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 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 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.