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 lottery@rnli.org.uk or calling us on 0300 300 9990.

Tickets for the spring lottery close on Friday 15 March 2019. The draw will take place on Friday 29 March 2019 and we will contact you if you are the owner of a lucky winning ticket!

To take part, you must be aged 16 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, or someone you know, needs information or help with problem gambling, please call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visit begambleaware.org.

1st prize: £5,000 Mr Hoare, Kent
2nd prize: £2,000 Mr Dyson, Gwent
3rd prize: £500 Mr Brown, Gloucestershire
4th prize: £250 Mrs Limb, West Midlands

Five prizes of £100 each
Mr Harrison, Dyfed
Mrs Spry, South Glamorgan
Mr Potter, Lancashire
Mr Hambleton, Surrey
Doctor Kukula, Surrey

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: Angela Rook, 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 16 years of age may purchase or sell lottery tickets. Anyone under 16 years of age who buys a ticket will immediately forfeit the right to any prize.

Please return your form, payment and any counterfoils before 15 March 2019. The draw will take place on 29 March 2019. Any money received after 15 March 2019 will be treated as a donation. If you have any objections to this, please let us know.

Winners will be notified by post and results will be published in Lifeboat magazine and online at RNLI.org/lottery

Winners may be required to participate in future publicity.

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 begambleaware.org.

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 begambleaware.org 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.

How do I fill in the Lottery Reply Slip?

You will need to tick Box A if you are buying all or some of your chances and not selling any to anyone else. You will need to tick Box B if you have sold any tickets on to family and friends. The appropriate instructions beside each box will advise what action you need to take for each circumstance.  

Please give details of the payment you are making and any donations you wish to include, together with a total. 

You will then need to indicate if you have enclosed a cheque or postal order, or provide your card details if you are paying by debit or credit card.   

The form will then need to be signed and returned with any enclosures that have been advised. 

If I am buying all the tickets myself, do I need to return the counterfoils?

No, you will just need to return the reply slip with your payment.

Do I need to return my lottery ticket stubs?

You do not need to return them if you have bought the tickets yourself.  However, if you have sold them to others, they will need to be returned.

How do I pay for tickets?

If you are buying tickets yourself, you can pay by debit or credit card over the phone. Please call our Supporter Care department on 0300 300 9990. Alternatively, you can send a cheque or postal order payable to RNLI (Sales) Limited, together with the reply slip.

How can I make a complaint?

If you'd like to provide us with feedback, please read our complaints procedure (PDF 120 KB). This document outlines our pledge to supporters and will guide you through the process of providing feedback.