Charity welcomes 50,000th lottery player

A life saving local charity lottery has welcomed its 50,000th player, helping its volunteers to reach more people who need their help when and where they need it most.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) began its lottery back in 2002, not long after the charity was formed, and has seen a steady increase in the number of supporters playing the game each week.

Rachel Buxton, EAAA’s Lottery Manager, said: “To reach this number of players in such a short space of time is fantastic. The charity itself has only been running for 12 years and to have this kind of support from the people of East Anglia is incredible.

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“Those who play the lottery provide vital funding for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and it’s thanks to them that we are able to operate our two helicopters which get our life saving crews to the scenes of emergencies, very quickly, every day.

“With our advancement in to night flying the lottery is as important as ever in helping this charity raise the £6million a year it needs to help those who need us in their hour of need. £1 a week really can make a difference to this charity and the people it attends.”

The EAAA lottery costs players £1 per chance and awards 18 prizes each week ranging from £50 to £1,000; there’s also an accumulator prize which could be up to £25,000. Results are drawn every Friday afternoon and lucky winners are then sent their cheques immediately without the need to claim their prize.

More players are always welcomed and if you’d like to sign up you can do so online by downloading the application form at or by calling the lottery team on 01603 489400.