PLAYING THE GAME?Mayo footballers Cillian O’Connor, Aidan O’Shea and Keith Higgins are pictured at the launch of the Mayo GAA Players Fund Lotto last week at MacHale Park, Castlebar. Also there were Caoimhe Drumm (front left) and Amy Moore.
Mayo players launch new online lotto game for fans
YOU don’t need to tell the Mayo GAA Board (and long-serving Treasurer, JP Lambe, in particular) that trying to win Connacht Championship titles and that elusive All-Ireland Senior crown is a costly business.
It costs approximately €10,000 a week to train the Mayo senior football team alone, while their recent warm-weather training camp in Portugal took over €40,000 out of the Mayo GAA coffers.
Throw in the county minors, under 21s and junior footballers, plus all the representative hurling teams, and you don’t feel the bills mounting up for travelling expenses, transport, meals, gear, medical expertise, and all the rest.
As a result, coming up with new ways of bringing in extra revenue is something that is always on the minds of the Mayo GAA chiefs and, with the Cairde Maigh Eo Patrons Scheme now ticking over nicely, they are ready to roll out another initiative.
The county’s footballers and hurlers have joined forces with smartlotto.ie (a Belmullet-based company) to launch a new online lotto draw – ‘The Mayo Teams Training & Welfare Lotto’ – beginning this month.
A Mayo GAA spokesman told us last week that the new online lotto scheme is an idea that will be driven by the Mayo players, with all the monies raised going directly towards the training and welfare of all the footballers and hurlers who line out for the county from minor level upwards.
In essence, the plan is that all the funds generated by this Smart Lotto fundraiser won’t be going anywhere near the MacHale Park redevelopment payments or the day-to-day bills that have to be paid by Mayo GAA Inc. This money is to help Mayo win matches and titles.
All Star footballers Cillian O’Connor, Keith Higgins and Aidan O’Shea are three of the main driving forces behind the initiative, and they will be using their significant media and social media profiles to publicise the venture.
Supporters can play by visiting the Mayo GAA official website or by going directly to game.smartlotto.ie, searching for the Mayo GAA Players Fund, and selecting their numbers.
It costs as little as €2 to play with a minimum jackpot of €5,000 to get the ball rolling. The weekly online lotto draw will also give patrons a chance to win ‘house prizes’ like tickets and jerseys as well as the big jackpot prize.
Let’s hope Mayo GAA teams have a long and successful summer — on and off the field!