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Lotteries can only be run for good causes and cannot be run for private or commercial gain.

Residents, work or private society lotteries

Tickets for all these types of lottery cannot be sold to the general public. There is no limit on ticket sales as the restriction on who is allowed to buy tickets has the effect of keeping these type of lotteries at a low level. 

Private society lottery

This type of lottery can only be promoted by an authorised member of a private society. The society can be any group or club, provided it is not established and conducted for purposes connected to gambling. For example a sports club or theatre group could run a lottery for members to raise money for the club. 

Tickets can only be sold to other members of that society and to people on the premises used for the administration of the society (for example, the premises of the private club). This type of lottery can either:

  • be promoted to raise proceeds for the purposes for which the society is conducted
  • or to raise funds to support a charity or good cause.  

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

Work lottery and resident’s lottery

These can only be run and played by colleagues who work at the same single set of premises or people who live on the same single set of premises. 

This type of lottery must be organised in such a way as to either:

  • ensure that no profits are made (so all the proceeds are used for reasonable expenses and prizes)
  • or to raise funds to support a charity or good cause.  

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

Premises licensed for gambling

Premises licensed for gambling in England and Wales may not be used for the sale of tickets in a private society lottery, work lottery or a customer lottery. 

In Scotland they may not be used for the sale of tickets in a private society or work lottery. National Lottery products may not be sold on such premises. 

Also see

Running a lottery

A quick guide to running a lottery

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