The Health Lottery
The Health Lottery sold its first ticket in September 2011 and every ticket sold raises money to support local health causes in England, Scotland and Wales. The Health Lottery raises money on behalf of 12 local community interest companies which tackle deprivation and health inequality by supporting charities in their local area. More than half a million people have benefitted from the thousands of projects funded through The Health Lottery scheme. Grants allocated by The People’s Health Trust have supported charities like Carers Trust, The Conservation Volunteers, Royal Voluntary Service, Dementia UK, Mencap, The Youth Sports Trust, Children’s Food Trust and many, many other grass root projects.
Every month a different community interest company benefits from lottery sales for all draws in that month. This rotation system ensures that every region gets a share of the sales. The money raised is then donated to support health-related good causes within their respective local areas. There are 5 draws a week (Tues – Sat) each with a minimum jackpot of £25,000. For every £1 line purchased for any weekly draw, players also receive one entry into that month’s Mega Raffle draw for a guaranteed prize of £250,000.
Health Lottery Celebrates Helping to Raise £100 Million
At the end of 2018, The Health Lottery celebrated a huge milestone, having reached £100 million raised for good causes. To mark the occasion Simon Cowell, Richard Desmond, and journalist and LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari hosted a Health Lottery champagne tea for charities and volunteers at The Savoy hotel.
As well as Simon Cowell, the event was attended by a host of charities and projects from England, Scotland and Wales. The TV star met people helped by charities that are funded through The Health Lottery and heard about the work being done to support some of the hardest-hit communities in Great Britain.
Simon Cowell said: “I am involved with lots of charities but rarely do I meet people who actually benefit so it’s great to be here today. The fact that The Health Lottery has hit a £100 million target is sensational.”
Richard Desmond, Chairman of Northern & Shell, said: “Helping to raise £100 million is a major milestone for The Health Lottery. It is a pipeline of money for thousands of communities. I’ve always been totally confident that The Health Lottery would go from strength to strength. I have always believed that we would help to raise money that would be a lifeline for communities up and down the country. Today that dream has become a reality.”
12 local society lotteries
The Health Lottery scheme manages 12 society lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain