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What is a lottery?

Small society lotteries

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Lotteries are one of the most popular types of gambling in the UK.

What is a lottery?

A lottery is any arrangement in which people pay to take part and prizes are allocated by a process that relies on chance. Examples would include:

  • a raffle
  • a Tombola
  • 100 club draws, and
  • scratch cards.

Lotteries cannot be run for private or commercial gain.

If you want to run a lottery for fund raising you will need to register with the local authority where your head office is located.

Local authorities only deal with pdf icon small society lotteries guidance notes [134kb]. For any other type of lottery you must contact the Gambling Commission.

Small society lotteries

Society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted:

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

Apply to be registered

Please ensure that you have read and understood the pdf icon guidance document [134kb] before making an application.

An pdf icon application fee [89kb] must be paid when you make your pdf icon application for registration of a small society lottery [127kb].

You will need to send the following supporting documents with your application:

  • Details on how the lottery will be run.
  • Terms and conditions or constitution of the society.
  • Minute or other resolution duly certified saying that the above has been adopted. This document must include details of the promoter and the persons nominated to sign the returns.

We will confirm that we have received your application, supporting documentation and fee in writing.

Once the society is registered, we will inform the Gambling Commission.


The society is also required to provide a pdf icon return [35kb] after each lottery. This return must be sent to us no later than three months from the day on which the draw took place.

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