More than 830 tickets have already been sold for the first Robin Hood Lottery draw, which is due to take place on April 28.
With just under two weeks until the first online draw commences, more than 420 supporters have bought tickets to be in with a chance of winning the £25,000 jackpot.
Mansfield District Council established the lottery to support local causes that deliver a direct benefit to the Mansfield community, with a total of 60p from each £1 ticket going towards charities, voluntary groups and support services in the area.
Executive Mayor Kate Allsop was the first person to buy a ticket, choosing to support the Robin Hood Community Fund so local groups can apply for funding via the council’s aid granting processes.
Mayor Allsop said: “We are delighted with the number of tickets sold and the number of good causes that have signed up to benefit.
“Ticket sales mean more than £26,000 of funding is already guaranteed for our local good causes over the next year.
“It’s not too late to buy a ticket – if you aren’t in, you can’t win!”
Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize, with smaller rewards including free tickets for future draws and cash sums of £25, £250 and £2,000 on offer for those who do not win the £25,000 jackpot.
Participants need to select six numbers when buying their tickets, with each number ranging from zero to nine.
The jackpot can be won by matching all six numbers correctly, with five matches winning £2,000, four correct numbers getting £250 and three matches achieving the £25 reward.
Free tickets for future draws can be obtained by correctly matching two numbers, with three free tickets on offer for each person who gets two correct matches.
Participants can choose how 50p of the 60p is spent, with a total of 48 good causes having already signed up to benefit from this funding.
Among the list of trusts attracting the most attention, and therefore the most funding, are John Eastwood Hospice Trust, SSG Suicide Support Group Mansfield, Nottinghamshire Search and Rescue Team, and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
Causes such as the Emily Harris Foundation, the Ladybrook Community Centre, AFC Mansfield and the Friends of Yeoman Hill Park are also on the list of good causes hoping to benefit from the lottery.
Local trusts who believe they might be suitable for this support can find out more at robinhoodlottery.co.uk, where tickets for the lottery are also available to buy.