Frequently asked questions

Amnesty Weekly Lottery basics

How does the Amnesty Weekly Lottery work?

It’s a fun way to support Amnesty International UK. It costs just £1 per entry and 15 winners are electronically picked at random every Friday. You have the chance to win incredible prizes and you’re helping to support our fight for a fairer world for everyone.

What prizes can I win in the Amnesty Weekly Lottery?

Every single week, 15 lucky people will win a cash prize! For 51 weeks of the year, the top prize is £1,000. Once a year, our top prize increases to a fantastic £10,000 in the Superdraw! There are 14 other prizes up for grabs each week, ranging from £100 to £10.

Can I play the Amnesty Weekly Lottery?

You must be 18 or over to enter the Amnesty Weekly Lottery. You also need to be a resident of Great Britain. Unfortunately you can’t enter if you live in Northern Ireland, or on the Channel Islands or Isle of Man. See full terms & conditions.

How do I enter the Amnesty Weekly Lottery?

Select how many entries you would like each week. Remember the more entries you buy, the more chance you have of winning £1,000 or even £10,000 in our annual Superdraw!

Choose how you want to pay: monthly Direct Debit or a one-off payment by debit card. A Direct Debit is the easiest way to take part. You’ll never miss a draw, and it reduces our costs and helps as much money as possible fund our human rights campaigns.

To get started, you just need to fill in this secure online form.

Confirm your details and complete the payment.

That’s it! You’ll now be entered into the draw every week (as long as you have credit).

You can also contact us if you’d like to enter offline. We will post you a form. You will just need to fill in your details and pay by debit card or cheque.

How will I know if I’ve won the Amnesty Weekly Lottery?

You can check the results of all our recent draws on our winners page. There is no need to claim – if you are a lucky winner, you will receive your winners’ cheque in the post.

What are the odds of winning the Amnesty Weekly Lottery?

With 780 prizes up for grabs in total in 2024, we estimate that approximately 8.45% of players will win a cash prize over the course of the year.

Our door-to-door and private site fundraising

Why does Amnesty International UK run door-to-door campaigns?

Door-to-door fundraising is a very important and effective part of our fundraising programme. It enables fundraisers to engage with members of the public to raise awareness of the work we do, as well as find new players to our weekly lottery.

Do we use an agency?

Yes, Amnesty International UK works closely a well respected and well-known professional fundraising agency called SMILE Fundraising. All the fundraisers are highly trained, passionate and motivated by our mission.

Is it regulated?

Amnesty International UK and all the Face-to-Face agencies we work with are members of the Fundraising Regulator. We abide by the rules the Fundraising Regulator sets out in its Code of Practice and Face-to-Face Rulebooks. We closely manage our Face-to-Face campaigns to ensures our agencies are carrying out fundraising to a high standard and follow the regulations and Code of Practice.

How do I know if the fundraisers are genuine?

All our fundraisers working on behalf of Amnesty International UK wear branded clothes and ID badges. A list of the areas we will visit each week is available on this page. Please contact our Supporter Care Team, at, if you have any doubts.

Our fundraisers will only ever ask for a Direct Debit – they will never ask for cash donations.

Is signing up to give a Direct Debit secure?

Direct Debits are easy and secure. You can choose, change your donation amount or cancel it at any time. Your Direct Debit is protected by the UK’s Direct Debit guarantee, which protects you in the rare event that there is an error in the payment and lets you cancel your Direct Debit at any time.

We're committed to the highest standards of fundraising practice. If you'd like to make a complaint about the behaviour of our fundraisers or have a query about our face-to-face activity, please contact our Supporter Care Team, at

How do I amend or cancel my Direct Debit if I sign up and change my mind?

Please email

How do I make a complaint?

If you’re unhappy about something or wish to give feedback, please email a member of our Supporter Communications Team at

Please provide as much information as you can so we can investigate all complaints as thoroughly and quickly as possible. A location and description of a fundraiser are useful to any investigation.

Amnesty Superdraw

What is the Amnesty Superdraw?

It’s a special draw which takes place just once a year, where the top prize is £10,000 instead of £1,000. Amnesty Weekly Lottery players’ regular entries go into the Superdraw automatically. But we offer players and those who don’t usually play the chance to buy up to 50 tickets just for the Superdraw too!

When is the Amnesty Superdraw?

The Amnesty Superdraw this year will take place on 8 November 2024.

How do I enter the Amnesty Superdraw?

If you already play the Amnesty Weekly Lottery, your weekly entries will be automatically entered into the Superdraw. But you can buy up to 50 extra tickets to boost your odds of winning the £10,000 top prize. And don’t worry if you don’t already play the Amnesty Weekly Lottery – you can buy up to 50 chances to enter the Superdraw only. Get your tickets now.

What are the odds of winning the Amnesty Superdraw?

With 15 prizes up for grabs including our £10,000 top prize, we estimate that every entry will have a 1 in 3,607 chance of winning cash in 2023’s Superdraw.

Amnesty International's Human Rights work

Who are Amnesty International?

We are a global movement of ordinary people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights. We work to protect women, men and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We investigate and expose human rights abuses. We educate and mobilise the public to campaign for change. And we help transform societies to create a safer, more just world for everyone.

How does my money help?

Without you and other kind supporters, we wouldn’t be able to uncover and expose human rights atrocities around the world. We couldn’t campaign for people who have been unfairly imprisoned to be reunited with their families. And we couldn’t hold governments to account and demand change.

Since 1961, we’ve helped win freedom for over 50,000 wrongly imprisoned people. We’ve helped changed laws and brought perpetrators of human rights violations to justice all over the world. But we can’t stop yet and that’s why we need your support.

You can find out more about our life-changing human rights work on the main Amnesty International UK website.

How much does the Amnesty Weekly Lottery raise for human rights work?

Last year in 2023, proceeds from the Amnesty Weekly Lottery (including the Superdraw) totalled £517,399. We spent 70.49% of that on human rights work and raising further funds, 14.81% on prizes and 14.70% on running the lottery.

How is Amnesty International UK funded?

We rely on the generosity of our wonderful supporters! Almost all of our funding comes from individuals. Without people like you, we simply couldn’t stand up for fairness and the rights we’re all entitled to.

We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. We don’t seek or accept money from governments or political parties to fund our work campaigning against human rights abuses.

Data Queries & Getting in touch

How will my data be used if I sign up?

At Amnesty International UK, we believe you have a right to privacy and we take defending that right very seriously. For more information about how we process your personal data, please see our privacy notice.

How can I contact Amnesty International UK?

If you have any other queries or concerns, please email Alternatively, you can write to us at: Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.