Cancer Focus NI Lottery FAQ's

What is the Cancer Focus Northern Ireland (NI) Lottery?

The Cancer Focus NI Lottery is a draw that takes place every Friday. Each ticket gives you the chance of winning one of our 10 fantastic cash prizes. Each entry costs just £1.

Why is Cancer Focus NI running a weekly lottery?

A lottery is a fun and engaging way for us to raise funds. The lottery is promoted and run to help raise essential funds for our Family Support Service. The lottery is run and managed by Cancer Focus NI. 100% of net profits from the lottery go to the charity, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. For information about the Family Support Service click on this link

Can you guarantee the lottery is fair?

Yes, every £1 entry has an equal chance of winning, and the winning numbers are drawn at random and independently by StarVale, our external lottery consultant.

How old do I have to be to enter?

You must be aged 16 years or over to enter the lottery

What can I win?

Guaranteed weekly prizes
1st prize - £150
Another 9 chances to win £10
Twice a year we run a Bonus Draw where you are also entered into an additional draw where you can win a top prize. The additional top prize is subject to change and will be promoted accordingly. Your existing lottery number will automatically be entered for a chance to win the top prize along with our usual weekly cash prizes.

How do I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets by clicking on the big red ‘PLAY NOW’ button on our lottery website which will allow you to set up a Direct Debit lottery subscription, which is the easiest way to ensure you’re entered into the draw each week and month. Alternatively, you can send us a cheque or you can telephone us on our Lottery Helpline 02890680745 or 02890680740 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm) and we would be happy to send you an entry form.

Why is the price £4.34 per month for one lottery entry when paying by Direct Debit?

The monthly cost breakdown of £4.34 for playing the lottery once per week is based on paying £1 per week over a 52 week. 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.

Can I have more than one entry?

Yes, you can have up to two entries per week. This in accordance with our commitment to responsible gambling. Each £1 entry buys you one ‘chance’ of winning in our lottery. If playing our lottery stops becoming fun and you wish to exclude yourself from all gaming activity, please contact us today.

Are my entries eligible for Gift Aid?

Unfortunately, we cannot claim Gift Aid on funds raised through the lottery.

Can I choose my 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 a letter outlining your unique numbers.

How do I know that I’m in the draw?

Within 14 working 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.

Why is there a delay between registration and entry into the draw?

Following registration it is necessary to complete a number of administrative processes which include setting up your Direct Debit or allowing time for your cheque to clear through the banking clearing system.

What happens if I have difficulties when registering online?

We advise to call our Lottery Helpline and speak with Sarah or Ollie on 02890680745 or 02890680740 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).

How long can I play for?

You can play our lottery for as long as you wish. Following successful payment you will continue to be entered into the draw as long as you have monies available against your number i.e.: as long as you Direct Debit payment is active.

How will I know if I win a prize?

Once the draw has taken place, winners are notified by post, and the winners’ names and winning number(s) are published on our lottery website

How can I claim my prize?

If you are a winner, we will send your winning cheque straight to you at your correspondence address – there’s no need for you to claim.

How do I cancel my lottery subscription?

You can cancel your membership by calling our Lottery Helpline on 02890680745 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm) and we can help or email You will also need to contact your bank.

What are the lottery rules?

The lottery rules are available on our website. The purpose of these rules is to ensure you are informed about the terms of playing our lottery, and to promote responsible gambling.

What is responsible gambling?

Responsible gambling means staying in control of how much time and money we spend on gambling. Responsible gambling means not spending more money or time than we can reasonably afford on gambling activities, keeping in mind all our other responsibilities in life.

I need some advice on the effects of gambling, can you help?

To speak to someone about a gambling problem, contact or call 0800 0886725

Is the lottery legal?

Yes, we operate in compliance with all Gambling Commission requirements and the lottery is administered by a certified External Lottery Manager.

Someone called me on the telephone about the lottery, how do I know they were genuine?

We use an external team to contact people on the phone. The company we use are called Mango and they are based in Bangor, Co. Down. The telephone number they call from is 02891243833. If you call the number back, you will hear an answer phone message. Please contact our Lottery Helpline on 02890680745 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm) if you have any concerns.

How can I give you feedback on the lottery?

If you have any concerns, please call us on 02890680745 or 02890680740 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm) or email and we will endeavour to answer any queries you may have.