The Health Lottery Scheme manages 51 separate society lotteries which operate in rotation and together represent each geographical region of Great Britain.
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The Health Lottery to launch Match 2 Promotion
From November 16th we will be offering players and retailers an early Christmas present by introducing a new prize tier promotion, where players who match two balls will win a free Quick Pick Health Lottery ticket.*
The free ticket promotion, which will run for the seven draws between 16th November and 7th December, will create thousands and thousands of new winners each week.
It is also great news for our retailers as the promotion will drive footfall as players flock back to stores to collect their free ticket.
Andy Mallows, Head of Sales said:
“We have had a significant number of new players and this promotion will reward them for joining The Health Lottery. The huge increase in winners will see many players returning to their local retailer to claim their free ticket, which we know will drive footfall over a period which is incredibly important for retailers.”
*Depending on when it is redeemed, your free ticket for matching two numbers in one draw may be an entry into another society’s draw.
Health Lottery Ambassador Gloria Hunniford Meets New Mums and Babies at Leicester Royal Infirmary
Health Lottery Ambassador Gloria Hunniford met mums and babies from the Leicester Royal Infirmary Neo Natal unit to find out about support from local charity ADAPT Prembabies.
ADAPT Prembabies recently received more than £9,000 from People’s Health Trust which was raised by HealthBelief CIC through The Health Lottery. The grant helped ADAPT add another family support worker to their team who provide specialist care to the parents of premature babies.
Gloria met mums, volunteers and staff from the group and heard first-hand about the support provided to families with premature and poorly babies, both in hospital and when they have been discharged.
Speaking about how touched she was by her visit Gloria said:
“I have never seen babies that small, and to see them struggling for life and surviving was so touching, I couldn’t help but be gripped. I was really struck by the dedication of the young mothers and of course what ADAPT do to help is simply stunning, they are truly unique. All the girls without exception said they thought they would be on their own but they could rely on the support and care of ADAPT.
For ADAPT to get £9,000 through The Health Lottery scheme was just amazing and I could see how much it meant to them all. This proves just how important The Health Lottery can be in getting right to the heart of local communities.”
Every six minutes a baby is born in the UK needing specialist neonatal care and in Leicestershire alone over 1,600 babies a year need some kind of neonatal intervention.
Jenny Graham, who is receiving support after her son, Teddy, was born prematurely said:
“ADAPT have been amazing, they have given me so much support. It was lovely to see a friendly face in hospital who you can count on and when no one else is visiting. They help with absolutely everything, even with parking at the hospital and by sending baby clothes hand knitted by volunteers!
The Health Lottery is fantastic, if organisations like The Health Lottery and HealthBelief CIC didn’t exist ADAPT would never be able to help people like me.”
Sheryl’s a Winner!
Leicester local, Sheryl Cheadle, is celebrating after scooping £10,000 on The Health Lottery.
Sheryl, who is 43, landed the prize after matching 4 numbers and the bonus ball.
Sheryl explained how she only realised she had won six weeks after her numbers had come up, and that the news came at the best possible time:
“It was amazing as I only found out six weeks after I had played. I was made redundant on the Monday morning, and on Tuesday I got a phone call from The Health Lottery saying that I had won. It was incredible!”
She went on to explain how her win had helped her settle her debts and buy a new car:
“I bought myself a little car and cleared all my debts, everything is sorted now!”
Sheryl, who is continuing to play with direct debit has now got her sights set on winning the Saturday £100,000 jackpot:
“I’m still playing every week, and now I just need to match five numbers and win £100,000!”
Dominic Mansour, Chief Executive of The Health Lottery said of the win:
“I am delighted for Sheryl, and what a time for her to win! We have had 1.2 million winners so far, and hope to be celebrating many more in the future.”
Pauline Ashton Lands £100,000 Jackpot!
Nottingham great-grandmother Pauline Ashton is celebrating after scooping £100,000 on The Health Lottery.
