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Worsley strikes it lucky with £17m St Ann’s Hospice lottery

Players of a local charity lottery have raised more than £17 million over the past 21 years to help local people with life-limiting illnesses.

The St Ann’s Hospice lottery is celebrating its 21st birthday, and has released a list of the luckiest places in Greater Manchester.

Cheadle came out top with 9,049 winners over the 21 year period, with Worsley second luckiest with 2,484 winners, and Stockport’s Heatons coming third with 2,447 winners.

The lottery, which offers people the chance to win up to £2,000 every week by purchasing a £1 ticket, is drawn every Friday.

More than 37,000 people have won a prize so far.

Trudi Ogden, Lottery Manager, said: “The lottery is one of the most popular ways in which local people support the hospice.

“It’s great that we can give people the chance to win up to £2000 whilst donating to a local cause as well – and as we need to raise more than £16,000 every day to keep the hospice running, these donations really do make a difference.

“Many people set up a direct debit to play each week, and it’s one of the best parts of my job when I get to send them a surprise cheque in the post if they win.

“However, the real winners are our patients and their families who have benefited from the £17million raised since the lottery began, so I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years.”

To celebrate the St Ann’s lottery’s 21st birthday, the hospice will be holding a special birthday draw on Friday 19 February, with 21 winners.

For more information, or to find out how you can play, please visit www.sah.org.uk/lottery or call 0161 498 3642.

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