It’s a new year, and with that comes the desire to do more, be more. Maybe you set goals to lose weight, be more active, read more, or maybe your goal is a bit more altruistic? If your ambition for the new year is to do more for your community, then you have limitless possibilities. If you’re busy with work and family life, you may worry that you are a bit short on time.
Everyone knows that volunteering on the front lines is one of the most active ways to help out around the community, but not everyone has the time to do so. Often another option for those with limited time budgets is to make a donation whether of money or goods, but again, this isn’t always feasible for everyone. There is another way though: you could play a local charity lottery!
You Can Play What?!
A local charity lottery is exactly what it sounds like. It is a lottery drawing that is designed to raise funds, awareness, and interest for a particular charitable cause. Rather than just doing a big campaign drawing that raises money only when it is active, a lottery allows the charity to continually raise funds year-round. It is a fun way to get the community involved in fundraising. A lottery also gains interest from individuals that may not normally donate, but when offered the possibility of winning a prize, are encouraged to take a chance.
How Do You Choose?
So how do you choose which charity lottery you want to play and support? That depends on you. Find a cause or charity that rings true to you. It is also important to find one that is offered in your area. There are many to choose from, but they aren’t all available everywhere, whether due to regulatory issues or due to focusing only on their own local community.
One of the most important things to keep in mind though is to make sure that the lottery in question is legitimate. Unfortunately, there are quite a few sites that are out to scam people out of their hard-earned cash so verify both the lottery and the charity it supports. You will want to ensure that whatever you play is endorsed by your local gambling commission and follows the rules and regulations established by law.
One of the best things about donating via a lottery, you can choose how often you want to play. Some will even offer the option of setting up a direct debit withdrawal so you can participate in each draw, thus making a small, regular contribution.
There is also the added bonus of potentially winning big, just from a small donation. From there it’s up to you whether to donate all or some of that money to charity, or to use it for yourself and your family. Not only can you feel good about having a little gambling fun, but you can also support a great cause and rest easy knowing that you are doing your part to help your community. Now that you know a bit more about what a charity lottery is and how to choose one, are you ready to play?