I have signed up to a specific Charity (society) on Affinity, but does that society get 100% of my money if it’s a pooled draw with other society lotteries?

Each society runs their own lottery on the Affinity platform and 100% of your entry fee is paid to the society you signed up to.  The society’s lottery Terms and Conditions available on the website provide details of how much of your entry fee goes directly to the society’s good cause as and how they spend on expenses related to promoting and running their lottery.   

Can I enter more than once?

Yes, you are more than welcome to enter more than once. You can enter up to 5 chances per society lottery, on the condition you do not exceed more than 50 Chances across all participating societies.   

How can I pay to enter?

The Affinity Lottery platform only accepts payment by monthly direct debit.

How much will my Direct Debit be?

Every chance costs just £1.00 per draw and the amount debited will depend on the number of chances you have selected and on the number of Fridays between each payment, e.g.:

  • Playing 1 chance a week with 4 Fridays between your direct debit collections with result in a £4 collection.
  • Playing 1 chance a week with 5 Fridays between your direct debit collections with result in a £5 collection.
  • Playing 2 chances a week with 4 Fridays between your direct debit collections will result in a £8 collection.
  • Playing 2 chances a week with 5 Fridays between your direct debit collections will result in a £10 collection.

When will my Direct Debit be collected?

You can choose from the 1st or 15th of the month. Your Direct Debit will be collected on your chosen date or next working day and a schedule will be sent to you in advance. A Direct Debit collection will be made for each society lottery you have signed up to on the Affinity Platform.

Is monthly Direct Debit the only option or can I pay quarterly or annually?

Yes, you can only pay monthly by direct debit.

How will I recognise the Direct Debit on my Bank or Building Society account statement?

Your Direct Debit will appear as either AFFINITY LOTTERY or THE WOODS GROUP LTD T/A AFFIN LOT 

Are my lottery payments eligible for Gift Aid?

Unfortunately, Gift Aid cannot be claimed on funds raised through the lottery.

How many numbers can I choose?

You can choose 6 numbers yourself or opt for a ‘lucky dip’ and the system will randomly select your lottery number(s).

Will I receive confirmation?

Yes, you will receive a welcome letter via email with confirmation of your entry to the Lottery, along with your Direct Debit advance notification letter and your chosen lottery number(s).  This will only be sent via post where no email address has been provided, or an email has been rejected.

I haven’t received confirmation of my numbers, what should I do?

You can contact our Lottery Helpline as shown on the website.

Can I change my numbers?

Yes, you can change your numbers in the ‘manage my account’ area on the website.

How often does the draw take place?

There is a draw every week on a Friday.

How many prizes are there?

Each week you have the opportunity to win one of 37 cash prizes: 1st Prize: £25,000, 2nd Prize: £1,000 and 35 guaranteed Runner-up Prizes: 5 x £20, 10 x £10 and 20 x £5

How does it work?

6 numbers between 1 and 49 are randomly selected. We will then check all of the eligible entries to see if any match the 6 or 5 numbers in any order. If all 6 numbers are matched, you will win £25,000 and if you match 5 numbers you will win £1,000, from a shared prize pot. If more than one eligible entry matches, the prize pot will be split equally between each winning entry.

What’s more, every week 35 lucky winners are randomly selected from all eligible entries who are guaranteed to win our runner up prizes.

How do you select the winners?

The winners will be selected electronically using a random number generator, tested and approved by a Gambling Commission certified test house.

How will I know if I've won?

Following the draw, you will be notified by email where possible with funds subsequently deposited directly into your bank account. In the event of an undeliverable email you will be notified by post.

1st and 2nd prize winners will be notified by telephone with confirmation and a cheque sent by post once the applicable eligibility checks have taken place.

It is important to keep your details up to date so we know where to send any winnings. You can make updates at any time by managing your account online.

Can I check if I have won online?

Yes. Every Friday afternoon the results will be available online.

How soon after signing up will I be able to win?

From signing up you will be entered into the next available draw which could be between 20 and 30 working days later. This gives us time to complete the necessary administrative processes including payment verification, claiming the funds from your bank and the funds being received for the draw.

If I do not bank the wining cheque for the 1st or 2nd prize will the money be donated to the Society?

The 1st and 2nd prizes on Affinity Lottery are insured prices therefore any cheque not banked within 6 months of the draw date is forfeited; Woods Valldata is legally required to return the funds to the Insurance company.   If a Player wishes to donate their winnings to their chosen Society, they must bank the winning cheque and then send a donation to the Society.

Can a person claim winnings on behalf of a deceased Player?

Yes, if the person claiming can prove, to Woods Valldata’s reasonable satisfaction, that they are entitled to make the claim on behalf of the deceased Player’s estate.

Where can I see the full terms and conditions of the lottery?

You can find the full terms and conditions of the lottery on the lottery website

How do I increase or reduce my chances?

You can do this online via the ‘Manage my account’ area.  

How do I cancel?

You can cancel your Direct Debit through your bank or contact us directly.

I have a problem signing up online, who can help me?

You can contact our Lottery Helpline as shown on the website.

I have moved address, or changed my email address who do I notify?

You can update your name, contact details, bank account details all through the ‘manage my account’ area on the website.

Can I still play if I live outside of Great Britain?

Unfortunately, no. Only residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) can play the Affinity Lottery as the licence only covers Great Britain. No entrants are permitted from Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Who runs Affinity Lottery?

The Woods Group Limited (trading as Woods Valldata), Lansdowne House, Bumpers Way, Chippenham, SN14 6NG.

What are the entry requirements for the Lottery?

You must be 18 years old or over and live in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to enter the Affinity Lottery or to claim a prize.

Full terms and conditions apply and can be found on the lottery website

I'm worried about the effects of gambling. What should I do?

If you're worried about the effects of gambling on you or someone you know, you can find information on the Gamble Aware website or you can call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133. We encourage our supporters to gamble responsibly. For more information on responsible gambling, please visit the gamble aware website.

If you are gambling more than you want to, then you have the option to self-exclude yourself from future lotteries and raffles. If you would like to be excluded from future lotteries and raffles, please download, complete and return this self-exclusion form to Affinity Lottery, Lansdowne House, Bumpers Way, Chippenham, Wilts, SN14 6NG.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0345 120 1363 and leave a message.

This exclusion will remain on our records for a minimum of 6 months, and you must contact the Lottery Helpline if you wish to play again after that time.

How can I make a complaint?

Any complaints relating to the Lottery should be sent in writing to Affinity Lottery, Lansdowne House, Bumpers Way, Chippenham, Wilts, SN14 6NG, giving full details of your complaint.