Bosses at a Preston rugby club are backing The National Lottery after funding from the charity enabled them to erect new floodlights.
Funding from the Lotto - which went up to £2 on Saturday for the first time in its 19 year history - has meant many Lancashire groups have received thousands of pounds in funding.
Richard Ellis, General Manager at Preston Grasshoppers, which has received £50,000 of Lottery Funding to improve sporting facilities, added that without people playing the National Lottery the facilities would not be as they are today.
He said: “This funding has been used to provide new flood-lighting which has enabled matches and training to take place in the evenings and winter months – this is massively important to the club.”
In total, Lancashire has received £316,196,854 in funds from the National Lottery.
Preston alone has received Preston 877 grants with a total value of £98,162,935 while other Chorley has had 665 grants with a total value of £27,657,936, South Ribble has had 362 grants with a total value of £12,929,778, Lancaster has 845 grants with a total value of £40,948,375 and the Ribble Valley has had 0347 grants with a total value of £9,136,688
A National Lottery spokesperson added: “The iconic balls have been part of British life since 1994 and it’s great to see them at Preston Grasshoppers where we have been able to help to improve the sport facilities.
“Each week, National Lottery players raise £35 million for Good Causes.”
* £30 billion has been raised for the Good Causes in the last 18 years – currently around £35 million is raised each and every week – benefitting more than 400,000 projects across the UK
* 30 is the average number of millionaires The National Lottery made each month last year
* Over 3,400 millionaires have been created by The National Lottery since its launch in 1994