Q: What organisations can sign up?
A: Any school operating within the UK can apply. (NB Some exclusions are in place see Terms & Conditions for details)
Q: What information will I need to sign up?
A: We'll need some key pieces of information to get you registered as a school on the Your School Lottery. This will include your organisation's name, key contact and role, address, telephone number and email. We will then need you to confirm your eligibility (see question above).
To pay you your money we’ll need your bank details and you’ll also need to provide a logo for your organisation to include on the marketing materials we’ll create for you. You can provide these at signup but they aren’t required to get you registered. Remember to tell us if any details change.
Q: Do I need a licence to have a lottery page?
A: Yes, you will need to register to have a Small Societies Lottery Licence in order to be on the platform. This is £40 to apply and £20 a year thereafter to renew. Your school or PTA may already have one as it's the same licence needed to run a large raffle. You'll be required to send a return to your local council every two months.
Q: What kind of logo do I need?
A: We can accept logos in most file formats (.png, .jpg, .gif etc.)
Don’t worry if you don’t have one, we’ll set you up with a default logo to start with and you’ll be able to change it and any other details at any time.
Q: What materials do you provide to help me promote my lottery?
A: We provide your school with its own tailored communication materials. These will be professionally prepared PDFs which can be attached to emails that are sent out to your community. Our materials can also be printed and posted around the local area. We also provide you with your own dedicated webpages on the www.yourschoollottery.co.uk website for your supporters to sign up, check results and see how much money is being raised.
Please find a link to some example materials below:
Q: How do winners find out that they've won?
A: Every week, all winners will be advised by email. The winning number will also be published on our website, Facebook and Twitter each week following the draw.
Q: How do we receive our share of ticket sales?
A: Your funds will be transferred directly into your bank account every month.
Q: How do I know how well my fundraising is doing?
A: Every week we send you a newsletter which provides you with all the details. It tells you how many supporters have chosen to direct their support to you, who they are, how many tickets are being sold each week, how much money has been raised etc. There is also a dashboard on the site which will provide real time statistics on your campaign.
Q: Who deals with any questions my supporters have?
Q: Can someone still play if they are not online?
A: Yes. Players can call the dedicated Your School Lottery number – 01865 582828 – to register and set up payments.
Q: What administration do we need to do?
A: The only admin required is the sending of lottery returns back to the council every 2 months to keep you compliant with the Small Societies Lottery Licence you should hold. We populate the forms with the breakdown but you'll need to sign and send this back to the council.
Q: If my school gets 40p per entry, where does the other 60p go?
A: The 60p gets divided into two. 36p is used to support the prizes and the remaining 24p is used to administer the lottery itself.
Q: My good cause is now live. What do I do next?
A: We have lots of tips to help you to start raising funds with Your School Lottery on our getting started page.
Q: Can supporters use Gift Aid on the ticket price?
A: Unfortunately you cannot claim Gift Aid on lottery ticket purchases.