Frequently Asked Questions

When will my Direct Debit be collected?

When you join our lottery, you will be able to select either the 1st or 15th of the month for your payment to be collected. On occasion this may be taken the next working day for example if the date falls on a UK bank holiday.

Will I receive confirmation I’ve joined?

Yes, we will send you confirmation in the post within 7 days which will contain all your payment details and chance numbers.

How often does the draw take place?

There is a chance to win every week with the draw taking place each Friday. If Friday falls on a bank holiday, the draw will take place the next working day. Every prize in the IRC lottery is guaranteed to be won each week.

What can I win?

Each week you have the opportunity to win one of 42 cash prizes: 1st Prize: £500, 2nd Prize: £100 and 40 Runner-Up Prizes: £5.

How does it work?

Each week a draw takes place conducted by our external lottery manager, Woods Valldata. The first entry selected will be our first prize winner, the second selected will be the second prize winner and a further 40 players will win £5 each.

What if more than one entry matches 5 numbers?

The prize pot will be equally split between each winning entry.

How will I know if I've won?

You'll receive a letter from us within 7 working days of the draw confirming if you are a winner.

For our larger prize winners we will give you a call to let you know!

How do you pay me my winnings?

We will send you a cheque in the post so please let us know if your details change.

How do I know that this is fair and legal?

The IRC Lottery is a licensed lottery (license number 23/02456/GASSLN by the City of London council) and abides by all rules and regulation of the Gambling Act 2005. Further details can be found in our full terms and conditions and published on all lottery material. Winners are published each week on our website.

We take our responsibility to promote responsible gambling serious and regularly review our policies to ensure we are matching best practice for society lotteries.

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

You can find the full terms and conditions of the lottery here

Who runs the weekly lottery?

The IRC Lottery is run by the International Rescue Committee, and administered by Woods Group Ltd, Bumpers Way, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 6NG who are our appointed External Lottery Manager. The International Rescue Committee is regulated by the City of London Council and complies with all regulations under the 2005 Gambling Act.

How do I increase or reduce my weekly entries?

Contact us and we’ll be happy to help amend how many numbers you have in our weekly draws.

I have a problem with my entry, what do I do?

Sorry to hear there is problem. Please contact us directly.

How do I cancel?

Please contact us and we will be able to cancel your payments.

Can I still play if I live in Northern Ireland?

Unfortunately, no. Our license states that players must be residents of mainland GB.

Can the IRC staff and volunteers play the lottery?

Staff and volunteers are eligible to play the lottery as long as they are not directly involved in its promotion or running.

What are the entry requirements for the Lottery?

You must be 18 years old or over and live in Great Britain to enter the Weekly Lottery or to claim a prize.

Full terms and conditions apply and can be found here or can be provided by contacting us directly. You'll find all the details you need on the contact us page.

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 BeGambleAware 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 click here.

If you are gambling more than you want to, then you have the option to self-exclude yourself from future lotteries and gaming material. If you would like to be excluded from future lotteries and raffles, please download, complete and return this form. Alternatively, please contact us directly. You'll find all the details you need on the contact us page.

This exclusion will remain on our records for a minimum of 6 months.

Should you wish to block gambling more widely you may find the following webpage helpful which details a list of services who aim to block gambling content on your devices.

First prize


Second prize


Third prize: 40 winners of £5

All prizes guaranteed to be won every week!

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