Pompey delight at early take up for new lottery

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Early indications are the Pompey Lottery is a winner, according to organisers of the returning prize draw.

Around 650 people have already signed up for the weekly event since its Victory Lounge unveiling on April 29.

Introduced to help fund the youth set-up at the Blues, those who have so far subscribed will begin paying £2 a week from Monday.

That is ahead of the first draw on Friday, July 4, with a £1,000 weekly rollover the top prize.

The initial take-up has delighted Pompey board member Mick Williams, who has been involved in the creation of what is hoped to become a crucial money-spinner for the club.

The Academy system has notably produced the likes of Jed Wallace, Jack Whatmough, Dan Butler and Adam Webster in recent years.

And Williams is banking on it continuing to flourish with the assistance of the Pompey Lottery.

He said: ‘The lottery is a way to help the club and there are some splendid prizes on offer, most impressive of all the £1,000 rollover.

‘The reaction from supporters towards the lottery has been good, I have yet to see any negative comments, which is obviously reassuring.

‘Hopefully fans can see all profits raised go straight into the youth set-up, no messing.

‘It has been only a month since the launch, so the current take-up figures are pretty good and we anticipate more coming on board once the draws begin.

‘The people running it are highly experienced and have been very successful at other clubs.

‘We believe that can continue here at Pompey.

‘I think it is something that can be really successful for us as a football club and hopefully it can go from strength-to-strength.

‘We will continue urging our fans to get behind this and buy their tickets as it will be the football club and its youth system which will benefit.’

The £1,000 rollover will increase weekly by £250 during the duration of it not being claimed and will not be capped.

In addition, a prize of £250 will be given every week, along with 10 cash awards of £10.

There are also a number of club experiences up for grabs, including the opportunity to spend matches in the company of chairman Iain McInnes in the directors’ lounge and the chance to assist kit man Kevin McCormack on a match day.

There will also be an annual jackpot draw where one of 10 finalists can win a tax-free £12,000.

Engagement manager Micah Hall is also involved in the Pompey Lottery.

He added: ‘The take up has so far been around 650, which we are pleased with.

‘We know the fans will back it because they always back everything we try to do, however it is very important we get that support as it benefits the Academy.

‘When you look at the first team and see Jed Wallace, Jack Whatmough and Adam Webster all playing it demonstrates the future of the club and how we need to continue investing in the youth set-up.

‘We have to keep bringing through the talent and this is the fans’ way of making sure the funding continues.’

For further information on the Pompey lottery visit pompeylottery.co.uk or follow @PompeyLottery on Twitter