How does the lottery work

Q: How often will the draws take place?

A: The draws are weekly and held on a Saturday.

Q: How are the numbers chosen/drawn?

A: The Draw process is based upon the results of the Australian National Lottery Super66 game, as published on the Lottery West website (

Q: Who can play the lottery?

A: Players can be from anywhere in the UK to play, but must be aged 18 or over.

Q: How does the Harrogate District community benefit from the lottery?

A: Up to 60% of funds raised through ticket sales go back to local community groups within the former Harrogate District.

Q: Who is running/managing THE LOCAL LOTTO for the Harrogate District?

A: THE LOCAL LOTTO for the Harrogate District was established and managed by the former Harrogate Borough Council now known as North Yorkshire Council under the terms of a Local Authority Lottery. THE LOCAL LOTTO for the Harrogate District also feeds into and supports THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District. This is a three way partnership between North Yorkshire Council (the Council), Harrogate and District Commmunity Action, Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service and Two Ridings Community Foundation.

THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District, is a programme of grant funding available to local voluntary and community groups and organisations through a grant application process.

Support for players and good causes will be provided by Gatherwell, the appointed External Lottery Manager, who have been procured to manage the lottery independently of the Council.

Good cause sign up

Q: What organisations can sign up?

A: Any good cause operating within the Harrogate District can apply! (NB Some exclusions apply, see Terms & Conditions for details).

Q: What information will I need to sign up?

A:We need some key pieces of information to get you registered as a good cause on THE LOCAL LOTTO for the Harrogate District. This will include your:

  • organisation’s name
  • a named contact
  • role of your organisation
  • organisation address, telephone number and email

We will then confirm your eligibility (in accordance with the Terms & Conditions).

In order to pay you the money raised from the lottery sales we need your bank details and you’ll also the logo of your organisation to include on the specific marketing materials we will create for you. You can provide this information at signup but they are not required for you to register as a good cause.

Please remember to tell us if any of your details change.

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 do not have a logo, we will set you up with a default logo to start with and you will 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 good cause with its own tailored communication materials. These will be professionally prepared PDFs which can be attached to e-mails that you send out to your community. Our materials can also be printed and posted around the local area. You can also easily post the leaflets on social media straight from your lottery dashboard – it’s super easy! We also provide you with your own dedicated webpages on the website for your supporters to sign up, check results and see how much money is being raised.

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: Do we have any targets to achieve / what’s the minimum number of tickets our organisation needs to sell?

A: Although there are no set targets for ticket sales we would like good causes to aim for at least 20 tickets sales in the first four weeks and maintain a minimum of 20 supporters at any time. Failure to do so could lead to disqualification from the LOTTO.

Q: Who deals with any questions my supporters have?

A: We do! We have a dedicated support number (01423 206777) that deals directly with any queries your supporters have as well as our support email address [email protected].

Q: What administration do we need to do?

A: None! All you need to do is shout about your LOCAL LOTTO web page!

Ticket sales

Q: What tickets are available to purchase as part of the lottery?

A: There are two tickets types.

  • Ticket type 1 - Central Fund, where 60% will go into THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District and will be distributed twice a year to various local voluntary and community sector organisations via a grant process. This option will help those organisations that may have fewer local supporters and/or less ability to generate funding support due to the nature and/or size of their services.
  • Ticket type 2 - Specific voluntary and community groups and organisations within the District – 50% goes directly to the residents chosen cause and the other 10% to THE LOCAL FUND.

Q: Where does the money go from ticket sales?

A: Each ticket costs £1. Up to 60p in every pound will go back into the community locally. 20p goes towards the prize fund, 17p goes to Gatherwell (our External Lottery Manager) who provides support to both players and good causes and also administers the weekly draws according to the Gambling Commission rules and regulations, 3p is VAT.

Q: How much money does the council make from the lottery?

A: None! The £1 ticket is allocated as per the diagrams in ticket sales section above.

Q: Is buying a ticket online the only way to buy one?

A: No. Although this is an online lottery and that is the primary way to buy tickets. You can also call the dedicated helpline on (01423 206777) and buy tickets over the phone.

Q: What’s the maximum number of tickets I can purchase a week?

A: 20


Q: How do I buy tickets?

A: You will need to go to and click on ‘buy tickets’ to set yourself up with an account. You can register to buy tickets over 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months.

Q: What if I don’t want to buy tickets anymore?

A: You may cancel your entry into the Lottery by notifying Gatherwell in writing or by e-mail (or via any other methods specified by Gatherwell from time to time). Upon receipt of this notice Gatherwell will:-

  • Cancel future Direct Debit payments as soon as is reasonably practicable.
  • In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 the self exclusion policy will be implemented.

Q: What if I want to change the good cause I wish to support or ticket type?

A: You can do this at any time – simply log into your account and move your support to a new good cause. Or you can call the support line on (01423 206777) and a member to the team will move your support for you.


Q: How many numbers and in what sequence do I need to win a prize?

A: You can see full details about the prizes below:

Number of matches Prize Odds
6 £25,000 1,000,000:1
5 £2,000 55,556:1
4 £250 5,556:1
3 £25 556:1
2 3 extra tickets 56:1

Q: What happens if a low number of tickets are sold and someone wins the jackpot? Will they still get £25,000?

A: Yes. The jackpot prize money is covered by an insurance policy. This means that in the event of a jackpot win, it is the insurance policy that pays out, not funds raised by lottery sales.

Q: What happens if no-one wins the Jackpot? Is there a rollover?

A: No. The Gambling Commission does not permit roll-overs in local authority lotteries.

Q: What happens if more than one person wins the jackpot?

A: If there is more than one Jackpot winner, they each get £25,000, it is not shared.

Q: How do winners find out that they’ve won?

A: Every week, all winners will be advised by e-mail. Each week the winning number combination will also be published on THE LOCAL LOTTO website.

Q: What are the odds of winning a prize?

A: 50:1 (which includes a prize of three extra tickets for matching a two number combination).

Q: What are the odds of winning a cash prize?

A: 500:1

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 THE LOCAL LOTTO 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.


Q: I still have more questions. Who can help?

A: Gatherwell can. They are managing THE LOCAL LOTTO for the Harrogate District on our behalf and there is a dedicated support number (01423 206777) as well as a support email address [email protected]. You can also contact them, via the Facebook and Twitter pages.