Lifeboat Lottery

Win up to £5,000 and help save lives!

Play our Lifeboat Lottery and give yourself a chance to land one of nine cash prizes, with a first prize of £5,000. Every ticket you buy will go towards saving lives.

It ensures RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK are ready, 24/7, whenever an emergency arises and helps our lifeguards keep thousands of beachgoers safe. It provides our lifesavers with essential training, kit and equipment – all crucial to their safety and the conditions they face. And it inspires our family of volunteers and staff who work tirelessly to raise awareness and funds, both vital to the future of our lifesaving service and our goal of reducing drowning.

How to play

You have four chances to play each year. Tickets cost £1 or £10 for a book of 10. We are currently selling tickets for our spring lottery draw. Buy yours today by emailing or calling us on 0300 300 9990.

Tickets for the spring lottery close on Friday 13 March 2020. The draw will take place on Friday 27 March 2020 and we will contact you if you are the owner of a lucky winning ticket!

To take part, you must be aged 18 or over and live in England, Scotland or Wales. You can read our full terms and conditions below. Thank you for supporting our lifesavers, and good luck!

If you feel you have a problem with gambling and would like to request that RNLI excludes you from all of its gambling related activities, including receiving gambling related marketing materials, you can simply download the form here (PDF - 120KB), and return to: Supporter Experience team, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, W Quay Rd, Poole BH15 1HZ by post or email to If you, or someone you know, needs information or help with problem gambling, please call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visit

1st prize: £5,000 Mr Jollands, Devon
2nd prize: £2,000 Mrs Ockendon-Cripps, Essex
3rd prize: £500 Mr Pickering, East Yorkshire
4th prize: £250 Ms Clubb, Lanarkshire

Five prizes of £100 each 
Sir Knight, Emberton
Mrs Twigg, Derbyshire
Mr Wilcox, West Sussex
Mrs Lambie, Oxfordshire
Mr Robertson, Somerset

All prizes will be paid by cheque. The 1st and 2nd prizes will be sent by recorded delivery.

Promoting society: RNLI (Sales) Limited. Contact details of Lottery manager: Jayne George, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ. RNLI (Sales) Limited is a trading subsidiary of the RNLI and promotes lotteries. These tickets may only be purchased by residents of England, Scotland and Wales. We cannot accept payment for Lottery tickets by Direct Debit. 

The RNLI is licensed by the Gambling Commission of Great Britain under the 2005 Gambling Act. In 2017, 89.2% of funds raised by the Lifeboat Lottery were returned directly to the RNLI.

No one under 18 years of age may purchase or sell lottery tickets. Anyone under 18 years of age who buys a ticket will immediately forfeit the right to any prize.

Please return your form, payment and any counterfoils before Friday 13 March 2020. The draw will take place on Friday 27 March 2020. Any money received after Friday 13 March 2020 will be treated as a donation. If you have any objections to this, please let us know.

If you are paying for your lottery tickets by credit card, you may be charged a fee on top of your lottery purchase. Please check with your bank for further information.

Winners will be notified by post and results will be published in Lifeboat magazine and online at

Winners may be required to participate in future publicity.

Please view our full Terms and Conditions [PDF - 145KB].

If you, or someone you know, need information and/or help with problem gambling, please call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visit

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity registered in England and Wales (209603), Scotland (SC037736), the Republic of Ireland (20003326) and the Bailiwick of Jersey (14).

The Lifeboat Lottery is a quarterly draw that supports the RNLI’s lifesaving work. However, a lottery is a form of gambling, and it’s our duty to give information on where help is available if you are concerned that you may have a problem.

Responsible gambling is under your control, and typical behaviour includes:

  • moderate gambling
  • gambling only with money you can afford
  • quitting while you are ahead
  • setting limits on how much time and money you can afford to spend
  • having fun or supporting a charity, not investing your money
  • not spending more than you can afford, hoping to win back previous losses
  • not letting gambling take over your life
  • not gambling because you are stressed or bored.

The vast majority of people gamble responsibly. For some, however, gambling can become a problem.  If you have concerns about your gambling habits, or those of someone close, there is friendly advice available from trained counsellors at BeGambleAware. You can call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133, or you can visit for more information.

Talking about your concerns can be a big relief. If you are unsure whether there’s a problem, please look at the questions below. 

