Wales is to have its own weekly, televised lottery, which could benefit community causes in Carmarthenshire.

Tickets for the new all-Wales society lottery go on sale on Monday, April 10 and the first draw will take place on Friday, April 28.

Loteri Cymru has a guaranteed jackpot of £25,000 - the maximum the lottery can offer under society lottery rules - with a minimum of 20 per cent of proceeds being channelled to grassroots community causes across the country.

The 'loto' jackpot winners will need to match five of 39 drawn numbers and other prizes will also be on offer for matching fewer numbers. Tickets are priced at just £1 and players will have a better than one in nine chance of winning a prize – better than the National Lottery Lotto.

Every ticket – unless it has scooped the jackpot – will also be entered into loto+, a free monthly raffle offering 10 guaranteed £1000 prizes. The first loto+ draw will also take place on April 28.

Tickets can be bought online only by anyone aged 16 or over at from 00:01 on Monday, April 10, with the weekly loto draw to be broadcast on S4C at 8pm every Friday from April 28.

Operator Loteri Cymru is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) chaired by WRU Chairman and former Wales rugby international, Gareth Davies. Its chief executive, Sue Carter, was previously a director at Yahoo!, and is a former BBC journalist, producer and editor.

A charitable arm, Hanfod Cymru, has been established to distribute a minimum of 20 per cent of the proceeds from Loteri Cymru ticket sales to good causes. Hanfod is chaired by Mrs Deris Williams and its interim CEO is Marc Phillips, who was formerly Head of Policy at BBC Children in Need.

Local charities all over Wales will be invited to apply for support for community projects with educational, social and cultural benefits. Further details on the charitable arm are to to be announced in the coming days.

S4C is Loteri Cymru’s exclusive broadcast partner, with the rights to broadcast each draw on its TV and online channels, and to all programming around the good causes.

Loteri Cymru Chair, Gareth Davies, explained that Loteri Cymru will add to the amount of money raised in Wales for good causes while offering an attractive jackpot and affordable ticket price.

“We are launching Loteri Cymru to create a win-win for the people and communities of Wales, where individuals can afford to try their luck at winning a life-enhancing jackpot and their local communities benefit, too,” he said.

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