How it works

Learn about how The Forces Lottery works

How does it work?

The Forces Lottery is the nation’s fundraising lottery scheme supporting the UK’s armed forces and veterans. It’s designed to give charities who provide vital support to our armed forces and veterans the chance to gain support and raise valuable funds through their own weekly lottery draw.

You can play for as little as £1 per week. Up to 50p of every £1 you play is guaranteed to go straight to a good cause, and it is you who decides which one. The remainder will be used to provide prizes and cover administration costs. By joining The Forces Lottery you will be entered into the respective draw of the society that you wish to support.

For just £1 per week you will be allocated with a six digit The Forces Lottery number, which will remain yours for as long as you wish to keep playing. You can purchase more than one number if you wish.

Every Saturday, the lucky winners are selected at random and prize cheques issued and posted directly to you, so there is no need for you to claim. You must be 16 or over to enter. Winners have to match 3, 4 5 or all 6 digits of the winning number in the correct place in the sequence.

Choose your cause

With The Forces Lottery, each one of our registered causes runs their own lottery. All you have to do is select the cause you’d like to support!

Start playing for as little as £1 per week

Once you’ve chosen your cause, you can sign-up to enter their weekly draw for as little as £1 per week.

For every £1 you play each week, you’ll receive a unique 6-digit lottery number.Winning numbers are revealed each week. Match up your numbers to win up to £10,000!

  • 3 digit match = £5
  • 4 digit match = £20
  • 5 digit match = £500
  • 6 digit match = £10,000

What are my chances?

The Forces Lottery offers some of the best odds of any platform of its kind. (The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 63!) Because it’s a number match game, the odds are fixed. This means that no matter which cause you’re supporting, or how big their lottery is, every lottery number has an equal chance of winning a prize.

  • 3 digit match = 1 in 69
  • 4 digit match = 1 in 823
  • 5 digit match = 1 in 18,518
  • 6 digit match = 1 in 1,000,000

Where does the money go, exactly?

For every £1 you play, Up to 50p will go straight to your chosen cause. The Forces Lottery’s running costs are kept as low as possible, so that most of the remainder can go straight into our weekly prize fund. So for every £1 you play each week, you’ll have another chance to win prizes of up to £10,000!

You can support as many causes as you like, and can have up to 20 entries per week, per cause.

Please note, you need to be 16 or over in order to play The Forces Lottery.

Click here to view the game rules.

1st prize
Match 6 digits
2nd prize
Match 5 digits
3rd prize
Match 4 digits
4th prize
Match 3 digits

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The draw takes place every Saturday at 10:00am