Residents in Edlington are hoping their number comes up as they bid to raise vital funds for their historic village church.
St Helen’s Church - which dates from the 12th century - needs between £5-7,000 to cover the cost of urgent roof repairs.
Villagers have come up with the idea of a community lottery which they hope will be a success. The lottery was first thought of by Liz Rivers who lives in Edlington and is determined to see the repairs go ahead.
She said: “We knew the roof needed attention but I think we were all shocked when we discovered the amount - and cost - of the work involved.
“Between five and seven thousand pounds is a lot of money to find but the church is very popular and we want to do what we can.”
Because of various regulations, people have to sign up to the lottery for a 12 month period, rather than buy tickets on a weekly or monthly basis.
Already, enough residents have come forward to raise £750 with half the money going towards the repairs and the rest in prizemoney.
It is thought other fundraising ideas could be in the pipeline as parishioners look to raise additional funds.
St Helen’s is renowned as one of the prettiest and most historic churches in the county. It is a grade two listed and was originally constructed in the 12th century. Evidence of Roman activity has been discovered close by.
It was rebuilt by James Foster, of Louth, in 1859 although the Norman tower arch and early English font survive from the earlier period.
There are unconfirmed reports Oliver Cromwell and some of his troops were billeted in the church after the Battle of Winceby.