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The public decides how to distribute £3.000.000 of lottery funding

Whenever you play the lottery, you aren’t just exposing yourself to the possibility of becoming a millionaire – you’re also helping amazing community projects to flourish. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a chance to choose where that money goes and pick a good cause you feel the most passionate about? Well, there’s a way – the Big Lottery Fund has set aside £3.000.000 of National Lottery funding and it’s up to the public to decide how they’ll be distributed.

For the last eleven years, the public has had a say in awarding more than £33.000.000 to 675 organisations across the UK through the public voting known by the name The People's Projects. It represents a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, the organization in charge of distributing National Lottery funding to communities and charitable projects, the ITV network and the National Lottery itself.

95 organizations from 19 regions are shortlisted this year – the three projects with the most votes in each region will receive grants of up to £50.000. Runner-ups won’t go home empty-handed either, since they’ll be offered a discretionary award of up to £5.000. If you’re from the UK and want to help some of these organizations in their endeavour to improve the lives of people in their communities, visit The People's Projects official website and cast your vote until Sunday.

National Lottery raises around £34.000.000 for good causes on a weekly basis and The People's Projects is just one of the ways they give back to the local community. 22.500 grants were given out across the UK last year alone; providing a vital boost to local arts, sports and heritage projects.

Some jackpot winners decide to help out those in need by starting charitable trusts of their own – you could do the same after scooping a fantastic €55.500.000 SuperEnaLotto jackpot!