Telephone voting for lottery comp opened today. Call and cycling could win

Turn 10p into £50m

Four schemes are in the running for a winner-takes-all £50m lottery payout. The 79 projects that make up the Sustrans’ Connect2 bid are in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The other three schemes – Eden Project, Black Country redevelopment and Sherwood Forest – are all English and localised.

Voting has been taking place on the People’s Millions website but at 9am this morning telephone voting opened. The voting is tied in to an ITV series that has aired all this week after the 10 o’clock News.

Voting is restricted to one vote per phone number, so switchboard numbers will only count once. Even if hundreds of people vote from extensions through one switchboard, it will only count as one vote.

The maximum call charge from a BT landline is 10p, calls from mobiles and other operators may be higher. No profits are made by ITV or Big Lottery Fund from the calls.

The number to call to lodge a vote for Sustrans is 0870 24 24 602.

All voting closes at 12 noon on Monday, with the winner announced on the Ten O’Clock News on Wednesday.

A statement from Sustrans said: "We really do need every vote because we are up against strong competition and advertising by some competitors. Please do pass on the phone and online voting details to everyone you know."

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