To run a small society lottery you need to make an application for a small society lottery registration under the Gambling Act 2005. The application form must be accompanied by the relevant fee and there is an annual renewal fee if you wish to continue the registration.
To be allowed to promote a lottery, the society must be non-commercial and established and run wholly or mainly for one, or more, of the following:
To be a small lottery the proceeds from one lottery must not exceed £20,000 or the total income from all the lotteries run by your organisation must not exceed £250,000 in a calendar year. If you plan to exceed these limits you will be classed as operating a large lottery and this must be licensed by the Gambling Commission. Application forms are available and can be downloaded below. When completed they should be returned to the authority, together with the statutory fee of £40. The registration initially costs £40, is valid for twelve months from the date of issue and can be renewed provided that an annual fee of £20 is paid prior to the expiry of the registration.
If a society wishes to run lotteries which will exceed the amount mentioned above, then application for registration must be made to the Gambling Commission. Once registered with the Gambling Commission, the society must promote all further lotteries (of whatever size) held in that or the following three calendar years under the Board's registration, and will not be able to change to local authority during that time.
The following conditions apply in cases of lotteries where the total value of tickets or chances to be sold is £20,000 or less;