New Health Lottery launches tomorrow!

by Lynn Connolly

Eamonn Holmes has teamed up with a host of celebrities to celebrate the launch of the new Health Lottery.

The brand new lottery draw – which will be televised – will see a first prize of £100,000. Within a year, the lottery will donate at least £50million to health related good causes across the UK.

The Daily Star states, “It will give cash to a range of causes, from supporting young carers to training specialist nurses, as well as offering that dazzling prize.”

To win the £100,000 jackpot you need to match five numbers from 50, while four other winners will scoop £500 for four numbers and £50 for matching three numbers…

The Health Lottery’s chief executive Martin Hall said, “No prizes are shared. No matter how many people win, everyone will get the advertised prize and there’ll be no rollovers.”

The Health Lottery, which is backed by Northern & Shell, which owns the Daily Star and Channel 5, is guaranteeing 20p from every £1 ticket sold goes to health charities, unlike the National Lottery which gives cash to sport and the arts.

Eamonn will front the 50-second live Saturday night draw on ITV1, during the X Factor, and simultaneously on Channel 5, from October 8.

He said, “It is exciting. It is innovative and yet, like me, it is very, very simple.

“It’s such a great idea, and I am really excited about being part of something that not only makes people smile every week, but also has the ability to change lives in the longer term.

“A huge amount of wonderful work is already undertaken every day in every community to help improve quality of life for the elderly, to give carers a break or funding support to families affected by dementia.

“In these difficult economic times, The Health Lottery will inject a sizable amount of new money into that local network.”

Northern & Shell’s owner Richard Desmond said, “In the current eco- nomic climate it is getting harder and harder to raise money for our local health causes.

“We will be giving money directly to help local health causes.”

And John Hume, chief executive of the People’s Health Trust, an independent charity that will oversee the fund-raising strategy, added, “We will be working directly with communities to identify practical and sustain- able ways in which funding from the Health Lottery can have real impacts on health and wellbeing in communities experiencing signifi- cant disadvantages.”

Tickets will be available from tomorrow at 40,000- retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Lidl, WH Smith and Clinton Cards, will be vendors.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.