A Small Society Lottery registration can be applied for by any society that promotes a lottery established for charitable purposes; for example for the purpose of supporting sport, athletics or a cultural activity or for any other non-commercial purpose other than for private gain. Small Society registrations are for societies starting a lottery, 100 club or pre-selling raffle tickets before the day of the draw.
The following exempt lotteries do not need to apply for a small society lottery registration:
Further information on lotteries and their categories can be found on the Gambling Commission Lottery page.
The society must apply to the Local Authority where their principal office is situated. Once you are certain you have met the above criteria please fill in the application form.
If everything is correct with the application you will receive your registration, receipt, a returns form and change of details form from us.
The limits placed on Small Society Lotteries are as follows:
Tickets must state:
Tickets may not be sold to any person in a street but can be sold in a kiosk or from door to door. The minimum age for participation is 16 years.
The society must submit regular returns to the Local Authority which issued the registration. These tell the Authority how much was raised for the causes of the society, how much was used in prizes and administration. The Local Authority will check these to ensure that the above requirements are being met. You will receive a returns form with your registration.
If your promoter changes or the promoter changes their name or address please contact us as soon as possible. The same should be done for a change of address of the Society.
The annual fee of £20.00 is payable within the two months before the anniversary of the registration, for example if the anniversary of the registration is 31 December the annual fee is due between 31 October and 31 December. If the society fails to comply the Local Authority may cancel the society's registration.
Further information can be found at the Gambling Commission website.