Responsible gaming

It’s important to us that our Weekly Lottery and raffles are a fun way for you to support RNIB, but that they never have a detrimental effect.

Responsible gamblingOur commitment to responsible gaming

We are committed to operating our Weekly Lottery and raffles in a socially responsible way. We want them to be fun to play, whilst raising charitable funds, but not in a way that is detrimental to the vulnerable - such as low income groups or players under the age of 16 years old. Whilst the majority of people do gamble within their means, for some, gambling can become a problem. It may help you to keep control to remember the following:

  • Gambling should be entertaining and not seen as a way of making money
  • Avoid chasing losses
  • Only gamble what you can afford to lose
  • Keep track of the time and amount you spend gambling.

Self exclusion

If you want to have a break from gambling you can use our self-exclusion option for our Weekly Lottery or raffles by writing to us with your name, address and supporter number(s) at:

RNIB Lottery
Bumpers Way
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN14 6NG.

We will then close your account(s) for a minimum period of six months, during which time it will not be possible for the account(s) to be re-opened for any reason. The Woods Group operate the lottery and raffles on our behalf as External Lottery Managers.

Problem gambling

If you are concerned that gambling may have taken over your (or someone else's) life then the following questions may help you find out:

  • Do you stay away from work, college or school to gamble?
  • Do you gamble to escape from a boring or unhappy life?
  • When gambling and you run out of money, do you feel lost and in despair and need to gamble again as soon as possible?
  • Do you gamble until your last penny is gone, even leaving nothing for the fare home or the cost of a cup of tea?
  • Have you ever lied to cover up the amount of money or time you have spent gambling?
  • Have others ever criticised your gambling?
  • Have you lost interest in your family, friends or hobbies?
  • After losing, do you feel you must try and win back your losses as soon as possible?
  • Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble?
  • Do you feel depressed or even suicidal because of your gambling?

The more you answer 'yes' to these questions, the more likely you are to have a serious gambling problem.

Contact GamCare

If you need to talk to someone about problem gambling then contact GamCare. GamCare is a registered charity that provides confidential telephone support and counselling to anyone who is affected by problem gambling. You can call GamCare's confidential helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visit the GamCare website for further information.

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Other information

Licensed by the Gambling Commission of Great Britain under the 2005 Gambling Act. Registered charity number 226227.

Licence holder:
Steven Greenberg
RNIB
105 Judd Street
London
WC1H 9NE

If you have any questions about the RNIB raffle, please email us at fundraising@rnib.org.uk or call us on 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

If you have any questions about the RNIB Weekly Lottery please email us at RNIB@weeklylottery.org.uk or call us on 0845 6016 936 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). RNIB is proud to be a member of the Fundraising Standards Board.

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