Channel Islands lottery jackpot passes 2012 total

Channel Islands Christmas Lottery 2013 tickets
Image caption The record jackpot for the Christmas lottery, which is based on tickets sales, was £751,500 in 2011

The jackpot in the 2013 Channel Islands Christmas Lottery has passed the 2012 total with three weeks to go until the draw.

The current top prize is £695,000 but is likely to rise since the total is based on the number of £2 tickets sold.

The final total will not be known until the draw happens on 19 December in Guernsey.

Organisers hope to beat the record first prize of £751,500, won in Jersey in 2011.

The proceeds of the lottery are split between Jersey and Guernsey charities based on the proportion of tickets sales, with the division usually about 60% for Jersey and 40% for Guernsey.

The annual lottery has been running since 1975 and money has been donated to charity since 1986.

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