Pauline, who is 81, landed the jackpot after matching all 5 numbers in the Saturday draw on 19th October.
The mother of three explained how she initially thought that she had won a smaller prize, and was left shocked when she found out that she had in fact won the £100,000 top prize.
Pauline purchased the ticket from the Martin McColl’s on Southchurch Drive, and Paul Taylor, Marketing Manager for McColl’s, said:
“ I am over the moon for Pauline, and her win is great news for our dedicated staff who have been promoting The Health Lottery in store. They know that The Health Lottery raises money for local health causes and are delighted to do their bit for the local community.”
Pauline, who plans to share her winnings amongst her three children, has decided to stay grounded after her win, and will not be moving out of the council house she has lived in for 46 years.
Pauline explained that she “Couldn’t believe it” when she found out how much she had won, and that she is still playing The Health Lottery each week:
“I’ve already bought my ticket for this week as I have played The Health Lottery since it started. It supports some great causes.”
Dominic Mansour, Chief Executive of The Health Lottery said of the win:
“I am delighted for Pauline, and what a fantastic early Christmas present for her and her family. We have celebrated over a million winners so far and we are hoping for many more during the Christmas period.”
Health Lottery Owner Richard Desmond Visits Ability North London
A couple of weeks ago, Richard Desmond, owner of The Health Lottery and Northern & Shell, visited Ability North London to learn how The Health Lottery has touched the lives of a group of young Orthodox Jews.
Joining Richard for the visit was Professor Jennie Popay and John Hume from People’s Health Trust, who allocate grants from money raised through The Health Lottery, and Health Lottery Chief Executive Dominic Mansour. The group were invited to chat to the young men and their families who have been helped by The Health Lottery.
Ability North London recently received a grant of £19,083 from money raised by HealthPromote through The Health Lottery and Richard was eager to experience first-hand how this money has helped.
The project, based in Haringey, supports Orthodox Jewish males with learning disabilities and provides respite for their families and carers. The funding has helped the organisation to put on a series of activities for the young men such as trips to the local swimming pool and arts and crafts sessions in Haringey.
Clearly touched by the visit and delighted to see money raised through The Health Lottery going to such a worthy cause, Richard said:
“It’s amazing how this money can change so many lives. I have met some fantastic people here and I am thrilled that The Health Lottery has been able to help. That is what The Health Lottery is all about, helping people who might otherwise have been overlooked.”
Parent Rachel Josebashvili, was also on hand to explain what the group meant to her and how it had changed her life:
“This group has literally saved the lives of the parents. It allows us to have a break and that gives us the strength to carry on.”
“ My son needs 24/7 care, the Government gives Ability North nothing so we rely on grants like this and are so grateful to The Health Lottery for this funding. It is absolutely vital, and makes such a huge difference .”
One Team, One Dream!
The Health Lottery Announces New Syndicate Scheme
Our players are already seven times more likely to win our top prize compared to Lotto, but now they have an even better chance of winning by joining a syndicate.
The syndicate scheme encourages players to team up and buy more tickets to improve their chances of winning on The Health Lottery.
In the past, Health Lottery syndicates have proved a success, with the ‘Grumpy Old Men’ syndicate from Rotheram a notable example.
The group of lifelong friends clubbed together to land The Health Lottery jackpot and syndicate member Geoff Shakespeare explained their decision:
“Over the years we have done the football pools but decided to try The Health Lottery because there are only five balls to win the jackpot.”
The group only discovered their win a week after the draw when one of the members, Roy Ferguson, asked a Tesco check-out girl to check the numbers.
"The guy behind me put his hand on my shoulder and I was a gibbering wreck.”
For more details on the syndicate scheme players can visit the syndicate section of the website here
Gloria Hunniford Drops in for Tea with Local Kent Bereavement Group
Recently television and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford stopped by at her local Cruse Bereavement Care service in Ashford.
