About your lottery

How Does it Work

What’s in it for me?

More than £480,000 in prizes and £1.2 million every year to enhance the lives of all in the Naval Service through grants to reduce the personal contributions for those taking part in sport, AT and challenging activities. Your Sports Lottery also provides some items of sports equipment - so although you may not have won a cash prize yet, you have almost certainly already benefited from the funding provided.

Why do we need a Sports Lottery?

The RN/RM Sports Lottery (RNSL) was set up in 1991 to generate non-public funds to support all levels of sport, adventure training and recreation in the Naval Service.  This is achieved by enhancing existing public funds (money provided through the MOD) and by granting funds for approved activities and equipment that fall outside the scope of public funding.

Who can join?

Serving RN/RM and RNR/RMR personnel are eligible to join the RNSL and membership is mandatory in order to benefit from direct grants that have a Lottery funding element. To date, 88% of the Naval Service are members.

Where does the money go?

Prizes - weekly lottery draws     23%
Direct grants to ships/units/establishments     34%
Indirect grants to Associations/Regions     26%
Major Grants for large projects     15%
Running Costs:     2%

How do I know it is fair and properly managed?

The RNSL is licensed through the Gambling Commission (Government Department).  Every ticket paid for is entered into a weekly draw (52 separate lotteries) and winners are selected using a Gambling Commission approved computer random number generator. Every TICKET PAID FOR GOES INTO EVERY DRAW and all valid tickets therefore have the same chance of winning in every weekly draw. Official details about your Sports Lottery can be found at www.rnsportslottery.co.uk .

What can I win?

The current prize structure is:
1st number drawn wins £5,000
2nd number drawn wins £1,800
3rd number drawn wins £800
4th number drawn wins £600

5th number drawn wins £500

6th number drawn wins £400

In addition there are extra monthly draws of 10 prizes of £100.

How do I know if I have won?

Prize winners will be notified by letter and draw results will be published by email, on the RN intranet and in Navy News. Click here to see winners lists

How do I pay and how much?

Lottery tickets are 75p per ticket per week and, for those paid through JPA, payments are taken from pay each month until a participant decides to withdraw or leave the Service.

Applicants may purchase up to a maximum of six tickets each week so that:

1 ticket   = £0.75p per week x4 = £3 per month
2 tickets = £1.50p per week x4 = £6 per month
3 tickets = £2.25p per week x4 = £9 per month
4 tickets = £3.00p per week x4 = £12 per month
5 tickets = £3.75p per week x4 = £15 per month
6 tickets = £4.50p per week x4 = £18 per month
(Note: Although there are 52 draws per year, JPA statements will reflect some months with 5 draws (5 Saturdays) as 5x weekly ticket holdings).
How can I join, change the number of tickets I hold, or leave?

Full Time Personnel: You can join the RNSL, amend ticket holdings or leave by completing a form JPAE015 or contacting Gym/unit PT staff. You can also contact the Sports Lottery office by phone or email, see Contact page for details.

RN/RM Reservists: You can join the RNSL by completing the RNR/RMR joining form, paying by Bankers Standing Order. You can also contact the Sports lottery office by phone or email, see Contact page for details.