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Lotteries

To run a small society lottery you need to make an application for a small  society lottery registration under the Gambling Act 2005.  The application form must be accompanied by the relevant fee  and there is an annual renewal fee if you wish to continue the registration.


The Act defines a society as non commercial if it is established and conducted for-

  • charitable purposes
  • the purpose of enabling participation in, or in supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity, or
  • any other non-commercial purpose than that of private gain.


To be a small lottery the proceeds from one lottery must not exceed £20,000 or the total income from all the lotteries run by your organisation must not exceed £250,000 in a calendar year.  If you plan to exceed these limits you will be classed as operating a large lottery and this must be licensed by the Gambling Commission.