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ActionAid's Lottery

The ActionAid Lottery is not about luck. It’s about making a genuine difference to people’s lives every time you play.

£1 a week will change lives

That’s what makes the ActionAid lottery unique. It’s important that you know where your money goes. In 2018, 75p of every £1* you spent playing the ActionAid lottery went to fighting poverty. The rest went into our prize fund, which gave five lucky winners up to £2,000 every week, or into the cost of running the lottery and attracting more players. That’s better odds than the National Lottery for you and a much better chance in life for people like Emelyne.

*75% of the money you spent.

Meet Emelyne Bukeyeneza, age 11

Emelyne knows all about hardship. Born in a camp during Burundi’s civil war, she faced extreme poverty from a young age.

Emelyne was hungry most of the time – and school was out of the question:

“We couldn’t sleep as the roof leaked everywhere. My mother could not afford basic things like soap to wash our clothes.”

It all changed when Emelyne’s mother helped form a widows’ group. With ActionAid’s support the group began growing crops and raising chickens together.

Now, instead of struggling to survive, Emelyne receives education which means that she can look forward to a future without poverty:

“The money helps my mother to buy food. She can now send me  to school and I am able to take books and pencils and wear the uniform.”

Every time you play the ActionAid Lottery, you’re transforming the life of a child like Emelyne.

To find out more about the ActionAid Lottery, you can get in touch with our Supporter Contact team by emailing or by phone on 01460 238 000 (lines open 9am-6pm Monday to Friday). 

Every Thursday. Everyone wins.

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Page updated 26 February 2019