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Small society lotteries

Lotteries are regulated by the Gambling Act 2005. A small society lottery is a non commercial lottery with proceeds of up to £20,000 (of which 20% must go to purposes for which the society is conducted), a maximum single prize of £25,000, and where the aggregate total of the lotteries promoted by the society in a year do not exceed £250,000. If your proceeds/prizes exceed these amounts you will need to be licensed as a large society lottery with the Gambling Commission - Lotteries.                  

Exempt lotteries

These are not required to be registered with the Licensing Authority nor do they need to obtain a licence from the Gambling Commission. Examples include:

  • Incidental non - commercial lotteries - mainly held at charity fund raising events.
  • Private society lotteries
  • Work lotteries
  • Residents lotteries
  • Customer lotteries

How to apply

Please complete the application form below and submit to the Licensing Authority with the relevant fee. Small society lotteries are subject to an annual fee (see below). You must complete and submit a returns form and a lottery scheme form after each lottery.

Licence fee

  • New £40.00
  • Annual fee £20.00

Application form



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