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Running a lottery syndicate

If you want to organise a lottery syndicate with colleagues at work or among a group of friends you do not need a licence or any kind of permission.

However, to run a syndicate, you must ensure that it is operating in a certain way in order to avoid being classed as ‘promoting a lottery’ under the Gambling Act 2005. 

The example below illustrate how a lottery syndicate works. 

Bob - Syndicate organiser 

Bob buys lottery tickets using the money he has collected from his colleagues at work who agreed to be part of the syndicate. 

As far as the lottery operator is concerned, Bob is the only ticket holder. Therefore, if any of the tickets Bob purchased won a prize the lottery operator would only give that to Bob. Bob’s colleagues in the syndicate do not have a direct claim.

The fact that Bob has agreed to share the prize, if any of the tickets win, is between him and his colleagues. 

If a business operated syndicates as described, the same would apply.

Also see

Promoting society and local authorities

Advice for society and local authority lotteries which require a licence or registration

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