Small Society Lotteries
The Gambling Act 2005 will replace The Lotteries and Amusement Act 1976. The Act sets out a definition of a Lottery and provides that promoting of and facilitating a lottery is illegal, unless it falls into one of two categories of permitted lotteries, that is:
Licensed Lotteries; and
Licensed Lotteries are large society lotteries. There are four types of exempt lotteries including those smaller society lotteries.
Small Society Lottery Registration
A Society must be non-commercial. A society is defined as non-commercial if it is established and conducted:
For charitable purposes
For the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity
For any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.
To remain a Small Society the total value of tickets sold must not exceed £20.000 or tickets in separate lotteries in one calendar year must not exceed £250.000 if you exceed these amounts you will be classed as a Large Lottery and will need a licence issued by the Gambling Commission.
An Small Society Registration can be found online on the Gambling Commission's website. (Opens in a New Window)
Registration of a Small Society Lottery - £40.00
Renew a Registration - £20.00
New Small Society Lottery Registrations run for a year from the date of issue, you will be notified before the expiry date inviting you to continue the registration.
Once you have held the Lottery/Draw you will need to compete a Returns Form and submit it to the Licensing Section. The following documentation is available to download.
Application to Register Small Society Lottery
Lottery return Form
Guidance for societies promoting lotteries