If you’re a member of a non-commercial society that holds lotteries, you’ll need to register with us.
A lottery is a game which involves:
- you paying to take part
- one or more prizes are allocated to one or more members of a class
- prizes are allocated by a process which relies wholly on chance
This includes raffles where the tickets are sold in advance of the draw.
Only societies established for these reasons can register for lotteries for:
- charitable purposes
- people to take part in or support sport, athletics or a cultural activity
- any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain
Apply for a lottery licence
Complete the lottery registration form and return it to us with a payment of £40
Once we’ve checked your application, we’ll notify the Gambling Commission.
We will also send you a lottery returns form, a guidance document and receipt for the fee. You must submit a return form no later than one month after each lottery you hold.
These types of lotteries do not need to be registered with us:
- incidental non-commercial lotteries – commonly held at charity fund raising events
- private society lotteries – only members of the society and those on society premises can participate in the lottery
- work lotteries – only people who work together on the same premises may participate
- residents’ lotteries – only people who live at the same premises may participate
- customer lotteries – only customers at the business premises may participate
If you want the registration to continue after the first year you will need to pay an annual fee of £20. We will send you an invoice two months before payment is due.
Laws and regulation
You are required to register under the Gambling Act 2005. You can download a copy of the lottery regulations.