Launch of Reading Community Lottery

Primary interest
Voluntary sector
Reading Voluntary Action welcomed local charities and community groups to Thames Lido recently, for the launch of Reading Community Lottery.
About Reading Community Lottery

The new online lottery will support local good causes. Tickets will cost £1, with 60p going directly to charities, voluntary organisations and community groups (compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery). Players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot, plus smaller prizes. Local good causes can have their own lottery page created, and 50p in every pound spent by players using their webpage will be retained by them. A further 10p in every pound will go into a general Reading Community Lottery good causes fund, with the remainder being put towards prizes, operating costs and VAT. Gatherwell, a lottery management company who have launched similar lotteries elsewhere, will run the scheme.

Countdown to ticket sales going live!

The lottery will be launched to the general public at the end of the month, with ticket sales going live on Friday 28 February and the first draw taking place on Saturday 28 March 2020. If you would like to send supporters to your own Reading Community Lottery page on in time for the very first draw, then please make your application via the website by Friday 21 February (you can apply at any time, this is just to benefit from the publicity for the public launch). Thank you to all the organisations who have signed up so far – your pages will go live on 28 February!

Further information
  • Register via
  • Read the terms and conditions for good causes.
  • If you need any help with registering on the website, or you have any other questions, you can drop us a line at or call the RVA office on 0118 937 2273.
  • Reading Community Lottery is run by Gatherwell, an External Lottery Manager, promoted by Reading Voluntary Action and supported by the One Reading partnership. It is a Small Society Lottery licensed by Reading Borough Council (No: LOT000220).