The organisation, based at St Mary’s Church hall in Kennington, received a grant of almost £10,000. The money was raised by HealthWhole, a local Community Interest Company, through The Health Lottery and the grant was distributed by People’s Heath Trust.
Gloria chatted to the clients, volunteers and organisers of the service learning what they do and sharing her own experiences of personal loss.
Carol Bursey, Chair of the South Kent Branch, spoke about the difference money raised through The Health Lottery has made:
“The funding we received was vital in keeping us going last year, without it we would have closed, but now we are able to extend our service to even more people in need.”
The service offers counselling to people in the area who have been bereaved, and who are struggling to come to terms with their loss. The volunteer counsellors help their clients to overcome such grief and help them to get their lives back on track.
Gloria, who tragically lost her daughter Caron to cancer in 2004, found she could relate to the people she met, and praised both the service, and the funding they received:
"Having lost my own daughter, I understand just how valuable counselling can be. Many people are very lonely and don’t have anybody to open up to, so the marvellous thing about Cruse is that they are a shoulder to lean on. What is especially poignant is that this branch of Cruse Bereavement Care would have folded had it not been for Health Lottery funding. This is the strength of The Health Lottery; it can get into the core of communities and help organisations who need it the most.”
Health Lottery Ambassador Kimberley Walsh Supports London’s Youngsters Learning Media Skills
Global popstar Kimberley Walsh saw first-hand how London’s youngsters are getting media training and skills when she visited a project set up in the wake of the London riots.
In response to a sense of alienation among many teenagers in the Tottenham area, local Waltham Forest charity Youth Skills Network set up ‘Strait Talk,’ a project which gives young people broadcast media skills and helps them run an online talk show where they can discuss key issues with key figures including the Borough police and other community leaders.
Youth Skills Network recently received a grant of £12,689 raised by HealthLives through The Health Lottery. This funding has supported ‘Strait Talk’ helping the project to enrich the lives of teenagers in the area not in formal education or training.
Kimberley met project founder Andy Fraser and saw the range of training on offer in an attempt to get teenagers and young adults skilled up and into employment, and the singer was on hand to share tips on breaking into the media industry with local young people.
Kimberley Walsh said:
“I know that, as a teenager, doing theatre classes helped keep me on the straight and narrow. I hope this project can do the same for these young people. They are learning how to make TV programmes, how to use equipment and so much more. With a bit of luck, some of these young people might find a career that they never dreamt was possible. Projects like this are really life-changing and grants like those awarded by The Health Lottery can make all the difference.”
You Can Now Play The Health Lottery at all Post Office Branches
Playing The Health Lottery is even easier now that tickets are available for purchase in all Post Office branches in England, Scotland and Wales.
Furthermore, Post Office branches will be paying out cash prizes to winners of up to £250. All winners need to do is present their winning ticket at any counter.
Chris Parr, Head of Retail at the Post Office said: “With over 11,500 branches, we are delighted to be able to offer easy access to customers wishing to buy a Health Lottery ticket. Up and down the country, customers will be able to buy their tickets at any branch and those lucky enough to win can pick up their prize money too.”
Dominic Mansour, Chief Executive of The Health Lottery said: “This is a really key step in increasing the Health Lottery footprint and means that millions of people will be able to buy a ticket and support local good causes by stepping into their neighbourhood Post Office.”
Kicking Out Obesity
Hughes Shorai, a family friendly Martial Art club, recently received a grant of over £5,000 through The Health Lottery.
The club, based in St Helens, focuses on discipline, self-defence and respect. It is open to men, women and children and will help keep tackle rising obesity levels in the area.
Rob Vaughan, of Hughes Shorai, said: “St Helens has the second highest levels of obesity in the North West of England. Thank you to the Health Lottery and HealthFit for supporting our project and helping us facilitate physical activity for children and adults in this area."
You can see Hughes Shorai featuring in our adverts in this week’s Sunday Express and Sunday star.
