1. Small society lotteries overview
Small society lotteries are often referred to as raffles or draws and can be a good way to raise funds for charitable purposes.
If money is paid for the chance to win a prize where no skill, judgement or knowledge affects the outcome, this is known as a lottery. If your society wants to do this you may need to register with us.
Societies/clubs who run small society lotteries, that is to say lotteries which are not large lotteries (essentially those in which £20,000 worth of tickets, or less, are put on sale and where the society’s aggregate proceeds from lotteries do not exceed £250,000 a year) may operate without a Gambling Commission licence provided they register with their licensing authority.
If your proceeds/prizes exceed these amounts you will need to be licensed as a large society lottery with the Gambling Commission.
These are not required to be registered with the Licensing Authority nor do they need to obtain a licence from the Gambling Commission:
- incidental non - commercial lotteries - mainly held at charity fund raising events.
- private society lotteries
- work lotteries
- residents lotteries
- customer lotteries
If all of the tickets are sold on the same day as the draw, for example at a fête or dance, this wouldn't need registering and can still be run using 'cloakroom tickets'.