Can I run a prize competition?
You do not need any kind of licence from the Gambling Commission
to run a prize competition under the Gambling Act 2005.
A prize competition is a competition where success depends to a
substantial degree on the exercise of skill, knowledge, or
judgment. Such competitions may involve answering questions,
solving puzzles, tie-breakers and so on.
competition could be classed as relying on chance if it
does not prevent:
significant proportion of people from taking part
significant proportion of people who do take part from receiving a
If a competition relies on chance it may be
considered a lottery and could be unlawful.
If you are considering running a scheme of
this nature please read our guidance
Prize competitions and free draws - The requirements of the
Gambling Act 2005 - December 2009 and take independent
legal advice beforehand.
We do not provide advice on individual
Page last reviewed: January 2013