Channel Islands Christmas Lottery jackpot reaches record high

Channel Islands Christmas Lottery 2013 tickets
Image caption The lottery proceeds are shared between Guernsey and Jersey based on the proportion of ticket sales

The jackpot for the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery has reached a record high.

The prize, based on ticket sales, has reached £770,000 and could rise further ahead of the draw on 19 December.

The previous record top prize was £751,500, which was won by a Jersey resident in 2011.

The increase in the jackpot follows a change in format for the lottery, with tickets doubling in price to £2 but each having two chances to win.

Profits are shared between the charity associations in Guernsey and Jersey with £190,000 and £400,000 given respectively from the 2012 draw.

The proceeds are split based on the proportion of tickets sales, with the division usually about 60% for Jersey and 40% for Guernsey.

Two unsuccessful attempts have been made to run summer lotteries.

The annual lottery has been running since 1975 and money has been donated to charity since 1986.

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