Our weekly Wings Lotto players help us to provide vital welfare services for our RAF community, including by supporting our response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Operation CONNECT. So even if you don’t win a prize, you can still feel great knowing that you’re playing a part in ensuring no one has to face this crisis alone.
Last year, our weekly players raised enough to fund our RAF Lunch Clubs for hundreds of elderly veterans who live alone and may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy a nutritious meal in the company of others. In 2019, at least 53% of all funds raised through Wings Lotto was spent on our vital welfare work, 31% was spent on our amazing prizes and 16% on expenses. Your support really does make a huge difference to the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community.
“I wanted to join the RAF and gave up the National Lottery for the Association’s Wings Lotto game as it is for such a good cause. The winnings have come at a very opportune moment as we have plans for the garden. The work starts soon so it was fantastic to get a call to say we had won the rollover.”
Rollover winner from Ashford, Kent.
1st prize = £1,000
2nd prize = £250*
3rd prize = £100
Prizes 4-13* = £10
*2nd and 13th prize are our rollover prizes and are not guaranteed to win every week. If they are not won, the balance rolls over to the following week (in multiples of £250 for 2nd prize and multiples of £10 for 13th prize). Both prizes can reach a maximum jackpot of £10,000, at which stage a guaranteed winner is generated. The prizes revert back to their original level after the jackpot is won.
** There is a 1 in 381 chance of winning a prize in Wings Lotto every week
How to play
- Join now and set up a Direct Debit, or pay by debit card (you must be aged 18 or over to take part)
- Each weekly entry costs just £1. You can buy more numbers to increase your chances.
- Once you have completed your details, we’ll send you a unique 6 digit Wings Lotto number for each entry you have purchased – you will keep this number/ these numbers for as long as you keep playing.
- Every week, your unique number(s) will be automatically entered into our draw.
- Each Friday draw has 11 guaranteed prizes and two rollover prizes. For our guaranteed prizes, the lottery computer randomly selects numbers until it matches with an active number for each prize – and then we’ve found our winners! In the case of our rollover prizes, if an active number isn’t drawn the first time, then the prize rolls over – up to a maximum of £10,000. Once the £10,000 prize limit is reached, the computer will be allowed to continue to select numbers until an active number is matched and that lucky player will win the jackpot.
Congratulations to all of our winners this week – 14th August 2020
1st prize (£1000) – 165398 – Mr James Hughes from North Pickenham
2nd prize – It’s a rollover, next week’s prize will be £8,250
3rd prize (£100) – 448007 – Mr Peter Thrower from Sheringham
Winners of £10:
- Player number 5699 – Mr Roger Harvey from Gainsborough
- Player number 177168 – Mr Michael Schwartz from Milton Keynes
- Player number 13796 – Mr Dave Belkevitz from Milton Keynes
- Player number 63103 – Mr Cliff Farmer from Deeside
- Player number 720100 – Mrs Val Smith from Barnstaple
- Player number 55700 – Mr John Thompson from Exeter
- Player number 45733 – Mr Edwin Richards from Grantham
- Player number 73575 – Miss Joyce Smith from Luton
- Player number 604591 – Mr Malcolm Titley from Doncaster
£10 rollover – It’s a rollover, next week’s prize will be £30
The first rollover has not been won, next week the prize will be £8,250
The second rollover has not been won, next week the prize will be £30
We have reviewed our procedures in light of GDPR and will no longer publish winners’ details for longer than one year
Wings Lotto is the official lottery of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAF Association) and is promoted by the RAF Association, Headquarters, Atlas House, 41 Wembley Road, Leicester, LE3 1UT. Registered Charity no. 226686 in England & Wales, SC037673 in Scotland.
The lottery is licenced by the Gambling Commission under the 2005 Gambling Act – www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk. The responsible individuals are Rachel Louise Huxford and Vikki Hall.
You must be aged 18 or over to play the lottery. Underage gambling is an offence.
To play the Wings Lotto you must be resident in the UK (not including Northern Ireland). No tickets to be sold to persons in a street. Tickets sold on doorsteps and private property are permitted.
Wings Lotto supports the welfare work of the RAF Association. Download our full terms and conditions.
For details of our complaints procedure, see our FAQs section below.
Our commitment to responsible gambling
The RAF Association is committed to operating Wings Lotto in a socially responsible way. We want the lotto to be fun to play, while raising funds for our welfare programs, but not in a way that is detrimental to the vulnerable.
Whilst the majority of people do gamble within their means, for some, gambling can become a problem. It may help you to keep control to remember the following:
- Gambling should be entertaining and not seen as a way of making money
- Avoid chasing losses
- Only gamble what you can afford to lose
- Keep track of the time and amount you spend gambling
- If you want to have a break from gambling you can use our self-exclusion option by emailing us with your name, address and Lotto number(s), or by writing to us: Wings Lotto, The RAF Association, Headquarters, Atlas House, Wembley Road, Leicester. LE3 1UT. We will then close your membership for a minimum period of six months, during which time it will not be possible for the account to be re-opened for any reason.
