Bigger prizes for service’s useful lottery

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has revamped its popular weekly lottery – with subscribers new and old promised bigger prizes, easier game play and a new syndicate option for workplaces and social groups.

The life-saving charity hopes the changes will attract even more players to its fund-raising initiative. It brings in around £1million a year, roughly a quarter of the air ambulance’s annual running costs.

A £500 top prize is now available every week and the total prize fund has been raised from £1,000 a week to £1,500 a week.

As well as the jackpot, there are ten prizes of £50 and 50 prizes of £10. Entry remains 50p a week per play.

Unlike many other charities, GNAAS runs its lottery in-house, which means 100 per cent of the profits are pumped back into the service. Since it started, the lottery has raised around £10million for the charity.

Mandy Drake, head of fund-raising, said: “For the first time in the lottery’s history we have made changes to the game that we hope will attract even more people to play. This in turn will lead to even more money being raised for the air ambulance.

“The lottery is such a quick, easy and rewarding way of supporting this local cause. Players can sign up knowing that their money is making a life-saving difference in the community, while giving them a chance at winning up to £500 every week.”

The new syndicate option is open to groups of two or more players. Friends, family or colleagues can sign up and play collectively and syndicates can buy any amount of weekly entries for 50p each.

For more information about joining the GNAAS lottery, call 0800 1777035 or visit