I want to set up a 100, 200 or 500 club – do I need a licence?
There is no specific legal definition in the Gambling Act of a
100, 200 or 500 club.
In most cases these clubs exist to promote lotteries for a ‘good
cause’ (lotteries can not be run for private or
commercial gain) and many are run by organisations such as school
parent teacher associations. The numbers 100, 200 or 500 refer to
the number of participants in the lottery.
The rules that apply to such lotteries are dependent on how the
lottery is promoted. Typically, such lotteries are small in scale
and operate under the rules for private society lotteries or a
small society lottery registered with the
local licensing authority and do not need a licence from the
For more information please see our quick guide:
lottery - November 2009, and our detailed
small lotteries - November 2009.
Other lotteries may need to be licensed by a
local licensing authority. For more information, see our
Promoting society and local authority lotteries - November 2009.
Page last reviewed: May 2011