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Gambling and lotteries

We want to run a small society lottery

If a society wishes to run a small lottery, for example, a raffle or tombola for a non-commercial society, it may need to register it with us. Some small lotteries do not require registration with the Council. This is detailed in the Gambling Act 2005.

Once registered you do not need to register again, unless we cancel your registration due to non-payment of the annual fee or the society has advised us they wish to cancel they wished to cancel.

A non-commercial society must be run:

  • for charitable purposes
  • to help people take part in, or to support, sports or cultural activities e.g. theatre
  • for any non-commercial purposes other than those for private gain

A small society lottery must not have ticket sales worth:

  • more than £20,000 for a single draw
  • more than £250,000 in a calendar year

Lottery tickets can't be sold in public places such as Town Centres.

For more detailed information about the rules of small society lotteries, view our helpful information document on small society lotteries.

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