St Giles Hospice is saying a big thank you to loyal lottery players through the years as it celebrates 22 years since the weekly lottery was launched.

The first lottery draw was made on Friday, 28th February 1997 and in the 22 years since then the hospice has never missed a weekly draw, raising more than £18m in profits, which goes directly to support the work of the hospice.

Now St Giles is hoping to mark the 22nd anniversary by signing up an extra 2,019 players in 2019 to join the 32,000 regular players who currently take part every week.

St Giles Hospice Lottery Manager Alison Jerram said: “We’ve had phenomenal support from our local community through the years and St Giles would like to thank every single one of our lottery players for the amazing support they have given us.

“All profits from the St Giles Lottery are ploughed back into funding our vital work supporting local people and their families living with a potentially-incurable illness. The lottery helps to fund one in 10 of our patients in the local community.

“Over the last 22 years we’ve held 1,148 lottery draws and had the joy of contacting 218,766 lucky prize winners. This year we’d like to sign up 2,019 new regular players to join them and help us raise even more money to support St Giles services.”

For just £1 players are in with the chance of winning a £1,000 weekly jackpot, and regular players receive an exclusive St Giles St Giles Promise Card, which entitles them to special savings at more than 150 shops and outlets across the region, helping to support the local businesses who in turn support St Giles.

While the price has stayed the same at £1, the prizes have been brought up to date with the introduction of a £20,000 rollover jackpot in 2017 to celebrate the lottery’s 20th year and the sale of one-off tickets, helping to raise even more money for the hospice.

Alison added: “There are lots of different lotteries out there but many of our players sign up as an easy and fun way of supporting St Giles every week. They don’t sign up with the intention or expectation of winning anything – which makes it doubly delightful when we call them up to give them the good news. Many of our winners donate part of their winnings straight back to St Giles!”

For more information about the St Giles Hospice lottery, please visit www.stgileshospice.com/lottery