Frequently asked questions
As with all new and exciting ventures we expect people to have questions about Health Lottery South East and how it reduces health inequalities in Great Britain.
We have compiled a list of the questions that most frequently came up from our initial consumer research, which we hope will address any aspects of The Health Lottery you feel need clarification.
What is The Health Lottery?
The Health Lottery offers a fixed odds, draw-based game. It is promoted by 12 Regional Health Lotteries, each holding society lottery licences issued by the Gambling Commission, spread across England, Wales and Scotland whose prime objective is to raise funds for health related charities and other good causes organisations working in health. Tickets for The Health Lottery can be purchased from over 24,000 Health Lottery retail outlets all over Great Britain or online at www.healthlottery.co.uk.
Monies raised will not go towards NHS funded services but instead will be directed to areas of health inequalities in local communities.
What is a CIC?
A Community Interest Company (CIC) is a limited company with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or social enterprise solely for community benefit, and not for private advantage. This is achieved by a "community interest test" and an "asset lock" which ensures that the CIC's assets and profits are dedicated to those purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the CIC Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role.
Why are there 12 Regional Health Lotteries involved in The Health Lottery?
The Health Lottery is made up of 12 Regional Health Lotteries each representing areas within England, Scotland and Wales and during the course of each year they will operate a lottery or lotteries for the benefit of their local communities. They cover Great Britain in broadly equal numbers of people in each area, with some adjustments for local characteristics.
Each month a different Regional Health Lottery raises money through The Health Lottery scheme. They then donate money to support health related good causes within their respective local areas.
Working together keeps our costs down so we can allocate bigger sums of funding to local health related good causes and also means that, unlike other lotteries, every single part of Great Britain gets a share of the funds raised. This will play an important part in achieving our goal of tackling health inequalities.
How old do I need to be to play The Health Lottery?
If you are playing The Health Lottery online, you need to be 18 or over.
If you are playing The Health Lottery instore, you need to be 16 or over.
It is a criminal offence for any person under 16 to play The Health Lottery. We believe in ensuring our lottery is run in a socially responsible way. We work to protect those who are vulnerable, such as people on low incomes, or who may have a gambling problem, or children under 16. There are a number ways in which we discourage excessive or underage lottery playing.
Each Regional Health Lottery is licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission and has a regulatory obligation to adhere to the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005, Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.
We always comply with the relevant codes of practice and never target vulnerable people or those under 16.
We are firm supporters of GambleAware and GamCare - the UK's leading providers of information and support for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling to help protect players, and offer practical advice to promote happy, responsible play.
Whilst we're committed to ensuring our lottery participants play responsibly, we also encourage you to make sure your gambling is appropriate to your circumstances.
Who or what is People's Health Trust?
People's Health Trust is the registered charity responsible for the distribution of funds raised by the Regional Health Lottery. It is the body in charge of overseeing the grants process; ensuring bids for funds meet agreed criteria for funding and delivering the funds to successful applicants. It operates independently of The Health Lottery and the Regional Health Lotteries. However, it is dependent on the Lottery for funds and has to be subject to some controls by the Regional Health Lotteries, such as in relation to where the funds are spent. The People's Health Trust Board of Trustees is a Board of independent experts who decide on the best way of making the funds work effectively for tackling health inequalities in the community whose lottery raised these funds.
How does 25p of my money get to a health related charity?
When you buy a ticket for The Health Lottery, at least 25 pence of every £1 ticket is donated by the participating Regional Health Lottery to People's Health Trust, the partner charity established to distribute these donations by way of grants to health related good causes in the particular area promoted by that lottery. To find out which causes have been supported in your area, click here.
What type of health-related causes does The Health Lottery support?
Money raised through The Health Lottery supports groups or communities that experience or are likely to experience poorer than average health or wellbeing and shorter than average life expectancy. These are initiatives that are not supported by NHS funding. Examples of projects and charities which may be supported by these funds include holidays for young carers, improving elderly fitness, tackling childhood obesity, healthy eating campaigns, volunteering, preventative measures to combat cancer, coronary heart disease and strokes and many others.
Can I choose which charity my 25 pence goes to?
The grant-making process is determined by our partner charity, People's Health Trust. Local needs and requirements are taken fully into account, and every region in Great Britain will benefit. The entire process is transparent and The Health Lottery players can find out which areas have benefited, and when, through the People's Health Trust website.
How will I know where the 25p charity contribution of my £1 ticket goes?
When you buy a ticket for The Health Lottery at least 25p from every £1 ticket is used to support good causes. The Health Lottery is operated under a single brand but each ticket has the name of the Regional Health Lottery on whose behalf each lottery is promoted. Players can find out which area this Regional Health Lottery relates to here or by obtaining a copy of the Health Lottery Terms & Conditions which lists all the Regional Health Lotteries and the regions they support, and which organisations and good causes have benefited through the People's Health Trust website.
How are the Regional Health Lotteries regulated?
Regional Lotteries have a very specific focus on providing funding where there are health inequalities which are currently not being met by other financial sources. Alongside our partner registered charity, People's Health Trust, we have a very robust process in place which ensures the right organisations get the money.
To ensure that grants do help reduce health inequalities the activities are regulated by the Charity Commission (and by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) and by the Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies. Grants are sometimes made in instalments to ensure all money is being used for the intended purpose. People's Health Trust has follow-up processes to monitor the progress of projects given grants and evaluate the results.
How do I find my local Regional Health Lottery?
Click here and you will find a map of Great Britain which will help you locate the name of which Regional Health Lottery operates in your local area. Then click the name of that Regional Health Lottery in the list next to the map, and you will be taken to the corresponding website.
Can I find out when my local Regional Health Lottery takes place?
All 12 Health CICs, participating in The Health Lottery, take it in turns to promote their Regional Health Lottery in the weekly draw. Visit your local Health Lottery retailer, log onto The Health Lottery website for details of the Regional Health Lottery open in the current month, or call The Health Lottery contact centre on 0844 375 55 55. Calls to The Health Lottery will be charged at 5p per minute from a BT landline. Charges from other service providers will vary.
How can I help support my Regional Health Lotteries causes?
If you wish to comment upon the work which your Regional Health Lottery undertakes, or perhaps suggest new ideas for improving health inequality issues in your area, please contact us by email at the address shown on the "contact" page of this website here.
What is the Gambling Commission?
The Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate gambling in Great Britain in partnership with licensing authorities. It is an independent non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and paid for by the organisations and individuals licensed by them.
They permit gambling and, through effective regulation and public engagement, ensure that crime is kept out of gambling; that gambling is fair and open; and that children and the vulnerable are protected. They license operators and individuals providing gambling services in Great Britain.
Why does the Regional Health Lottery need a licence and for what?
The Gambling Act 2005 requires that all organisations and societies which operate a lottery, must be licensed by The Gambling Commission or a Local Authority. All 12 Regional Health Lotteries operating within The Health Lottery are fully licensed by the Gambling Commission.