Frequently asked questions

What is The Brighton & Hove Community Lottery?

The Brighton & Hove Community Lottery is Brighton’s lottery. Creating winners across Brighton and Hove, raising vital funds for Brighton & Hove charities, with special focus on growing our unique and diverse community.

As a player, you have the chance to win up to £25,000 every Friday. It’s just £1 per ticket, and you can sign up to play online. The lottery is a subscription type game, meaning you pay to play every week.

Who’s involved in running the game?

The Brighton & Hove Community Lottery is promoted by Unity Social Group CIC, a Brighton based community interest company committed to growing charitable giving since 2020.

The lottery adjudication and random number generation is managed by Sterling Lotteries, an External Lottery Manager who help over 400 charities across the UK run charity lotteries and raffles, and have been running lotteries for over 30 years.

Which charities benefit when I play?

You can check out Our Charities here.

The game guarantees 100% of all lottery profits after the cost of running the lottery going to these charitable causes.

A minimum of 30p for every £1 entry goes directly to local Brighton charities and community groups. The remaining 18.4% goes towards covering the prize fund and 31.6% on administration costs for the lottery.

How do I play?

You can enter the lottery here.

Soon after signup, you will receive notification including your 6-digit lottery number(s) and every Friday you are in credit you will be entered into our draw. The winning numbers is chosen at random.

You can have up to 20 chances per draw each for a £1, giving you even more chances to win one of our fantastic prizes.

Prizes are issued and posted to the winner directly, so there is no need to claim.

Can I pick my game number?

Every player has a unique number in this game, so for that reason the numbers are allocated randomly.

When you get given your lottery number, it’s yours and it is unique, and it’ll stay with you for as long as you’re a member in the The Brighton & Hove Community Lottery. It will be played in the draw every week that you have credit available in your account.

How do I get my game number or numbers?

Soon after you have joined, your game number(s) will be emailed to you in your welcome email, it’s 6-digits long and the number you’ll play the game with. You’ll also have a membership number in the lottery, which you may be asked to quote when contacting us.

Why is the price £4.34 per month when paying by Direct Debit?

The monthly cost breakdown of £4.34 for playing the lottery is based on paying £1 per week over a 52 week year. Direct debits are only collected once monthly. Sometimes there will be five weeks in a month and the additional £0.34 is to build up credit to cover the fifth week on the five-week months.

Can I choose when to play my credit?

This game is a subscription lottery. You choose how many numbers you want each week, usually one, two or three but could be up to twenty, and that number of entries gets entered into the draw every week automatically. The benefit is that your number never misses a week, as long as you’ve got funds in your account to play.

What's the jackpot?

There is a £25,000 top prize up for grabs every week, as well as smaller prizes of £1,000, £25 and 5 entries into the next draw.

What happens if I win?

If you’ll win, we’ll be in touch with you, so you don’t need to worry about missing out. You don’t need to claim your prize or withdraw it from your lottery account. Depending on how you pay for your lottery entries, we might put the money straight into your bank account or we may send out a cheque. Couldn’t be simpler!

Why is there a minimum payment amount of £13 on cards?

To reduce processing costs and keep the overall running costs low, for the benefit of our charities, we have a minimum payment cap. This guarantees more lottery profit for charity.

© 2020 Unity Social Group CIC - Registered company number: 12549591
The promoter of this Unity Lottery is Unity Social Group CIC, Concorde House, 18 Margaret Street, Brighton, East Sussex, England, BN2 1TS
Registered with Brighton & Hove City Council under licence registration number: 2020/01459/LOTTN
The Brighton Community Lottery is a Unity Lottery operated on behalf of Unity Social Group CIC by Sterling Management Centre Limited which is registered as an external lottery manager by The Gambling Commission.
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