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About us


Raising funds for local causes

We run a weekly lottery draw in support of local causes. It costs just £1 per week to play and lottery members are making a difference to people in their local community who benefit from the fantastic local causes that we support. We love making smiles.


100% of profits to charity

Reducing Overheads for Local Charities

By working with local causes in this way, overheads and costs are kept to a minimum which means that a minimum of 40% of make a smile lottery income goes back to charity - the rest goes towards the costs of running the draw and prize fund. (The percentage each charity receives does vary- a minimum of 20p in every £1 played goes towards your chosen charity). You choose which local cause you wish to support with your membership.

You can either play by setting up a direct debit for £4.34 a month

This is really easy, as it covers you for all 52 weekly draws throughout the year!


helping while playing


make a smile lottery began its life in July 2017, with our first charity partner Wessex Heartbeat. Our team, based at St Helena in Colchester have over 18 years experience in running and administering Your Hospice Lottery. In that time a total of £12 million has been raised for hospice care.

We have now launched make a smile lottery from our same Colchester offices, which will support registered charities. We are delighted to be able to bring our knowledge and expertise of running a lottery to the rest of the charitable sector.

In April 2018 we were recognised on a national level for our lottery services by being shortlisted for a National Fundraising Award in the category for Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign.

In October 2019 we increased the prize fund with a higher top weekly prize of £1,000 and a higher rollover jackpot of £250 up to a maximum of £10,000. In April 2020 we added a further 45 x £10 prizes to our weekly prize fund!

In April 2020, our rollover jackpot was won of £6,250!

In June 2020 we introduced 3 new charity partners, Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex, The RSPCA Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk Branch and Mid & North East Essex Mind.

You must be 16 or over to play make a smile lottery. Please play responsibly. Responsible gambling support: www.begambleaware.org. make a smile lottery is wholly owned by St Helena Hospice, a charity working with other charities to raise much needed funds. Promoter: St Helena Hospice trading as make a smile lottery. St Helena Hospice Limited is licensed and regulated in Great Britain by the Gambling Commission under account number 4685 www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk. St Helena Hospice is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales Number 01511841. Registered Charity Number 280919. Registered Office: Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU. make a smile lottery office: 6 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester, CO4 9AS. make a smile lottery Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions can be viewed on our website.