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Forces Lottery Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about the Forces Lottery - you may find the answer here!

What is The Forces Lottery?

The Forces Lottery is a common brand lottery jointly promoted by Sterling Management Centre and individual society lotteries. Each Lottery operated under The Forces Lottery is a separate licensed lottery, operated by and supporting that particular good cause. It is a way for good causes, like Blesma, to build a lottery by joining together.

Who is behind The Forces Lottery?

The Forces Lottery is administered by Sterling Management Centre who have been lottery administrators for over 30 years. They are a team of 46 experienced staff operating in Cumbria.

Which charities benefit and how much do they receive?

When you join as a player/member of The Forces Lottery through the Blesma website you enter the Blesma society lottery, and so all the proceeds from your entry will go to Blesma, every single week you play. A portion of the money raised covers prizes and administration costs.

Can I have more than one entry?

Yes, you can have as many entries as you'd like. Each £1 entry buys you one 'chance' of winning in our lottery.

Do I chose my own lottery number to play with?

Every entry into the draw is automatically allocated a unique, six-digit number. The odds of winning are fair and equal for every number. Once a number is allocated to a player it cannot be allocated again to another player.

If you would like to change your number please call The Forces Lottery hotline on 0870 050 5891. Not all numbers will be available and you cannot choose a number already allocated.

How do I pay for my entries?

You can either pay by cheque for one-off payments or by Direct Debit for recurring subscription payments.

One-off cheque payments can be made out for 13, 26 or 52 weeks for as many entries per week as you'd like. When you're nearing the end of your pre-paid subscription we'll notify you that it's running out.

Recurring Direct Debit payments can be paid monthly or every 13, 26 or 52 weeks for as many entries per week as you'd like. We'll continue taking payments on the schedule you sign up for and entering you into the weekly draws until you cancel your subscription.

Why is the price £4.34 per month when paying 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 £0.34p is to build up credit to cover the fifth week on the five-week months.

Are my entries eligible for Gift Aid?

Unfortunately, as with any charity fundraising lottery, entries are not eligible for Gift Aid. We can, however, claim Gift Aid on donations. To make a one-off cash donation please click here.