Society lotteries (also known as raffles) are
promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society is
non-commercial if it is established and conducted:
- for charitable purposes,
- for the purpose of enabling participation in,
or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity, or
- for any other non-commercial purpose
other than that of private gain.
A large society lottery:
- has proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw
- has aggregate proceeds from lotteries in excess of £250,000 in
any one year.
A small society lottery:
- does not have proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single
- does not have aggregate proceeds from lotteries in excess of
£250,000 in any one year.
More information about society
lotteries is available in the Gambling Commission's
Running a lottery - November 2009, and in our detailed
Promoting society and local authority lotteries - November 2009.
Page last reviewed: January 2013