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Lottery licence

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 use our online form below to submit and pay for it.

Once we’ve checked your application, we’ll notify the Gambling Commission.

We will also send you a guidance document and receipt for the fee. You must submit a lottery 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.

Did you know that SWTC have a Community Lottery?

A fundraising solution where you do not need a Small Society Lottery Licence, saving you precious admin time and annual fees. If you are a local not-for-profit organisation you can apply for a website for FREE! You will get promotions with marketing materials throughout the year to help you shout about your cause plus supporters can win cash prizes up to the £25k jackpot every week.

For every £1 ticket sold 50p is given to the group nominated by the ticket buyer (the good cause), 10p goes to the council run community grant fund which as a good cause you can apply for annually and 40p goes to prizes, VAT and admin.

It's an ideal, safe, online fundraising solution for a wide range of causes, such as community groups, clubs, charities, sports clubs, animal welfare and many more!

Visit the Somerset West Lottery website to sign up as a good cause or telephone the support line on: 0300 302 0666