- If you need to talk to someone about problem gambling then contact The National Gambling Helpline. The National Gambling helpline provides a confidential telephone support and counselling to anyone who is affected by problem gambling. They can be contacted on 0808 8020 133.
If you are concerned that gambling may have taken over your (or someone else’s life) contact the confidential helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visit their website www.gamcare.org.uk for further information
How does the rollover work?
Every paid chance (an individual person may have more than one paid chance each week) is issued a unique six digit playing number.
Each Wings Lotto draw has a lower and upper number limit – i.e. 000001 to 999999.
During each draw, the lottery computer randomly picks a number between these limits. If the number drawn belongs to an active member who is in credit, they win the prize.
In the case of our guaranteed prizes (1st, 3rd and 4th – 12th) the computer will continue to select numbers until an active member who is in credit wins every week. In the case of our rollover prizes (2nd and 13th) if the number drawn has no matching member number the prize will rollover to the following week. Each time a rollover prize is not won, the prize money is ring-fenced in the prize bank account and is added to next week’s prize fund. This process will continue each week until either the prizes are won or the rollover prize builds to the maximum of £10,000.
When the maximum rollover prize limit is reached, the computer will be allowed to continue to select numbers until an active member who is in credit is selected to win the £10,000 jackpot.
Why £4.34 per month?
The monthly cost breakdown of £4.34 for playing the lottery is based on paying £1 per week over a 52-week year. Direct debits are only collected once month. An additional 34p is collected to build up credit to cover the fifth week on five-week months.
Can I play if I live in Northern Ireland?
In accordance with The Law on Lotteries in Northern Ireland, Wings Lotto cannot be promoted or sold by any person who resides in Northern Ireland and the RAF Association does not promote or advertise Wings Lotto in Northern Ireland. However, it is legal for someone who lives in Northern Ireland to take part in the Wings Lotto if they have purchased tickets by telephone or post and the sale transaction takes place on mainland UK.
What percentage of money goes to the charity?
This figure depends on the number of people playing the lottery each month along with the monthly administration/ running costs.
In 2019, 53% of all proceeds raised by Wings Lotto were donated to provide welfare support for the RAF family. 31% of proceeds were used as prize money and 16% administrative costs/ expenses.
What if I want to make a complaint about the Wings Lotto?
The RAF Association is committed to providing excellent levels of service. We are constantly striving to meet the rising expectations of our members and supporters, and we welcome feedback on where our services can be improved or where your expectations have not been met.
Issues of concern to our members and supporters can usually be resolved by talking them through with one of our staff. We actively encourage our members and supporters to use our complaints procedure so that issues and concerns can be raised with management and addressed appropriately. The following explains how the complaints procedure works, what you need to do and what you can expect. There are two levels – Head of Department and Senior Management.
Head of Department Level (1st level) If we haven’t reasonably met your expectations or you wish to make a complaint relating to services or facilities provided by one of our staff you should write or e-mail in the first instance to Elaine Williamson, Supporter Marketing Manager, The RAF Association Atlas House, 41 Wembley Road, Leicester LE3 1UT. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0116 266 5224.
In expressing concerns it is helpful to include all relevant details such as nature of the complaint, date, people contacted and the other circumstances relating to your complaint. This helps us to quickly and fully understand the nature of your complaint and begin our investigations.
Once we have received your complaint the Head of Department or one of his/her colleagues will acknowledge receipt of your letter in writing within 48 hours – weekends and bank holidays not included. You can normally then expect a full written response within 10 working days of this acknowledgement. Our aim is to resolve the complaint to your complete satisfaction at this level.
If, after receiving our response at the first level you feel that your concerns have not been fully addressed you can ask for your complaint to be referred to Senior Management. This will be moved on to a Director.
Senior Management Level (2nd level) Once we have received your request to escalate the complaint to a Director we will acknowledge receipt of your letter in writing within 48 hours – weekends and bank holidays not included. You can then normally then expect a full written response within 10 working days of the acknowledgement. It may be necessary for additional information to be sought from an external source. When this is necessary and we feel it may not be possible to respond to your complaint within 10 working days, we will contact you again. We will explain our reasons for asking for a time extension and seek your approval.
If a satisfactory resolution cannot be reached then the matter can be referred to an independent arbiter. We use IBAS (Independent Betting Adjudication Service) for this purpose – www.ibas-uk.com
If you have any questions about Wings Lotto, please call the Lotto hotline on 0370 085 8844.
To contact the RAF Association directly, call 0800 018 2361 or write to:
Royal Air Forces Association
41 Wembley Road