United Through Football
St. Matthew's Project in South East London recently received a grant of just under £10,000 to start a family football club for young, local children and their parents.
The idea stemmed from a group of youngsters one day starting a kick about. This grew in popularity and before long children and their parents from the surrounding estates started joining in.
The project now engages over 100 people each week helping to bring the local community closer together and keeping local kids and their parents fit and healthy.
Thanks to money raised through The Health Lottery, a local Wolverhampton radio station has received a grant to provide workshops for vulnerable women in the area.
The project aims to increase the skills and confidence of local women who have experienced domestic violence or are struggling to find employment or training.
The project will allow the women to create their own radio features for broadcast, helping them to improve their skills and get more involved in the local community.
Beki (pictured) is one of the project's success stories.
She spent two years unemployed, but after she was trained, the radio station offered her a work placement where she will help to teach and train others.
Stephen Morris, Station Manager, said: "We're delighted that this funding will give local women the opportunity to come together, learn new skills and feel more confident and connected with their local communities."
OVER £775,000 RAISED FOR GOOD CAUSES IN SURREY SO FAR
Thanks to The Health Lottery draws last Wednesday and Saturday, £256,291 was raised for good causes in Surrey bringing the total raised in the county to over £775,000 since launch.
So far, the money raised has helped a number of organisations in Surrey, including Dementia UK who recently received £45,000 to fund Surrey’s first Admiral Nurse who will offer support for those in the area affected by dementia, whether it is sufferers, their families or their carers.
Dominic Mansour, Chief Executive of The Health Lottery said:
“We know how much this money means to local communities and we are thrilled to help raise funds to support hundreds of local charities and health projects as well as handing out thousands in prizes to winners each week.”
Health Lottery Launches new App
The Health Lottery app is free to download, and is the first lottery app which allows users to make transactions in-app.
The app, which was built by Blackmobile Solutions, has numerous other features such as reminders which alert players to upcoming Health Lottery draws, a results checker and information to remind players which society lottery is open each week.
The Health Lottery plans to continue adding features to their app, and Damian Goodwin, Head of Product Development said:
“I am thrilled to see our app live in the App Store, and we have many exciting new features which we plan to add in the future.”
Currently, the app is available for free download on iPhone and there is an Android version in the pipeline.
Over 400 ‘Health Lottery Heroes’ Enjoy Free Day Out at Flamingo Land
Flamingo Land opened its gates to over 400 local heroes as a reward for their contribution to the Yorkshire community.
The heroes who attended were from a number of local charities to have received funding from money raised through The Health Lottery, including: Leeds 14 Trust, York Carers and Harrogate and Knaresborough Toy Library.
Health Lottery Ambassadors Donna Air and Chris Eubank were also on hand to open the aptly named ‘Hero’ rollercoaster, and to invite those in attendance to be amongst the first in the country to try out the fantastic new ride.
A young carer who enjoyed her day out was 18 year old Rosanna Saarements, who cares for her mother and two little siblings. She is supported by the York Carer’s centre who have received over £80,000 in total through money raised by The Health Lottery to help young adult carers aged 16 to 25.
Rosanna said: “It is wonderful to have a day out. I feel like I have a huge weight on my shoulders but thanks to The Health Lottery I now receive support from the York Carers centre.”
Win More prizes with Bonus Ball!
Bonus Ball is here! The Health Lottery is now bigger and better, with the addition of 3 new prize levels. This means that you have double the chances of winning a prize.
You can buy tickets for The Health Lottery’s new Bonus Ball draw, with the first draw taking place on the 11th May. Please note that existing tickets for this draw will also be eligible for the new prizes.
We’re staying at £1
So what’s the catch? None, zip, zilch, nada. This is purely good news for our players. What’s more, unlike the national lottery we are committed to staying at £1.
There are no shared prizes with the Health Lottery, so you are guaranteed to win the advertised prizes!