The Rainbow Lottery – supporting LGBTQ good causes

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The Rainbow Lottery is the UK’s first lottery dedicated to supporting LGBTQ good causes, currently numbered over 100 across the UK.

Who does the Rainbow Lottery support?

Given the current cost of living crisis whilst still suffering the impact of Covid, more and more people are turning to charity to help support them in their everyday lives. The Rainbow Lottery, incorporated in 2021, was set up by Tom Gattos and his partner David Murray and currently supports over 100 good causes across the country.

Many of these initiatives are small, community-based projects that benefit from the national platform which The Rainbow Lottery provides. All of these projects are dedicated to supporting LGBTQ community. For example, The George House Trust, The LGBT Foundation, Mermaids, Naz and Matt Foundation, TRUK Listens, Switchboard, The Ben Cohen Stand-Up Foundation, Tonic Housing, trans groups, community centres, educational groups, sports groups, counselling centres and Pride groups right across the UK from Glasgow Pride in the North to Cornwall Pride in the South.

How do you play the Rainbow Lottery?

Those wanting to play should register on the site, then select from one of the good causes (charities) to support, and finally select how many tickets to buy. Each ticket for the Rainbow Lottery costs £1 per week. A weekly draw takes place every Saturday night. If you match all 6 numbers you win the jackpot. Lucky winners will be notified by email, which has a link to your Rainbow Lottery account to claim your winnings.
From every £1 ticket you buy, 50p will go to your selected LGBTQ good cause, and 10p to other good causes improving the community.

What can you win?

As well as supporting the LGBTQ community each week, you could win the jackpot of £25,000 or one of the other prizes: £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets!

For more information and to buy a ticket and support a local cause, visit

About Tim Firmager

Tim divides his time being a Digital Consultant in The City and as a food and travel writer across the globe. When he's not working as one of the Lifestyle Editors here at Vada, he's planning his next trip, or on the lookout for the latest food crazes or unusual foods in London's markets.