Customer lotteries (raffles)
Customer lotteries (also known as raffles) can only be run by a
business, at its own premises, and for its own customers. This type
of lottery cannot make a profit, and so is unsuitable for
If you run a business and would like to run a lottery by selling
tickets to customers on your business premises you can do so
without an operating licence from the Gambling Commission, unless
your business is subject to a gambling premises licence. The
position is different in Scotland where customer lotteries can be
promoted on licensed gambling premises, without an operating
licence from the Gambling Commission.
All of the proceeds (ticket sales) must be spent on prizes and
expenses, there can be no profit.
More information regarding customer lotteries, including
specific rules that must be complied with, is available in our
lottery - November 2009, and in our
small lotteries - November 2009.
Page last reviewed: January 2013