The main purpose is to raise money for 'worthy' causes in the village, with the added opportunity to win prizes. The prize money is 50% of the monthly monies raised - so clearly, the more lottery shares sold, the more money in the prize pot, and the more money raised for Downe. The Downe Lottery Committee (see below) agrees and invites bids for funding, and details are published on Downe Mailing, on the Downe Village web site and in The Parish Magazine.
How it works
After receiving a completed standing order form, the Lottery Promoter allocates the applicant a set of six numbers for every £2 monthly share purchased. The lottery is based on football results - prizes will be awarded to the holder(s) of the share numbers that week which match the teams with the highest scores. If there are no winners that week, the money rolls over.
Each subscriber to the lottery can purchase “shares”. One share will cost £2 per month entered. Therefore £10 per month will get you five shares, or five lots of share numbers.
A share consists of three unique two-digit numbers allocated to you randomly (eg 05, 09, 14) that will be entered into the draw each weekend of that month (most months contain 4 weekends, but occasionally 5 weekends - this is a bonus, and no additional cost for the 5 draw months).
The lottery uses football results each week to calculate a set of winning numbers. The system does not rely on teams or any allegiance to a team - the idea is to purely produce random winning share numbers each week.
Each weekend, your numbers will correspond to three teams - easily identifiable from the "lottery card" (see below). Each week the teams move along the grid, so the teams that your share numbers correspond to change weekly.
If the numbers that your team relates to are the three highest scoring that week, you win. If more than three teams are joint highest scoring, the prize will be split between all winners (subject to a minimum of £10) - anything lower than this will be put back into the pot and rolled over to the following week.
Shares must be purchased by standing order from your bank on the first of each month, and winnings will be paid at the end of the month back into your bank account. You can either set up a standing order yourself (via electronic banking) or we can forward to your bank. Either way, the standing order form is needed (see below)
Lottery summary report for 2018
With the year coming to a close, I'd like to present a summary of our 3rd year in the life of the Downe Lottery.
After the December subscriptions we have:-
£3,064 in the pot for 'Good Causes'
Repaid the debt to a village benefactor for the Heritage Streetlights
Provided a bench to the village orchard (cost £560)
Provided much needed internet service to the village hall.
We have completely covered all the initial startup costs.
Up to the close of Oct we have paid out very close to £2,000 in prize money. This includes the special £100 Christmas draw approved by the committee again for 2018.
We currently have 59 subscribers with 224 shares between them, so an average of 3.8 shares per subscriber. We had 5 new subscribers join in the year and 2 leavers. The leavers were both triggered only by leaving the village.
Lottery Committee member, Steve Barnes, has been looking into providing a village information board which was one of the suggestions from subscribers. He has been trying, so far unsuccessfully to obtain a National Lottery Heritage Grant to cover all or part of the cost. So, only if this avenue is blocked, will we use Downe Lottery funds to deliver this for 2019.
As always, I have to mention that none of this would be possible without the 59 current subscribers who contribute every month and have a chance of winning a cash prize. It is through their commitment, that we are growing a pot of money to make a difference to our village. If anyone would like to consider joining for 2019, please email 'email@example.com'. You can also find an application form on the Lottery page of the Downe Village website. The more subscribers we
have, the more we can do for the village and in a shorter timeframe.
It just remains for me to wish everyone, compliments of the season and all the very best for 2019.
Tony Dixon. Lottery Co-ordinator
On behalf of the Lottery Committee
Please email Tony Dixon, at for a standing order form (or print one off below) and return to one of the addresses on the form. You can set up your standing order (a) online or (b) send the form back to Tony to send to your bank. Full details are on the form.
Either way, Tony will need a completed form back before allocating your numbers.
We hope that you will join us in supporting Downe and have a bit of fun working out if you have won the jackpot!
The Lottery Committee
Tony Dixon (lottery co-ordinator)
Mike Bingold is the promoter/licence holder
Download the standing order instruction
This standing order form acts as both your application form and (if necessary) we can send it to your bank
Data privacy notice - by completing the Downe Lottery standing order instruction you are agreeing (by ticking the relevant box) to your personal details being held and processed for the purposes of the Downe Lottery. Should you become a winner, you will receive an e-mail notification and the bank account details supplied will be used to pay your winnings. You can unsubscribe at any time by contacting the lottery co-ordinator - Tony Dixon - at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the lottery card
The lottery card is used to match the top scoring teams each week against a grid of changing numbers (new card for 2017/2018)
Read the rules of the lottery
The rules of the lottery can be seen here
The Downe Lottery is operated under licence from Bromley Council