FAQs for Good Causes

What is Hive Lotto?

Hive Lotto is a weekly community Lottery brought to you by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council. It provides a simple way for good causes to raise funds. When someone buys a ticket for £1 they will be entered into a draw to win cash prizes up to £25,000. At least 50p from every ticket goes to good causes.

 Who can get involved?

Any good cause can get involved as long as it is designated as not for profit and can demonstrate good corporate governance. The criteria for becoming a participating member can be found here.

 How does my good cause get involved?

If your good cause meets the above criteria then you can apply to join here. If you are approved, you’ll also need to agree to our terms and conditions of membership.

Are there any registration fees?

No, there are no fees. All the administration costs and responsibilities that come with running a lottery, including the prize fund, are covered by 32p from each £1 ticket.

How will we benefit from Hive Lotto?

For every £1 ticket purchased through your fundraising page your good cause will receive 50p. The more tickets bought through your page the more money your good cause will raise.

By joining Hive Lotto instead of running a lottery yourselves, good causes are spared the administration cost and responsibilities that come with running a lottery as these are covered by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and Capen. This means you can direct your time and the funds you raise towards your own good cause’s development.

When will we receive the money?

Good causes will receive their share of the income on a quarterly basis, in arrears.

How much work is involved for us?

There is not much work involved for good causes and it is not intended to be onerous.

However, there are a few key tasks you will need to undertake in order to make the Lottery work for you:

  • Promote Hive Lotto to your members and participants to raise awareness and encourage them to buy tickets through your page

  • To provide examples and case studies to the Hive Lotto team of how the money has been spent by your good cause

You will be supported by Hive Lotto to help you promote the lottery and make the most of your involvement.

 There will not be any extra burden on your finance team to manage the lottery’s funds, although you will have to bank, spend and account for the money you raise through the Lottery.

Can we leave the Lottery?

Yes, you can leave the Lottery at any point. Your membership will not be terminated until after the next scheduled draw when you will receive your final share of the funds. Your obligations will continue to apply in respect of the funds you have received.

Where does the rest of the money go?

50% (more than twice the minimum Gambling Commission requirements) of the revenue from tickets bought through a good cause’s page goes directly to the good cause. A further 18% is spent across good causes in Tonbridge and Malling. The remaining 32% is split between the prizes and the cost of administering the lottery.

Who is Capen?

Capen is our expert External Lottery Manager responsible for administering the lottery and distributing the prizes. Capen is licensed with the Gambling Commission as External Lottery Manager (Type F, Remote) license number 000-036257-R-317724-001.

What is Zaffo?

Zaffo is a ground-breaking digital toolkit, created by Capen, that allows any charity, club, business or individual to raise funds and engage with their community by setting up an online raffle, lottery or prize draw. Capen’s Zaffo Lotto product is powering Hive Lotto. Find out more

Who is Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council (TMBC)?

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is the Local Authority that holds the Operating Licence and will promote the lottery. It has been established to enable TMBC to continue to support the good causes in their community.