Small society lotteries can operate without a Gambling Commission licence if they register with us.
Society lotteries are promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society. This is a society that is established and conducted for:
- charitable purposes
- enabling participation in sport or cultural activity
- any non commercial purpose other than that of private gain.
Lotteries are arrangements where people pay to participate for the chance of winning a prize. Raffles, tombolas, sweepstakes are all types of lotteries.
A small society lottery
- does not have proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw
- does not have aggregated proceeds from lotteries in excess of £250,000 in any one year
Most charities fall into this category.
Lotteries with proceeds exceeding £20,000 per lottery or £250,000 in a calendar year are regulated by the Gambling Commission.