What is a charity lottery?


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A charity lottery (Society Lottery) is a fun way to donate money to a great cause with the added bonus of having the chance to win a cash prize each week. A proportion of your entry each week is passed straight to the charity, with the rest funding the running of the lottery and its prizes.

The Age UK Weekly Lottery costs just £1 per week to enter and 54p* of that goes towards supporting Age UK’s charity work. This is more than major lotteries such as The National Lottery, and other non charity-run lotteries, donate to charitable causes.

The rest of the money funds the 1,000 weekly prizes, 5,000 quarterly Superdraw prizes, and the running of the lottery itself. The Age UK Weekly Lottery appreciates the enormous generosity of its players by rewarding them with 1,000 guaranteed prizes every single week. What’s more, there are no rollovers in our charity lottery! That means that every week one of our players wins a very respectable £2,000, and 999 players win between £10-£250 in runner-up prizes.

How the Lottery helps Age UK

Since 2005, over £51 million** has been raised for Age UK through its charity lottery, making a significant difference to the help and support available for vulnerable older people in the UK.

Age UK work tirelessly to tackle loneliness, help and support communities, conduct vital research, and much more. By playing our charity lottery you enable Age UK to support people in later life throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for many years to come.

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*Based on 2019 Gambling Commission Lottery Submissions
**Source: Age UK January 2005 – November 2019