Have you ever heard of the footballclub of Eenrum? If this is not the case, you should definitely pay a visit to this place in Groningen right now. Currently you can participate in the lottery of VV Eenrum to compete for some amazing prices. You can win a villa, car or holiday cheque worth 150.000 euros! How to you participate in this unique lottery?
Renovation is necessary
If you visit the soccer complex of football club VV Eenrum, you’ll notice that it absolutely needs a renovation. New goalposts are necessary, as well as an artificial lawn to play football matches. Some parts of the complex are already broken. For example, the drainage beneath the training field is currently broken. No one can work in the complex when it’s raining. So It needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Co-initiator of the lottery Hans Oorebook thinks the water problems at the complex are terrible. To the press he commented that these kind of problems ‘shouldn’t happen at a local club’. Football is a team sport that everyone should enjoy.
A special year for VV Eenrum
The unique lottery is organized in a special year. VV Eenrum celebrates its 100th birthday this year and has become the champion of this year! The succesfull club is now promoted to the fourth football league. There is more good news, because the women’s team will take part in the cup final of the Northern district soon. There is another reason to organize the lottery as well: the football club wants to show that Eenrum is more than just a place plagued by earthquakes. Oorebeek says that it’s ‘real fun’ over there!
Lottery with special prices
VV Eenrum is doing well, and now its complex has to follow. In the near future, the board of VV Eenrum wants to establish a new and energy neutral complex with an interactive football wall. This is easier said than to be done. Of course a lot of money is needed to finance the renovation. This is why the management of the club decided to organize a lottery with a big main prize and a great second and third prize as well. By doing this, the football club will make a lot of people happy. Who doesn’t want to win a house, car or vacation?
How does the lottery work?
VV Eenrum is not the first football club to organize a lottery. It follows into the footsteps of another club called Ouwe Syl. They just had one main prize and no other prizes though. Co-initiator Hans Oorebeek explains how the lottery of VV Eenrum works. A lottery ticket costs 98 euros. To finance the renovations about 6000 lottery tickets need to be sold. Only then the house, car and vacation cheque can be sold. And according to lottery rules, 50 percent of the total revenue must be donated to charities.
In October the club will announce if the lottery continues. First, thousands of tickets have to be sold. It looks promising, because the club is on scheme. Currently about a thousand lottery tickets have been sold. Don’t worry about your money if the lottery is cancelled in October though. Everyone who has bought a ticket will get back his or her money. Oorebook says that this is definitely not their goal!
Lotteries and the rules of the Gambling Authority
Lotteries are strictly regulated and controlled by the Gambling Authority. Lotteries of football clubs are completely legal, a member of the Gambling Authority says. Gulay Cankaya explains that VV Eenrum organizes a so-called ‘incidental lottery’. Once a year people are allowed to raise money for their club by organizing a lottery. However, there are strict conditions when you want to organize such a lottery. For example, a football club needs to apply for a permit. VV Eenrum has already applied successfully, which can be seen at the website of the Gambling Authority. If the amount raised exceeds 449 euros, a gambling tax needs to paid. This is 31 percent of the total revenue of the lottery and is part of the tax return.
How much money is needed to fund the prizes?
The club has to meet even more requirements. After the deduction of costs about 50 percent of the unused amount of money must be donated to charities. A calculation makes clear how much money has to be raised to pay a house, and that is a lot. If a house costs about 150.000 euros, at the club must raise at least 300.000 euros. Only in that case there’s enough money available for the house and charities. More money would be helpful for the club. Cankaya says that the club also has to pay for organization costs, as well as the gambling tax. So there’s still a long way to go before the lottery becomes reality!