Our Lift Off Lotto is a vital source of income for the charity, funding around 50% of all our missions. Each year we must raise over £9.5 million to remain operational. We receive NO government or NHS funding, relying solely on your generosity to keep us flying to save lives.
By playing our lottery, you will be making a lifesaving difference to people across the North West. Plus, you’ll be in with the chance of winning up to £1000 every week – it’s a win-win!
You must be aged 16 or over to take part in our Lift Off Lotto. It’s a criminal offence to take part if you are under this age.
Please play responsibly.
I couldn’t believe I had won so I called the charity to confirm I had won and they said ‘YES you’re a winner!’
The Lift off Lotto is drawn every Friday, all winners are notified by post.
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How does the Lift off Lotto work?
When you join the Lift Off Lotto, you are entered every week into a draw with the chance of winning one of five guaranteed prizes. Your payments are taken by direct debit or cheque only – we do not accept credit or debit cards.
When are the draws made?
The draw takes place every Friday – the only time this would change is if this lands on a bank holiday. If this occurs, the draw will simply take place on the next working day. Any implications of bank holidays are accounted for to ensure all entrants have the same opportunities to win.
What are the prizes?
Our top prize is £1,000, and we have 4 runners up prizes of £200, £75, £50 and £25. We also run a Superdraw which provides players with a chance of winning £10,000.
From September 2021, on the fourth Friday in September, December, March and June each year, the top prize will be £10,000 instead of £1,000. All runner-up prizes will remain the same. All active Lift Off Lotto players will be entered into this draw at no extra cost to the player.
Why is my payment not a round number if it is £1 per draw?
Not every month has four Fridays, some have five. Therefore, the payment of £4.34 ensures you will not miss out on any draws.
When is my first entry into the draw?
You will be eligible the week after your first payment comes in.
Can I round my payment up with a donation?
Yes! If you wish to increase your direct debit, for example increasing £4.34 base payment to £5, then just call us on either 0151 547 7830 or 0800 587 4570
Can I Gift Aid my payment to the lottery?
You cannot gift aid your lottery payment as it is part of a lottery. However, if you have rounded up your payment then that additional amount can be gift aided. Simply click here to update your Gift Aid status.
How many entries can I have?
We restrict entries to 20 per person to encourage responsible gambling.
Do the proceeds of the lottery go to NWAA?
In the 2020-2021 financial year, the lottery passed 94.25% of lottery income back to the charity. This amount is after expenses such as the costs for us to recruit new players, administration costs (marketing, staff, etc) and lottery prizes.
How will I know if I am a winner?
All results are posted on our website on the day of the draw. Alternatively, you can call to find out.
We will always endeavour to call all our lucky winners to let them know, and if we do not have a number, a letter confirming your win will be sent to you.
How do I cancel?
If you wish to cancel your membership you can contact us via telephone, email, or in writing.
Are canvassers employed by FONWAA to sign people up for its Lift Off Lotto?
We do use canvassers to sign up players. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a canvasser, please do contact our Supporter Engagement team on 0800 587 4570.
If you’d like to know more about our canvassing activity, please click here.
What training do the canvassers receive?
All our canvassers follow an induction process where they get to see some of the incredible work our crews do across the North West. This helps them to understand how important our cause is, and to be able to share that information with you. They also undergo Dementia Friends Training. They undergo strict training around Fundraising Regulator codes of practice, and training for identifying people who may be vulnerable.
Can they take a donation for the charity?
Yes, they can, but only via cheque, our canvassers cannot take any cash or card payments over the doorstep.
Am I eligible to play in the lottery?
You must be aged 16 and over to take part in our lottery. If someone who lives in your home is an employee of the charity, then, unfortunately, you cannot take part either.
What do I do if I think I may have an issue with gambling?
Are you gambling more than you really want to? Please give us a call and we can provide support.
Alternatively, learn more about self-exclusion and what this means by clicking here.
If you feel you need to self-exclude yourself from the Lift Off Lotto, we would encourage you to extend your self-exclusion to any other gambling arrangements you may have.
Is there a complaints policy?
Yes, should you have any complaints to do with the Lift Off Lotto, please view our complaints and disputes procedure here.
Are you running any telemarketing campaigns?
We periodically run telemarketing campaigns through an external telemarketing agency to offer increases to existing lottery players, and the opportunity to re-join. If you have any concerns, please call us on 0800 587 4570.
The Lift off Lotto is a subscription lottery and payments can be made by Direct Debit (preferred due to lower costs) or by cheque (made payable to North West Air Ambulance Charity).
Payments can be made monthly, quarterly, six-monthly, or annually at a rate of £1 per week which is £4.34 per month per chance. Members can sign-up for more than one chance per week.
Once you become a member, we will send you out your new member pack containing confirmation of your membership, your unique lucky number/s, and some further information about how lottery funding supports our lifesaving services.
If you have any further questions, please contact us at Head Office and we will be happy to help. Lottery subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.
Our Lift off Lottery results are drawn every Friday using a random number generator to select winning numbers, allocating one prize per number drawn.
You must be aged 16 years or over and live in Great Britain to participate in our Lift Off Lotto.
For more information on how our lotteries work, please read our Lift Off Lotto terms and conditions here.
Our Lift Off lottery results are drawn every Friday using a random number generator to select winning numbers, allocating one prize per number drawn.
Chances of winning in our Lift Off Lotto: We have approximately 100,000 plays in each Lift Off Lotto Draw. Each play has an equal chance of winning one of the 5 cash prizes so 5 in 100,000 or 1 in 20,000.
In 2020/21, Friends of North West Air Ambulance (FONWAA) received £5,154,324 in ticket sales for its Lift Off Lotto of which £4,857,950 (94.25%) of this figure went straight back to the charity. Furthermore, FONWAA received £109,361 in ticket sales for its two Prize Draws with £75,816 (69.33%) returning to the charity, helping us fly around 2500 flight missions annually.
£70,200 (1.36%) was spent on prizes for our Lift Off Lotto and £14,100 (12.89%) for our two Prize Draws. In terms of expenses, this was £226,316 (17.78%) for our Lift Off Lotto and £19,445 (17.78%) for our two Prize Draws.
The costs incurred by FONWAA for our Lift Off Lotto and Prize Draws were lower than normal due to the Covid pandemic, therefore the income passed back the the charity was higher but costs were significantly lower.
The following information provides income to the charity versus costs for lotteries operated and promoted by FONWAA for the period 2019/20:
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Friends of North West Air Ambulance Lottery adheres to the practice outlined in our social responsibility in gambling policy here and is regulated by The Gambling Commission www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk.
You must be aged 16 or over and be a resident in Great Britain to take part in any of our lottery activities. If you are concerned about the amount you are gambling please refer to our gambling responsibly information here or call our supporter engagement team on 0800 587 4570
As a member of the Lotteries Council, Friends of North West Air Ambulance Lottery makes an annual donation to GambleAware.
If you feel you have a problem with any form of gambling please read how we can help provide support. You can also find information review our self-exclusion procedure. A self-exclusion form is also available here.
FONWAA aims to ensure that any issue you may have regarding the lottery and our raffle is dealt with promptly, efficiently, and in confidence. If you wish to make a complaint regarding our Lift Off Lotto or raffle please refer to our complaints and disputes procedure here.
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