You may have a few more questions in mind before you choose to sign up to the Local Hospice Lottery. Below are answers to just some of the most common questions we’ve had about supporting Jessie May through the Lottery.

1. How much does it cost to join the Local Hospice Lottery?

Entry into the Local Hospice Lottery draw costs just £1 per chance, per week. This can be paid by direct debit, from as little as £4.34 every month. Note: Because some months contain five weeks, an additional £1 per game number is added to the first monthly direct debit payment, to prevent players from not having enough credit in these instances and missing a draw. People can also choose to pay quarterly, half yearly or annually if they prefer, and have more than one weekly game number if they wish.

2. Who can play?

Anyone, providing they are aged 16 years or older, can join the Local Hospice Lottery in support of Jessie May, no matter where they live. This also includes staff members and volunteers of the Hospice.

3. How do I join?

People can join online (, by calling Freephone 0800 316 0645, plus our fundraising staff will have some printed leaflets containing sign-up forms to the Lottery. We also have a team of paid and authorised face-to-face fundraisers who work locally (door-to-door and at venues) and offer people the opportunity to sign up safely and securely via a tablet. Pictures of these fundraisers can be viewed on the Local Hospice Lottery website under the ‘Meet our Paid Fundraisers’ section.

4. Can I choose my own game number(s)?

Unfortunately, no. The lottery software randomly generates each player’s unique 6-digit game number (or numbers, if more than one weekly chance is taken) as part of the process of entering the new player’s details onto the lottery software. A welcome pack, advising players of their game number(s), how the Lottery works, and further details on the Jessie May and Local Hospice Lottery partnership, is posted within a few days of joining.

5. How does the game work?

The draw is run weekly, every Friday (except for Bank Holidays, when the draw will take place on the Thursday before). The lottery software randomly selects the winning game numbers out of all the numbers which are in credit and subsequently entered into the draw for that week. Prize letters are generated as part of the draw process and are posted out automatically to winners, with prize cheques attached. There is no need, therefore, for players to check their number(s) or claim their prizes.

6. What is the Prize Fund?

The total prize fund is £4,600 every week, as follows –

  • £2,000
  • £1,000 Rollover Prize which can reach as high as £25,000!*
  • £100
  • 150 x £10 consolation prize

Local Hospice Lottery also adds an additional £10,000 prize twice a year – in the last draws of March and September – making these weekly draws ‘Super Draws’. As long as a player is in credit they will automatically be entered into the Super Draws. *For these two Super Draws, the £1,000 prize remains as £1,000 and any existing rollover is carried over to the following week. Some selected players may also receive a mailing around 6 weeks prior to the Super Draws, offering them the chance to buy additional entries and increase their chance of winning. These mailings generate additional income for the Hospice, but players can easily opt out of receiving them by simply contacting Local Hospice Lottery to let them know.

Overall, that adds up to annual prize fund of just under £260,000, with as many as 7,900 winners every year.

7. What are my chances of winning?

Your chances of winning the £2,000 prize are approximately three times better than your chance of winning a prize of similar value in the National Lottery’s Lotto Draw.

8. How do I know if I’ve won?

Winners’ cheques are posted out automatically, so there is no need to check and claim prizes. However, the weekly results can always be checked on the Local Hospice Lottery website ( or on Facebook and Twitter.

9. How much of my money helps to fund the work of the Hospice?

For each £1 entry in the weekly draw, Local Hospice Lottery gives an average of 60p to hospice care. Jessie May is one of a number of hospices throughout Great Britain supported by the local Local Hospice Lottery. Local Hospice Lottery will give between 50% and 80% of profits from individuals playing in support of Jessie May to Jessie May itself. This is expected to be at least £250,000 over five years from February 2019. The more people that play – the more the Hospice will receive!

As a comparison, the National Lottery gives 24% of proceeds to good causes, the People’s Postcode Lottery gives 32%, and the Health Lottery gives just over 20%.

10. Why has Jessie May decided not to run its own lottery?

We considered various options when deciding upon how to develop an income stream from a weekly lottery. After all due consideration, Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home felt that joining the Local Hospice Lottery was the best option for the Hospice, and for its supporters.

Working in collaboration with Local Hospice Lottery and its established weekly lottery draw involves just one set of running costs, which allows for both a better prize fund for players (the largest of any hospice lottery in fact), and more money to be generated in support of hospice care through saving vast amounts of costs.

11. Will my weekly £1’s really make a difference?

Absolutely! As players commit to a regular stake in the weekly draw, so comes the advantage of developing a secure form of regular income, which helps the participating Hospices, including Jessie May, to plan the continuing development of our services with some confidence – and yet it is also an easy, fun and affordable way for people to support the Charity on a regular basis.

Every £1 entry in support of Jessie May will directly benefit children’s hospice care in the local area.

12. What is the minimum age a player must be to join the Lottery?

It is a condition of the license with the Gambling Commission that all players must be aged 16 and over. All promotional and other lottery materials clearly state this and a space for the applicant’s date of birth is incorporated on the sign up forms for further verification. The on-line entry to pay by direct debit requires players to verify they are 16 or over.

13. Are Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home supporters entered into one overall weekly draw along with all other participating Hospice’s supporters, or do they have their own draw and prize fund?

Local Hospice Lottery operates as one weekly prize draw with members entering from across Great Britain in specific support of their chosen local hospice. By sharing a prize fund, administration and management costs, Local Hospice Lottery is able to offer both a larger prize fund and yet still donate more money to support hospice care.

14. Is the Lottery registered and does it comply with relevant legislation?

Local Hospice Lottery Ltd is licensed by the Gambling Commission under the Gambling Act 2005. Local Hospice Lottery Ltd submits monthly Submissions to the Commission; an annual Regulatory Return; and commissions an annual external security audit, the outcomes of which are forwarded to the Commission – all in compliance with the terms of the licenses held with the Commission. Local Hospice Lottery Ltd is also a member of the Hospice Lotteries Association and the Lotteries Council, both of whom make a contribution on behalf of their members to Gamble Aware, to assist them in the research into, and support for those experiencing, problem gambling. Local Hospice Lottery is also registered with the Fundraising Regulator.