Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answer to the most commonly asked questions about the lottery.

How does the lottery work?

Each week your personal 6-digit lottery number (issued by Unity Lottery when you sign-up) is entered into a draw and the winning numbers are chosen at random.

You can purchase as many numbers as you wish for £1 each, giving you even more chances to win a number of great prizes.

Any prizes you win are issued and posted directly to you; there’s no need for you to claim.You can cancel at any time if you don’t want to remain in the draw.

How old do I have to be to enter?

You must be aged 18 or over to enter the lottery.

Can I choose my own lottery numbers?

These are chosen randomly and will be your numbers for the duration of your membership of our lottery. When you enter the lottery, you will be sent your unique numbers.

How much does Derian House make from each entry?

From each £1 lottery entry, Derian house receives a minimum of 53%.

18.4% goes to cover the prizes and 28.6% covers the administration of the lottery.

What are the odds of winning a prize?

The overall chance of winning any prize is 1 in 63, with the odds of each individual prize being:

  • £25,000 (6 digit number match): 1 in 1,000,000
  • £1,000 (5 digit number match): 1 in 18,518
  • £25 (4 digit number match): 1 in 823
  • 5 prize entries (6 digit number match): 1 in 69

Why is the price £4.34 per month when paying by Direct Debit?

The monthly cost breakdown of £4.34 for playing the lottery is based on paying £1 per week over a 52 week year. As Direct debits are only collected once monthly, sometimes there will be five weeks in a month and the additional £0.34p is to build up credit to cover the fifth week on the five-week months

How will I know if I'm in the draw?

Within 21 days of registration you will receive a confirmation letter which contains details of your unique lottery number(s) and the date of the first draw your tickets are entered into. You will be entered into the draw when you have monies available and you will continue to be entered into the draw as long as you have monies available against your lottery number.

How will I know if I've won?

Once the draw has taken place, winners are notified by email or post. There is no need to claim your prize as this is sent straight to you!

If you match 4 digits or more, you will be sent your winnings automatically, either directly into your bank (if playing by Direct Debit), or via a cheque sent in the post.

If you match 3 digits you will be sent an email to confirm your win and your temporary 5 prize entry lottery numbers for the following week's draw.

I have more questions - how can I get in touch?

If you have any questions regarding the Derian House Weekly Lottery, we'd love to hear from you!

You can speak to a member of the Unity Lottery team by calling 0370 050 9240 or by emailing

How do I self-exclude myself from entering the lottery?

If you feel you may be susceptible to gambling problems and would like to ask that you are excluded from the lottery, please contact our hotline 0370 050 9240 or download the below PDF form and once complete email to

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Derian House Children's Hospice is licensed and regulated in Great Britain by the Gambling Commission under account number 59796.
Promoter: Derian House Children's Hospice, Chancery Road, CHORLEY, PR7 1DH
Person(s) responsible: Caroline Taylor
Derian House Children’s Hospice is a company Limited by guarantee in England (No. 2650110) and a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 1005165).
Registered Office: Chancery Road, Astley Village, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 1DH.
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