Penrith Lottery was founded in July 2010 with the backing of Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce and also the support of many local businesses including Penrith Building Society, Atkinson Builders, Penrith Building Supplies, Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, AST Signs, H&H Reeds Printers, AW Jenkinsons, Richardsons and Cranstons.
As the town’s community lottery, we give local people the chance to contribute to the wellbeing of the area, as well as making our lucky winners that little bit wealthier!
We run a draw every Wednesday costing just £2 a week to enter, and all our profits after expenses are given to local good causes as grants.
We’re here to help the organisations that make our community a great place to live and work. We also support events and initiatives that make Penrith and the surrounding area an attractive and vibrant place to live and work.
The Lottery Committee
Penrith Lottery is run by a voluntary committee who meet once a month to assess grant applications, discuss development and strategy and review finances and membership figures.
Richard Utting helped start the lottery through Penrith Chamber of Trade in 2010 and has acted as its Promoter ever since. From small beginnings he has seen the lottery develop and is extremely proud in the way it has supported many local community groups and organisations, some of which would not have received help without it.
Joe joined the committee in September 2018, and took over as Treasurer in early 2019. Joe is an accountant and is Company Secretary at PFK.
Maggie has lived in and around Penrith her whole life, and started at Tynefield School (now part of UCC) on the day it opened. She had a variety of office roles until she realised she preferred baking to admin, and opened Maggie's Bakery in 1992. Maggie helped to launch Penrith Lottery, and has been a committee member since its inception.
Following a career in the Public Sector (Civil Service and Health Service) Peter moved with his wife, Maureen, to Penrith where he has been able to support - as a volunteer - a number of organisations in Penrith and the Scottish Borders, including the lottery, CAfS and Eden Credit Union.
Elspeth lives and works in Penrith as Finance Director to Penrith Building Society. She became a committee member in September 2018. She has good knowledge of both businesses and charities in the community and is keen where possible to support good local initiatives.
Charlie has lived in the Penrith area for nearly 20 years and has developed a good understanding of the needs and ambitions for the local community. He has worked with a range organisations, providing him with a useful insight into how the community works together to deliver projects.
We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in becoming a committee member.
We meet once a month, normally on a Thursday evening, to discuss grant applications, the running of the lottery, accounts, membership and marketing.
Committee Meeting dates for 2021:
For information on our constitution, please click here. As a small, community lottery, we are registered and licenced by Eden District Council. As requested, each year we submit our annual figures to them. You can click here to see our licence details.
The committee employs a part-time member of staff to manage the day to day running of the lottery.
Admin & Marketing Georgina Stephenson
Georgina has over 20 years experience in marketing and event management. She works with several local projects, and is also a volunteer for Girlguiding.
Penrith Building Society has partnered with us to offer a special Affinity Account that allows savers to contribute to Penrith Lottery. Penrith Building Society will make a cash payment each year to Penrith Lottery equal to 0.50% gross interest on the average total balance held in all Penrith Lottery Affinity Accounts. This means the more supporters who save in the scheme, the bigger the cash payment will be to Pride in Penrith Lottery.
If you are interested in opening an account, call into the Penrith Building Society on King Street, Penrith, where you can apply or find out more on the Penrith Building Society website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? We’ve compiled a list below of our most common questions and answers, simply click to expand.
If you can’t see your question on the list, don’t despair, contact us and we will be happy to advise.
You can pay monthly by Direct Debit, or six monthly or annually by cheque.
Yes. Pick four numbers between 1 and 31 and enter them on the application form. If you’d prefer us to pick your numbers for you, on the application form, tick to select a Lucky Dip facility and our specialist software will select four random numbers for you. We’ll let you know what numbers have been selected for you.
When you sign up to join the lottery, your personal details are entered on our specialist software provided by Tower Lotteries. This also includes the numbers that you have chosen, or that you’ve been issued with if you opt for a Lucky Dip. You will receive confirmation showing your numbers.
If you match all four numbers the jackpot prize would be shared, just like the National Lottery. If you match three numbers, you’ll receive the full prize of £20.
The winning numbers in each week’s draw will be published on our website and on our social media channels, so please follow us! You don’t need to check your numbers – if you’re a winner, we’ll get in touch with you. Just remember to let us know if you move house!
If you’ve moved house, got a new phone number, or changed your email address, just drop us a line using the contact form and we’ll update your details. It’s important for you to update us so we can let you know if you’ve won!
You can cancel your membership at any time. If you pay by standing order, you’ll need to notify your bank to stop the payments. However, we hope that you’ll stay with us and continue to support your local lottery.