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Running a lottery - Gambling Commission

Ticket Type of Fund Who can Who can Limits on Limits Can I claim Rollover system lottery raising? play? run one? time on place my costs? permitted? (See over). Types of lottery that require permission Small Yes, at 16 & over Society None Check Yes, for Yes A. Running a lottery Society least members with prizes and 20% of or licensing expenses. proceeds nominated authority Up to 80% of fundraisers sales Large Yes, at 16 & over Society None Not in Yes, for Yes A. including raffles, tombolas, Society least 20% of members or public street prizes and expenses. sweepstakes and more proceeds nominated Up to 80% of fundraisers sales local Yes, at 16 & over Authority None Not in Yes, for Yes A.

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1 Ticket Type of Fund Who can Who can Limits on Limits Can I claim Rollover system lottery raising? play? run one? time on place my costs? permitted? (See over). Types of lottery that require permission Small Yes, at 16 & over Society None Check Yes, for Yes A. Running a lottery Society least members with prizes and 20% of or licensing expenses. proceeds nominated authority Up to 80% of fundraisers sales Large Yes, at 16 & over Society None Not in Yes, for Yes A. including raffles, tombolas, Society least 20% of members or public street prizes and expenses. sweepstakes and more proceeds nominated Up to 80% of fundraisers sales local Yes, at 16 & over Authority None Not in Yes, for Yes A.

2 Authority least nominees public prizes and 20% of street expenses. proceeds Up to 80% of sales Types of lottery that do not require permission Customer No profit Your Occupier of 7 days No sales Yes, for No B. can be customers business between or ads off prizes and made 16 & over premises premises reasonable lottery Running costs Private Yes Members Society One-off No sales Yes, for No C. Society or guests members or ads off prizes and on the premises. reasonable society Members lottery premises or guests Running must be costs on society premises Work Yes Employees Any One-off No ads off Yes, for No C. at a single employees premises prizes and premises Single reasonable only premises lottery only Running costs Residents' Yes Residents Any One-off No ads off Yes, for No C.

3 At a single residents premises prizes and premises Single reasonable only premises lottery only Running costs Incidental Yes Anyone at Anyone One-off Sales only 100 max No D. the event at event taken from Results proceed for can be expenses drawn 500 max during or for prizes after event Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B2 4BP Making sure you stay within the law Tel: 0121 230 6666 Fax: 0121 230 6720 Making Gambling fairer and safer Published 03/2018. Running a lottery including raffles, tombolas, sweepstakes and more People have a variety of reasons for wanting These regulations are all set out in the These types of lottery do not require to run a lottery .

4 They may want to collect Gambling Act 2005 and are the responsibility permission. Find out more about money for a good cause such as a charity of the Gambling Commission , which has or help their local sports club buy some issued this leaflet. them in Organising small lotteries, equipment or simply to have some fun by a publication on our website. We will try to answer some initial questions and Running an office sweepstake. help you to decide which type of lottery to go for. Private society lotteries Whatever the reason fundraising or just Must raise money for the purposes for which the This leaflet does not apply to any National fun lotteries are a form of Gambling and society is conducted or to raise funds to support lottery products.

5 The National lottery is so there is a need for safeguards and a charity or good cause. No rollovers. regulated by the Gambling Commission other regulations. under a separate Act. Work lotteries/Residents' lotteries Only for colleagues who work at the same single set of premises/people who live on the same What exactly is a lottery ? Types of lottery under the Gambling Act 2005 single set of premises. No rollovers. Must either: For legal reasons, the Gambling Act has created A lottery is a kind of Gambling which has eight categories of lottery , each of which has its Make no profit (ie all the proceeds are three essential ingredients: own dos and don'ts. Here is a short description used for reasonable expense and prizes).

6 You have to pay to enter the game of them, together with a table on the back page Or be to raise funds for a charity or There is always at least one prize Prizes are awarded purely on chance to answer some initial queries. good cause. A typical small-scale lottery is a raffle where These types of lottery require Customer lotteries players buy a ticket with a number on it. The These can only be run by a business, at tickets are randomly drawn and those holding permission. Find out more its own premises and for its own customers. the same numbered ticket win a prize. about them in Promoting No prize can be more than 50 in value. Another version is a sweepstake, for example, society and local authority This type of lottery cannot make a profit, and where the participants pay to randomly draw the lotteries, a publication on so is unsuitable for fundraising.

7 No rollovers. All tickets must be sold at the location/time of names of a horse in a race. The person who the Commission website. Incidental lotteries the event but the draw can be at the event or draws the winning horse wins the entry money. Small society lotteries These can be held at commercial events after it has finished. Promoters of the lottery There are other versions too, such as a tombola (such as exhibitions) or non-commercial events The society in question must be set up may deduct from the proceeds of the lottery often found at a funday or summer fete; (such as school fetes) and must be for charitable for non-commercial purposes eg sports, no more than 100 for expenses and no more or a 100 club which is often a weekly event cultural or charitable.

8 There is a top limit or other good causes. They cannot be run for than 500 spent on prizes (other prizes may organised, for members only, by a PTA. of 20,000 in ticket sales. private or commercial gain. be donated). No rollovers. As well as the three elements of a lottery outlined above, they all (with the exception Large society lotteries The following refers to the table on the back page of incidental lotteries) have something else Similar to the small society lottery , but there System A System B System C System D. in common: while there is no maximum price is a minimum of 20,000 in ticket sales. for a ticket, in each lottery all tickets must Tickets must show Tickets must show the A ticket must be provided A ticket must be local authority lotteries the name of the name and address of the but there are no specific provided but there cost the same.

9 That way, everyone has the Run by the local authority, to help with any society or local organiser, the ticket price, requirements for tickets. are no specific same chance of winning for the same outlay. authority, the ticket any restrictions as to who The price payable for requirements for Incidental lotteries are the exception to expenditure it normally incurs. They must price, the name may or may not buy a each ticket must be the tickets. this rule and do not have specific ticket hold a Gambling Commission licence. and address of the ticket, and state that the same and the rights requirements. organiser and the rights created by the ticket created by the ticket are date of the draw.

10 Are non-transferable. non-transferable.


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