Small Society Lotteries

A Small Society Lottery is a lottery that is promoted on behalf of a non-commercial society (such a charity or similar non-profit making organisation) to raise funds for any of the purposes for which the society or organisation is set up.

Promoting of and running a lottery is illegal, unless it is a Licensed Lottery or an Exempt Lottery. Exempt lotteries include Small Society Lotteries.


Application Form for Registration of Non-Commercial Society Lottery (Opens in a New Window)


Guidance for societies promoting lotteries (.pdf) (273KB) (Opens in a New Window)

Returns Forms

Once you have held the Lottery/Draw you will need to compete a Returns Form and submit it to the Licensing Team. 

Are You Eligible?

A Society which seeks to run a lottery 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.

How We Process Your Application

All application forms should be sent to:

Licensing Department

Broxtowe Borough Council

Foster Avenue



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.

Find out more about Fees

Find out more about Appeals and Complaints


View the Gambling Act 2005 (Opens in a New Window)

Helpful Organisations

The Gambling Commission (Opens in a New Window)

tel: 0115 917 3241