Local authority lotteries
Local authorities may run 'local authority lotteries' to raise
funds to cover anything for which they have the power to incur
What licences do local authorities need?
All local authority lotteries
must be licensed by the Gambling Commission.
How much can local authority lotteries
- Local authority lotteries must apply a minimum of 20% of the
gross proceeds of each lottery for any purpose for which it has
power to incur expenditure.
- Up to a maximum of 80% of the gross proceeds of each lottery
may be divided between prizes and the expenses of the lottery.
- The maximum value of tickets that can be sold in a single
lottery is £4 million.
- The maximum aggregate value of lottery tickets that can be sold
in any calendar year is £10 million.
- The maximum prize in a single lottery is £25,000 or 10% of the
proceeds (gross ticket sales), whichever is greater.
- Rollovers are permitted provided the maximum single prize
limit is not breached.
More information is available in our advice
Promoting society and local authority lotteries - November
External lottery managers
Local authorities may employ an external lottery manager (ELM)
to run all or part of their lottery. ELMs
must be licensed by us.
More information about working with an ELM is available in our
Promoting society and local authority lotteries - November 2009
(PDF, 103KB,10 pages)
What are lottery submissions?
Local authorities must submit information to us about each
lottery they operate. Each lottery submission must detail:
- total proceeds
- amount applied directly to purposes for which the licensing
authority has power to incur expenditure.
- amount distributed between expenses and prizes (including
amount deducted for rollovers)
Detailed information about the responsibilities of lottery
operators, including lottery submissions, can be found in the
conditions and codes of practice - consolidated May 2012.
When are lottery submissions due?
Lottery submissions must be received by us within three months
of the date of the lottery draw. In the case of an 'instant'
(scratchcard) lottery, this should be within three months of the
last date on which tickets in the lottery were put on
How do I make a lottery submission?
Lottery submissions should be completed through our online
returns system. To use this system you must first register your
licensed lottery. Guidance on how to complete your lottery
submission is available throughout the online system.
Lottery submission online guidance notes - May 2013
explains how to complete your lottery submission online.
submission form - May 2013 (PDF, 35KB, 1 page) and
submission - guidance notes - May 2013 (PDF, 35KB, 2
pages) are also available. If you complete the
paper version, this should be posted to us at:
Victoria Square House
How do I make a correction to my online lottery
If you have completed a lottery submission through our online
returns system and wish to make a correction, you can do so,
online, within the 24 hours following submission.
If you wish to make a correction more than 24 hours after making
a submission, you should send details of the changes to: email@example.com
or contact us on 0121 230 6666.
Page last reviewed: August 2013