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Submit my small society lottery returns

When do I need to complete a lottery return?

A completed lottery return needs to be submitted within 3 months after the lottery was drawn.

This allows us to assess whether financial limits are being followed and to make sure that any money raised is used for the right intentions.

What do I need to include on my lottery return?

Follow these guidance notes with the return.

You will need to include:

  • The signature of two adult members of your society who have been appointed in writing (electronic signatures are acceptable.) A copy of the appointment must be uploaded or sent to us with the return.
  • The date on which tickets were available for sale or supply, the dates the draw took place and value of prizes, including donated prizes and any rollover.
  • The total proceeds from the lottery or lotteries.
  • The amount that has been deducted for prizes and the costs incurred in organising the lottery, not including the registration fee.
  • All donated prizes. However, do not include them as part of the cost of prizes section as the society hasn't bought them out of the proceeds.
  • Any expenses that were incurred in connection with the lottery and deducted from the proceeds. State the amount of expenses and the source they were paid from.

The lottery return must not include any sums given to its charitable purpose that exceed its net proceeds as the additional sum did not form part of the total proceeds. For example, total proceeds were £100, the expenses were £20 and the cost of the prizes were £30, the maximum amount it can give to its charitable purpose of the lottery is £50. It may decide to donate £100, but only £50 came from the lottery with the other £50 coming from another revenue source.

How do I submit my lottery returns?

Complete a lottery returns form.

You can attach any spreadsheets or additional documents in support of your return.

Completed returns forms can be sent to us via email or to:

South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
BA20 2HT

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