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Small society lottery

A small society lottery is promoted on behalf of a non-commercial society for:

  • charitable purposes
  • the purpose of enabling participating or supporting sport, athletics or cultural activity
  • any other non-commercial purpose other than private gain

The total value of tickets for sale in a single lottery cannot exceed £20,000, and the aggregate value of tickets on sale in a calendar year cannot exceed £250,000. Anything above would be a large society lottery and a licence is required from the Gambling Commission.

Every society registered with us must submit a returns form following each draw.

Registration and returns forms

Download guidance notes for societies promoting lotteries [PDF, 33KB]. The guidance includes information about small society lotteries, exemptions, prize competitions and free draws.

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