Recognise this scene? Every week you fork out your pound for a National Lottery ticket. Each week you cross your fingers and mentally spend that jackpot.
And, every week, you rip up your ticket in disgust when, yet again, your numbers fail to come up leaving you wondering why on earth you bother.
Read our Agenda feature on pages eight and nine today and you might have second thoughts.
Because, although you might not have joined the ranks of Lotto millionaires, your weekly £1 will soon be seen to be doing good all over The News circulation area.
Today we are launching The News Cash for Communities in which we have got a quarter of a million pounds to give away to community groups which can prove they deserve it thanks to the noble work they do.
We have joined the National Lottery and its Big Lottery Fund to winkle out those deserving not-for-profit groups and we’ll be giving them a chance to win a grant ranging from £10,000 to a whopping £30,000 – massive amounts for little organisations in these straitened times.
And the great thing is that it is you who will decide who the winners will be. Groups can be nominated by readers via an application form which will appear in the paper.
Then we shall publish a shortlist of the best and readers can vote for the projects they would like to see win the cash.
What kind of schemes might be considered?
It could be a group wanting to run keep-fit classes, or neighbours with a gardening and community-positive bent who want to convert a piece of derelict land into a garden-for-all.
As editor of The News Mark Waldron says today: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for people to think hard about how their community could be improved.
‘The sum of money on offer is amazing and in times like these it is not often clubs and groups can receive so much.’
But, as the old adage goes, you have got to be in it to win it.
So, go on, get nominating and turn that wasted weekly pound into something positive.