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Lottery registration

Society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducts a lottery:

  • For charitable purposes
  • To enable participation in, or support, sport, athletics or a cultural activity
  • For any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain

Registration is required to conduct small lotteries, including raffles, by societies raising money for charity, sports and other similar purposes for non-personal or non-commercial reasons.

Societies can operate without a Gambling Commission licence by registering with us if they run a small lottery where:

  • Ticket sales totalling £20,000 and under are put on sale
  • The society’s aggregate proceeds from lotteries do not exceed £250,000 a year

There is an initial fee of £40 to register, and then an annual fee of £20 needs to be made. The annual fee must be paid within two months which ends immediately before each anniversary of the registration.


Please ensure that you have read and understood the guidance (the document can be found below under downloads) before making an application. If you have any questions please contact the Licensing Team.

  1. Complete the application form for a Small Society (Non-Commercial) Lottery
  2. Please complete the declaration and attach it to your application
  3. Pay the £40 application fee

A return statement must be submitted no later than three months beginning on the day on which the draw (or last draw) in the lottery took place. It must be signed by two members of the Society appointed in writing for that purpose by the Society, or its governing body if applicable. Each return must be accompanied by a copy of the appointment of the two members and all signatories must be over the age of 18 years.

To change the licence holder or update contact details please contact the Licensing Team.

Last updated 30 October 2019
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