be supporting the Lottery with the Early Bird prize again. It’s incredible to see how Hospice has adapted this year to embrace easy to use technology to ensure the Lottery can go ahead. We look forward to continuing to support Hospice by selling tickets in store in due course”.

 In this time of uncertainty, the Lottery is even more important to the charity in 2020 as many of the charity’s fundraising events have been cancelled as a consequence of the pandemic and the restrictions in force. The revenue from the Lottery is vital to ensuring Hospice can continue to provide all of its services, free of charge, to everyone living with dying. It costs £20,200 a day to run these services which range from specialist care on the In Patient Unit through to bereavement and emotional support services for those experiencing the loss of a loved one.

 Emelita Robbins, Chief Executive at Jersey Hospice Care, said: “The Million Pound Lottery is more important than ever in 2020 to Hospice, which is why we have stepped up our game to meet the challenges of this ‘new age’ as best we can through technology. Our brand new #GiveALittleGetALot campaign highlights why people support Hospice through the Lottery each year, and for that we are so very grateful. Some people give something back in recognition of the care a loved one has received; others buy a ticket as their annual donation to the charity; some people choose to invest in Hospice as they know that one day they may need the care we offer; and others buy a ticket simply because they can support Hospice while having fun thinking about how they would spend £1m. Whatever the reason, whether it’s a simple act of generosity or altruism, they all get a lot out of supporting our Hospice personally and in turn it enables us to continue to provide the highest quality palliative care here in Jersey for our local community. It’s one of my favourite fundraisers because it gives back to the community that supports Hospice, the same community we care for.”

 With just 7000 tickets available for £300 each, the odds of winning the £1m prize or one of nine other runners up prizes worth a total of £300,000 is significantly higher than most lotteries. Hospice is also expecting the emergence of new syndicates this year. Instead of office groups, the Zoom, Teams and WhatsApp groups that have emerged as groups of colleagues or friends and family now get together online, are expected to play a big part this year as they create their syndicates digitally in 2020. So, get your keyboards ready for the online ticket launch on Monday 1st June 2020 at 8am. The live draw will take place on Friday 16th October 2020 at the Royal Yacht Hotel from 5.30pm.

 Jersey Hospice Care is very grateful to all its partners who have supported the 2020 Million Pound Lottery: Jersey Gambling Commission, WebReality, YOTI, Jersey Post, Hartmann House Media, De Gruchy, and Alpha Print.