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Fundraising with lotteries or raffles at events

Lotteries (also known as raffles) can be held at events (for example, fetes, fairs, fundraising dinners, exhibitions, concerts, festivals). In some cases the event may last more than a single day.

Although the event may have a commercial purpose any lottery or raffle promoted at the event cannot be run for commercial purposes or private gain, it can only be promoted to raise funds for a good cause such as a charity. 

All lottery tickets must be sold at the location and during the event. The result of the lottery can be declared either at the event or after it has finished. 

We recommended that you make it clear to participants when the result of the lottery will be announced. 

You may not deduct more than £100 for expenses and £500 for prizes from the income from lottery ticket sales. There is no monetary limit on donated prizes in this type of lottery. 

This type of lottery cannot involve a rollover of prizes from one lottery to another. 

If you are organising a lottery it is your responsibility to ensure you are compliant with the law. If in doubt, you should seek legal advice.

Also see

Running a lottery

A quick guide to running a lottery

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Organising small lotteries

Advice on lotteries that do not require a licence or registration

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