Life saving East Anglian Air Ambulance celebrates lottery milestone.

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The East Anglian Air Ambulance charity lottery, set up 10 years ago, has welcomed its 50,000th player.

The charity has to raise £6 million a year to fly its two helicopters.

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.

“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.

Three quarters of the £1 play goes directly towards the running of the charity and means that those who play really do make a difference when it comes to helping those in need. The remaining 25% is spent on prizes and administration costs.

More players are always welcomed. To sign up download an application form at www.eaaa.org.uk or call the lottery team on 01603 489400.