Why does NRAS have a lottery?

We have a Lottery to raise vital funds so that we can continue our work to support people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

How does the lottery work?

You will receive a 6-digit lottery number when you enter. And every Friday 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, there is no need to claim.

How can NRAS offer these prizes?

The prizes for our Weekly Lottery are covered by the Unity prize pot. Different charities run their lottery with Unity, and all of our supporters contribute to the prize pot by entering. Everyone has an equal chance of winning. That’s why we can offer a £25,000 jackpot and smaller prizes.

How old must I be to enter?

You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the NRAS Lottery.

Can I choose my own game numbers?

When you enter the lottery, you will be sent a unique 6-digit number. This number will be chosen at random and will be your number for as long as you play our lottery.

How much of each £1 played goes towards supporting people with RA and JIA?

When you play our Lottery, at least 50% of our total lottery proceeds are spent on supporting those living with RA and JIA, 18% on prizes and 32% on lottery administration.

Lottery proceeds help fund vital information and support for those newly diagnosed and living with these conditions.

Can I support NRAS in other ways?

Yes, as well as playing the weekly NRAS Lottery there are lots of ways that you can get involved with NRAS including:

  • Sharing your story
  • Volunteer to support others living with RA and JIA
  • Take on a challenge and raise vital funds
  • Become a Member of NRAS (and receive regular updates)

You can visit our website here to find out more information on how to get involved.

Or you can call the NRAS fundraising team on 01628 823 524 (option 2) or email us on fundraising@nras.org.uk.

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

Each chance in the lottery cost £4.34 a month. This is based on you paying £1 a week over a 52-week year.

Your Direct debit will be collected monthly. Some months will have five weeks and some months will have four. The additional £0.34p will build up credit to cover the months where there are five weeks.

What payment methods can you accept?

Players can sign up and play the lottery by Direct Debit, Debit Card or by cheque. We cannot accept Credit Card payments.

How will I know if I'm in the draw?

Within 21 days of signing up you will receive a letter of confirmation which includes your unique lottery number(s). You will also be given the date you will first be included in the draw.

How will I know if I've won?

The draw takes place every Friday. Once it has taken place, winners are notified by post or email, and all the winning numbers are published on our website, here.

If you match 4 digits or more, you will be sent your winnings automatically, either directly into your bank (if playing by Direct Debit), or via a cheque sent in the post.

If you match 3 digits you will be sent an email to confirm your win and your temporary 5 prize entry lottery numbers for the following week's draw.

How can I get support and information about RA and JIA?

We are here to support you whenever you need us. Our website has a wealth of information, see www.nras.org.uk.

Our helpline is available every weekday (except bank holidays) between 9.30 am – 4.30 pm, please call 0800 298 7650.

We can also connect you with someone else living with RA through our Here For You service, find more information here.

Our online community offers another great way to get support – visit https://healthunlocked.com/nras

I think I have a problem with gambling – how can I get help?

If you are concerned about your gambling, we recommend contacting the BeGambleAware helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visiting their website at: www.begambleaware.org.

I have another question – how can I get in touch?

If you have another question about the lottery, please get in touch via the contact page here or call the Lottery hotline on 0370 050 9240.

If you have a question about RA, JIA or the work NRAS does, you can get in touch at fundraising@nras.org.uk or call 01628 823 524 (option 2).

We look forward to hearing from you.


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