As we approach the summer fete and festival season we know many people will be looking at ways they can raise money for their nominated good cause – lotteries (including raffles and tombolas) are a popular way of doing this but there are rules on how you can operate them lawfully.
The key points to remember are:
- Anyone running lottery that permits the sale of tickets before an event, or away from the place where the event is held, is going to need either a licence from the Gambling Commission or registration with their local authority
- There are limits in place for how much you can spend on ticket sales for a single prize (but no limits on donated prizes)
- All tickets must cost the same (unless they are run at a specific event – these are called incidental lotteries) and a ticket must be provided for each entry
- If you are a business running a lottery for your customers, you cannot run them for profit or for good causes – all the money from ticket sales must be spent on prizes or expenses
- You cannot roll over unallocated or unclaimed prizes to another lottery unless you are running your lotteries under a Gambling Commission licence or local authority registration
Read more in the Gambling Commission’s quick guide on running a lottery.
Source: Gambling Commission
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