The well supported lotteries are a vital source of income for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, raising over £1 million a year.
The charity estimates that approximately one in ten households in Wiltshire play its lotteries.
Rebecca de la Bedoyere, trusts, legacies and lotteries manager at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to hit such a significant milestone in our lotteries. To reach 40,000 entries per week in a county as sparsely populated as Wiltshire is no small feat.
“This achievement is a testament both to the hard work of the team of lottery canvassers who spread the word come rain or shine and to the generosity and community spirit of the people of Wiltshire.”
The charity’s regular lottery has been operating since 2009 while its Superdraw lottery began in 2014.
It costs £1 a week to play the regular lottery, which has a weekly top prize of £1,000 and four £25 consolation prizes. Players of the regular lottery can also join the Superdraw, which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000, for an additional £1 a week.
Following the cancellation of a number of fundraising events in 2020 due to the ongoing Coronavirus, the lotteries present an easy way for people to still donate to Wiltshire Air Ambulance at a time when the charity really needs the support of the public.
Rebecca added: “By paying £1 or £2 per week each, collectively our 25,700 lottery members are funding around one in every three missions that we carry out and saving countless lives.
“We can’t rest on our laurels though, as the demand for our vital service is still growing. Last year we undertook 1,233 missions, an increase of 12% on 2018. That means using more medication, more equipment and more fuel.
“To meet this demand, we hope that even more people will join our lotteries and help make sure we can be there for critically ill and injured people in the future.”
Richard Reeves, a retired mechanical design engineer of Calne, has played the charity’s regular lottery since it began in 2009 and has won £1,000.
He said: “I didn’t think I would win when I started playing it, but it was a nice little windfall. I will carry on playing the Lottery to do my bit to help Wiltshire Air Ambulance to continue saving lives.”
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