  • Do you lie to cover up the time and money you spend gambling?
  • Do you gamble alone for long periods?
  • Do you take time off from work or study to gamble?
  • Do you use gambling as a way of escaping from boring or unhappy periods in your life?
  • Do others criticise your gambling habits?
  • Do you gamble after arguments, frustrations or disappointments?
  • Do you gamble until you have spent every penny you have?
  • Do you feel depressed about your gambling habits?
  • Do you feel reluctant to spend your gambling money on other things?
  • Have you lost interest in other aspects of your life (such as hobbies and friends) because of gambling?
  • Have you lied or stolen/borrowed money to gamble or pay gambling debts?

If you’ve answered ‘yes' to the majority, you may wish to speak to BeGambleAware.

Please can you provide me with information on your Social responsibility policy

Please view our RNLI Lottery Policy [PDF - 118KB] and go to point 4 to view our social responsibility in gambling policy. If you would like to request a self-exclusion from gambling, please download our form here [PDF - 120KB].  

When will I receive my prize money?

1st and 2nd prize winners will have their cheque sent out to them recorded delivery. All other prizes will be sent out 2nd class post. We aim to send out all prizes within one week of contacting the winners. 

How are winners selected?

All entries are converted into chances, which are manually put into an electronic data table in random order. The screen shows rolling numbers, at over 200 per second (not discernible), and winners are selected by a user clicking stop at any time.  All draws are made at RNLI premises in sight of staff. 

I’ve moved house. How can I update my contact information?

Please contact our Supporter Experience team on 0300 300 9990 if you need to update any of your contact information.

How can I change the number of tickets I play or cancel?

Please contact our Supporter Experience team on 0300 300 9990 if you wish to change the number of books we send you each lottery, or to stop being sent books altogether. 

When does the RNLI lottery draws take place?

Spring: Open date 20 January. Close date 13th March 2020. Draw date 27 March 2020.

Summer: Open date 27 April 2020. Close date 12th June 2020. Draw date 26th June 2020.

Autumn: Open date 20th July 2020. Close date 11th September 2020. Draw date 25th September 2020.

Winter: Open date 12th October 2020. Close date 4th December 2020. Draw date 18th December 2020.

How old do I have to be to play the RNLI Lifeboat Lottery?

You must be 18 years or older to play the RNLI Lifeboat lottery.

Can I play if I am not a mainland UK resident?

No; to play the RNLI Lottery you need to be a mainland GB resident (England, Wales, Scotland).

Can I set up a Direct Debit to play the lottery?

Unfortunately we are not accepting Direct Debit payments for our lottery at the moment. This is something we are investigating and hope to be able to offer our supporters to improve their experience with us in future.

Are my ticket purchases eligible for Gift Aid?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept Gift Aid on ticket purchases. However, we are able to Gift Aid any donations you may send in with or without your ticket purchase. 

Who is the Lottery Management Company for the RNLI Lifeboat Lottery?

The RNLI Lifeboat Management company is Woods Valldata (Lansdowne House, Bumpers Way, Chippenham SN14 6NG)

What is the max number of chances I can buy?

There is a limit of 150 chances that can be bought by a supporter per lottery. You can buy up to a maximum of 50 chances via the DM mail pack (supporters are sent between 10 and 50 tickets in the post. The volume received is based on your previous playing history). You can buy up to 40 chances per transaction over the phone with Supporter Experience. You are able to place multiple transactions over the phone with Supporter Experience but all supporters are restricted to a total value of 150 chances in total per lottery. 

Can I share my story of winning with you?

If you are one of our lucky winners then we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to share your story by sending us a photo of yourself along with your story on winning to:

Where does the money that funds the prizes come from?

The lottery works at a profit and all prizes are generated from the income raised.

How much of the money raised by the lottery goes towards the charity?

In 2018, 87% of funds raised by the lottery were returned to the charity. The remaining 13% of money raised was spent on the prizes and the cost of producing and sending out the lottery pack, as well as some administration costs.

Will I incur a charge if I buy my lottery tickets with a credit card?

If paying by credit card, you may be charged a fee on top of your raffle purchase. Please check with your bank for further information.

I have a question which isn’t covered here

If we haven’t answered all your queries here, please contact us on 0300 300 9990 or email us at, we’d love to hear from you.