Support Explore by playing the Unity Lottery and you may win up to £25,000 for yourself as well.

For every £1 played at least 50p comes straight to Explore, the other 50p is split between the prize pot and administration costs.

By joining the Explore York Unity Lottery you will be helping us extend and enrich our essential work. The money we raise could spark a child living in poverty to go to university. It could help a disabled person discover a hidden talent for art. Or it could help an older person to unlock a new world of digital opportunities.

Join the Explore Lottery here

How do I buy lottery tickets?

You can buy lottery tickets by setting up a Direct Debit lottery subscription here, which is the easiest way to ensure you’re entered into the draw each week, or by cheque/credit card.

Alternatively, you can telephone Unity on 0370 050 9240and request an entry form for the Explore 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 your unique numbers.

Can I have more than one entry?

Yes. Each £1 entry buys you one ‘chance’ of winning in the lottery. In accordance with Unity’s commitment to responsible gambling, they offer a maximum of 20 entries each month per person.

£1/week£2/week£3/week
1 chance to win 2 chances to win 3 chances to win
50p goes to Explore each week£1 goes to Explore each week £1.50 goes to Explore each week

How old do I have to be to enter?

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

Why am I sent to another website when making a payment online?

When taking payments Explore use a secure payments system provided by our External Lottery Manager. This ensures your details are taken in a safe and secure manner when you enter the lottery online.

What happens if I lose connection to the internet while entering?

We advise you to call the Unity Lottery helpline on 0370 050 9240and we will be able to assist you and confirm whether or not a payment was taken successfully.

Are my entries eligible for Gift Aid?

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

Why is Explore running a weekly lottery?

A lottery is a fun and engaging way for Explore to raise funds. The lottery is promoted and run to help raise essential funds for Explore, the beneficiary charity. Profits from the lottery go to Explore.

What is the Unity Lottery?

The Unity Lottery is an umbrella lottery platform which charities of all shapes and sizes can use to run their own fundraising lotteries. The Unity Lottery draw takes place every Saturday, and each ticket gives players the chance of winning one of four fantastic prizes. Each entry costs just £1.

Where does the money go, exactly?

For every £1 played, at least 50p goes straight to Explore as profit. The other 50p is split between the prize pot and administration costs.

How can Explore offer £25,000 as a top prize?

When a player wins a prize, this is covered by the Unity prize pot. This means that charities using Unity for their fundraising lotteries can offer a £25,000 jackpot and smaller prizes to their players. 

What are the odds of winning a prize?

The odds of winning any prize in Unity is 1 in 63. Everyone in Unity has an equal chance of winning, no matter which charity they support or how many players that charity has. This is one of the main benefits for Explore in joining a scheme like Unity. 

What can I win?

The Unity lottery prize structure is based on a 6 digit number match, in the correct sequence, as follows:

  • 3 digit match = 5 entries into the next draw
  • 4 digit match = £25
  • 5 digit match = £1,000
  • 6 digit match = £25,000

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

For questions about the lottery or your lottery membership, please call the Unity Lottery Helpline: 0370 050 9240 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm)

Alternatively, please fill in this contact form