Do I need a licence?
Lotteries (also known as raffles, or draws)
cannot be run for private or commercial gain.
If you want to run or promote a large
lottery or you are a local authority that wants to
promote a lottery, there are two types of licence that you may
need from the Gambling Commission:
You may also need a remote gambling
licence if you intent to promote your lottery by means of
remote electronic communication (internet, telephone etc).
Do I need an operating licence?
You do need a
lottery operating licence if your lottery (raffle) sells
over £20,000 of lottery tickets in a single draw or £250,000 of
lottery tickets in a calendar year. Find out which type of operating licence
you need, and how to apply.
There are some circumstances in which you
need a lottery operating licence:
personal management licences do I need?
Unless you qualify for the
small-scale operator exemption you will need
at least one senior person to hold a personal
management licence (PML), this will usually be the person
with overall responsibility for the conduct of the lottery. In most
cases the person will be a trustee or officer of the society,
a director or partner where the
society is a partnership.
Local licensing authority lotteries
Local licensing authority lotteries need one
PML, held by someone in a
senior management post who holds the relevant delegated authority
from the licensing authority.
External lottery managers
A society or local authority lottery may
employ an External Lottery Manager (ELM) to make the arrangements
for the lottery on their behalf. All ELMs must hold an ELM operating
licence issued by the Gambling Commission.
ELMs are commercial companies that manage
lotteries and provide services to society and local authority
lotteries. ELMs may need to hold both a remote and non-remote
licence if they are involved in promoting both type of lottery.
More information can be found in:
lottery managers - advice note - September 2014
Anyone at an ELM responsible for the
following areas needs a PML unless they are eligible for the
- Overall strategy and delivery of gambling operations.
- Financial planning, control and budgeting.
- Marketing and commercial development.
- Regulatory compliance.
- Gambling related IT provision and security.
Individuals who perform more than one of these
management functions at the same time only need to hold one
PML. Apply for a personal management
Page last reviewed: December 2013