If lottery tickets are being sold to the general public then you must apply to the local authority for registration. You must be registered for raffle, tombolas, 200 clubs and any event which involves the sale of tickets and an element of chance.
All proceeds must be for charitable purposes or participation in, or support of, athletic sports or games or cultural activities. For lotteries you must set out the amount collected, the amount given in prizes and any deducted expenses.
All lotteries held under this registration must have properly printed tickets showing:
- registration number
- name of promoting society
- promoter's name and address
- the council which has registered the charity
- date of the draw.
However, if the raffle tickets are sold and the raffle drawn on the same day, for example at dinner dances or garden fetes, then you will not need a certificate of registration.
How much does a Licence Cost?
An initial licence costs £40. A renewal licence costs £20.
Please note the licence runs from 1 January until 31 December and is renewable on the 1 January each year regardless of when the initial licence was issued.
Applying for a Lottery Licence
You can download the following forms from the website:
- Application for Registration
- Guidance Notes & FAQ's
- Small Society Lotteries Return Form
- Application Renewal Form
- Appointment of Certifying Members Form
For comprehensive information on the lottery, including regulations, licences and retailer information, visit the Gambling Commission website.