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Œuvres caritatives en Suisse

Il y a deux opérateurs de loterie officiels en Suisse : Swisslos et Loterie Romande. Swisslos soutient des programmes sportifs nationaux, l’équipe olympique et l’accès de la jeunesse au football, tout en se concentrant également sur les cantons germanophones de Suisse et du Tessin, à travers des secteurs comme la culture, le sport, les questions sociales et l’environnement. Loterie Romande soutient les œuvres de charité dans les cantons francophones, notamment dans les domaines du sport, du social, de l’éducation, de la santé, de la culture, de la recherche, du patrimoine, de l’environnement et du tourisme.

Good Causes by Country

View information about Good Causes for the following EuroMillions countries:

UK

In the UK, 28p from every £1 spent on National Lottery games, including EuroMillions, is set aside for good causes. More than £40 billion has been raised since the National Lottery began, with over £30 million per week being added to the Good Causes Fund.

More than half a million awards have been granted to projects across the UK, and the figure keeps rising sharply each year. The funds collected are distributed by a number of bodies, covering four main categories – Sports, Arts, Heritage, and Health Education, Environment and Charitable Causes.

The money is split proportionally as set out by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport:

Austria

Österreichische Lotterien, which runs EuroMillions in Austria, has been sponsoring good causes under the motto of ‘good for Austria’ since 1986. Austria’s Olympic and Paralympic Committees have been backed by funds raised through lottery games in Austria. A range of other humanitarian and research projects have also benefited, while money has been raised to help the protection of pandas, lynx and bearded vultures.

Belgium

The Belgian National Lottery is committed to helping various good causes and offers grants and sponsorships to a host of projects. A total of €185.3 million was made available for public service grants in 2016, split between 61.95% for humanitarian and social work, 27.44% for donations to the community, 6.5% for culture, 2.92% for sport and 1.19% for science.

France

Française des Jeux, the French National Lottery, is committed to developing athletes with sponsorship programmes, providing social support through sport and helping disabled people access sports. It achieves these aims through funds from games like EuroMillions, which are distributed by the lottery’s foundation. The company also sponsors the Française des Jeux professional cycling team, which was founded in 1997.

Ireland

More than €5 billion has been raised for good causes since the Irish National Lottery began in 1987, and approximately 30% of the funds generated from games such as EuroMillions are donated to worthy projects. The money is distributed across the country, supporting local initiatives and larger organisations such as the CROCUS Centre for people with cancer, the Dyslexia Association and the Asthma Society.

Luxembourg

The net profit on all Luxembourg lottery games, including EuroMillions, is donated to good causes in the fields of health, sport, culture, social issues and the environment. The Nationale Grande-Duchesse Charlotte is responsible for distributing the grants on behalf of the lottery and has awarded almost €220 million to date, with beneficiaries including the Luxembourg Red Cross, the National Cultural Fund.

Portugal

The Portuguese Department of Games runs lotteries such as EuroMillions and donates the majority of net income to government departments who distribute the funds in the areas of health, sport, culture and social issues. Of the money provided for beneficiaries across Portugal and its islands, 28% is pledged to Santa Casa Misericordia de Lisboa, a charity dating from the 15th century which runs hospitals and other health centres, as well as supporting a wide range of other projects.

Spain

Loterias y Apuestas del Estado allocates its profits to an array of good causes devoted to social issues, sport, culture, education and the environment. Some of the charitable organisations to benefit from funds from EuroMillions and other lottery games are the Spanish Association Against Cancer, the Olympic Sports Association and San Ildefonso Primary School.

Switzerland

There are two official lottery operators in Switzerland — Swisslos and Loterie Romande. Swisslos supports national sports programmes such as the Olympic team and youth development in football, whilst also focusing on the German-speaking cantons of Switzerland and Ticino across sectors such as culture, sport, social issues and the environment. Loterie Romande provides support for good causes in the French-speaking cantons, benefiting the areas of sport, social action, education, health, culture, research, heritage, the environment and tourism.

Tickets Bought in Person

For both the main EuroMillions draw, and the additional HotPicks game, you can claim any winnings by following the procedures outlined below.

Amount Won How to Claim
Up to £100 Take your ticket to any authorised retailer and have it scanned by a member of staff. Successful entries produce a ‘win sound’ and a receipt will be produced which will tell you the value of your prize.
£101 — £500 Some retailers can pay out amounts of up to £500 in cash at their discretion, but they are not obliged to do so. If a retailer cannot pay you can either return at an agreed time, go to another retailer or visit a designated National Lottery Post Office. However, if the retailer has already validated your ticket, you will have to return to the same establishment when they have the funds available.
£501 — £50,000 Visit a National Lottery Post Office or a regional payout centre and complete a claim form. Winnings will be paid by cheque, although Post Offices can issue up to £500 in cash out of any prize won.Any winnings of up to £50,000 can also be redeemed by post. Players must write their name and address on the back of their ticket and complete a claim form for prizes over £5,000. The postal address is: The National Lottery, Accounts Department, PO Box 287, Watford, WD18 9TT.
£50,001 and over Contact the National Lottery directly by ringing 0333 234 50 50. Upon completing a claim form and presenting a valid form on identification, prizes can be received at an agreed location.

For more information about affiliated Post Offices and Regional Centres, visit the main UK Lottery Claims page.

Methods of redeeming non-cash prizes, such as those awarded on Mega Week draws, will be detailed in the specific rules created for the individual draw.

Online Winners

Amount Won How to Claim
Up to £500 Prizes up to £500 are paid directly into your National Lottery account.
£501 — £30,000 This is paid to the debit card associated with your National Lottery account, but you need to confirm the payment should be made before it can be issued.
£30,001 — £50,000 Contact the National Lottery Customer Care team on 0333 234 44 33 and quote your ticket number. You will be paid either by cheque or directly into your bank account.
£50,001 and over Contact the National Lottery Customer Care team on 0333 234 44 33 and quote your ticket number. Once your claim has been verified, you must collect your winnings in person. The National Lottery reserves the right to choose whether to issue your payment as a cheque or bank transfer.

Direct Debit and Pingit

For players who pay by Direct Debit, prizes of up to £50,000 are directly transferred into the bank or building society account associated with the payment. Pingit prizes are paid into your Pingit account. For sums worth more than £50,000, you must contact the Customer Care Team to arrange the receipt of your winnings.

Syndicates and Subscriptions

If you joined an online syndicate, or chose your EuroMillions numbers online through theLotter.com, then you will receive any prizes directly into your private account. For larger amounts, you will need to contact their support team to arrange collection of your winnings.

Tickets Purchased Outside the UK

It is only possible to collect a EuroMillions prize in the country where the ticket was purchased. Players who purchased an entry in another country must return there to claim their money. Below are the details for the length of time before prizes expire in each of the other eight participating countries:

Country Tickets Are Valid For EuroMillions Operator
Austria 3 years Österreichische Lotterien
Belgium 140 days Nationale Loterij
France 60 days FDJ
Ireland 90 days Irish National Lottery
Luxembourg 60 days Loterie Nationale Luxembourg
Portugal 90 days Jogos Santa Casa
Spain 90 days Loterías y Apuestas del Estado
Switzerland 180 days Swisslos

Small prizes will be redeemable from any authorised retailer in the country. If you win a larger amount, or even the jackpot, then you will need to contact that country’s official operator for advice.

Tax

Only three of the nine participating countries charge taxes on lottery winnings:

  • Spain — Prizes of €40,000 or more are taxed at 20%
  • Switzerland — A 35% tax is owed on any winnings worth over CHF1 million
  • Portugal — Prize amounts over €5,000 are taxed at 20%
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