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Lottery submissions

A lottery submission must be made for each lottery operating under a licence from the Gambling Commission.

In the case of society lotteries, each lottery submission must detail:

  • total proceeds (split between remote and non-remote sales)
  • amount applied directly to the society’s purposes
  • amount distributed between expenses and prizes (including amount deducted for rollovers)
  • whether the lottery was promoted as part of a branded lottery scheme
  • the value of the largest prize awarded
  • the nature of the lottery (raffle, subscription lottery, retail/online scratchcard instant wins or vending machine dispensed instant wins)
  • ticket cost.

In the case of local authority lotteries, each lottery submission must detail:

  • total proceeds
  • amount applied directly to purposes for which the licensing authority has power to incur expenditure
  • amount distributed between expenses and prizes (including amount deducted for rollovers) 
  • whether the lottery was promoted as part of a branded lottery scheme
  • the value of the largest prize awarded
  • the nature of the lottery (raffle, subscription lottery, retail/online scratchcard instant wins or vending machine dispensed instant wins)
  • ticket cost.

Detailed information about the responsibilities of lottery operators, including lottery submissions, can be found in the Licence conditions and codes of practice. 

When are lottery submissions due?

Lottery submissions must be received by us within three months of the date of the lottery draw. In the case of an 'instant' (scratchcard) lottery, this should be within three months of the last date on which tickets in the lottery were put on sale. 

How do I make a lottery submission?

Lottery submissions should be completed through eServices. Guidance on how to complete your lottery submission is available throughout the online system. 

How do I make a correction to my online lottery submission?

If you have completed a lottery submission through eServices and wish to make a correction, you should send details of the changes to: licensing@gamblingcommission.gov.uk providing the correct details for the lottery.

What if I have a message on my online lottery submission?

If you see a message on the submission when you click on the ‘Submit’ button, it is likely that there is a validation error on the return – this means that the data in one or more of the fields cannot be validated against the ticket price or proceeds total. 

These errors must be rectified before re-submitting the return. Please ensure that the information you have provided has been entered in the correct format.

If you see a message after submission, it is likely that there is information that you are required to provide to us (such as an Independent Security Audit or statement of audit accounts), or there is information in the return that we may wish to discuss with you. 

This could be about your licence category, your total annual proceeds or your ancillary remote licence.  If this is the case, we will contact you by telephone or email, using the preferred contact method you have provided to us.

 

Also see

Lottery submissions

Guidance notes for eservices

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