Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Scottish SPCA Weekly Lottery?

The Scottish SPCA Weekly Lottery is a fun new way to support our charity.

You can have up to 20 chances per draw at £1 each, and you will receive a 6-digit lottery number for each chance.

Every Friday you will be entered into our draw where the winning number sequence is chosen at random using a Gambling Commission approved Random Number Generator.

If you win, prizes are issued and posted to the winner automatically, meaning that there is no need to claim.

What prizes are up for grabs each week?

Every Friday, you could have the chance to win one of our amazing possible prizes:

  • 1st prize: £25,000 - if you match 6 digits.
  • 2nd prize: £1,000 - if you match 5 digits.
  • 3rd prize: £25 - if you match 4 digits.
  • 4th prize: 5 prize entries into the next week's draw - if you match 3 digits.

How can the Scottish SPCA offer a £25,000 prize pot?

The Scottish SPCA is committed to using its funds responsibly and could never offer a £25,000 jackpot independently. That’s why we’ve partnered with Unity who cover the prizes for our Weekly Lottery. Lots of different charities run their Lottery with Unity, and all of our supporters contribute to the prize pot by entering. Everyone has an equal chance of winning. That’s why we can offer a £25,000 jackpot and smaller prizes. Any funds raised from the Lottery go straight to the SSPCA so that we can use them to support Scotland’s animals – wherever they are needed most.

Can you guarantee the lottery is fair?

Yes. Every lottery chance has the same odds of winning and the winning sequence is selected by a Gambling Commission approved Random Number Generator.

For more infromation, you can find the rules on our rules page.

How old must I be to enter?

The minimum age to enter our weekly lottery is 18.

Can I choose my own game numbers?

No. Your unique lottery game numbers are chosen randomly and will be your numbers for the duration of your membership of our lottery. When you enter the lottery, you will be sent confirmation of your unique lottery game numbers in your welcome communication.

How will I know that I’m in the draw?

You will receive a welcome communication which contains details of your unique lottery number(s) and your first draw date.

You will then be entered into the draw when you have monies available and you will continue to be entered into the draw if you continue to have monies available against your lottery number(s).

How will I know if I have won?

The draw takes place every Friday. Once it has taken place, winners are notified by post or email.

If you match 4 digits or more, you will be sent your winnings automatically, either directly into your bank (if playing by Direct Debit), or via a cheque sent in the post.

If you match 3 digits you will be sent an email to confirm your win and your temporary 5 prize entry lottery numbers for the following week's draw.

What are the odds of winning a prize?

The winning probabilities are summarised below:

  • Six Number Match (£25,000)
    • 1 in 1,000,000 chance
  • Five Number Match (£1,000)
    • 1 in 18,518 chance
  • Four Number Match (£25)
    • 1 in 823 chance
  • Three Number Match (5 additional entries into the next available draw)
    • 1 in 69 chance

How much does the Scottish SPCA receive from each chance?

From each £1 lottery entry, a minimum of 50% returns to Scottish SPCA.

The remaining 18% is spent on the prizes, and 32% is used to cover the costs of administering the lottery.

I have lost my game numbers. What should I do?

If you have lost your lottery game number(s), then do not worry. You can call our friendly lottery team on 0330 123 4029 or if you would prefer to email, you can email us at

How many entries can I have each week?

The maximum number of entries you can purchase per week is 20. (£20 per week).

Why is there a delay between registration and entry into the draw?

If you are setting up a Direct Debit to pay for your entries, we are legally required to provide you with a 10 day cooling off period to allow you to change your mind if you wish.

Once this 10 day period has passed, your Direct Debit will be deducted at the earliest date possible – this date will be outlined in your welcome letter.

If you pay by debit card, then you will be entered into the lottery as soon as your membership is processed.

Is the weekly lottery legal?

Yes, we operate in compliance with The Gambling Commission (the UK regulatory body concerned with lotteries) requirements and the lottery is administered by a certified External Lottery Manager. For further information, please see our rules page.

For any further questions please contact our lottery helpline on 0330 123 4029 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm) or email

How can I get help if I have a problem with gambling?

Responsible gambling is a term that means staying in control of how much time and money is spent on gambling related activity and this is absolutely central to us when considering how we created and responsibly promote this fundraising opportunity.

Our lottery aims to encourage fair and open play and protect the young and the vulnerable. Some steps we have taken include limiting the ticket entries to only 20 a week, and only allowing people over 16 years old to participate, which is inline with Gambling Commission requirements.

If you are worried about your gambling or that of someone close to you, BeGambleAware is the UK's leading authority on the provision of support, advice and counselling to people affected by gambling problems. If you or someone you know needs help or advice call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 (lines open 24 hours a day) or visit

If you would like to find out how to exclude yourself from being able to play the Scottish SPCA Weekly Lottery, click here.

I wish to cancel my entry into the Weekly Lottery. How do I do this?

You can cancel your entry in the Weekly Lottery at any time. To cancel contact our helpline on 0330 123 4029 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm) alternatively you can email or you can notify us in writing to:

  • Scottish SPCA Unity LotteryFurness GatePeter Green WayBarrow-in-FurnessCumbriaLA14 2PE

Can I support the Scottish SPCA in other ways?

Yes! As well as playing the Scottish SPCA Weekly Lottery there are lots of ways you can be involved from challenge events to volunteering at your local Animal Rescue & Rehoming Centre. We receive no government funding so rely on amazing animal champions like you to support our work and be there for Scotland’s animals.Visit our website at: scottishspca.orgCall us on: 03000 999 999Email us at:


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