Lotteries typically generate lots of queries for LAs and for us. We have a raft of information relating to large and small society lotteries and licensing authority lotteries on our website as summarised below:
Advice for LAs dealing with lottery related queries:
Guidance to Licensing Authorities, Part 34– guidance on small society lotteries
Licensing authority lotteries toolkit - contains advice, quick guides and case studies to help licensing authorities in their regulatory responsibilities in relation to:
- Society lotteries – Webpage setting out the definition of a large and small society lottery.
- Reverse and penny auctions – Webpages explaining what they are.
Information for LAs looking to apply for an operator licence to run their own lottery:
Relevant parts of the Gambling Act 2005 in relation to lotteries are:
Section 14 - defines a lottery (s14(5) defines prize competitions)
Section 19 - defines a non-commercial society
Section 98 - provisions about lottery operating licences
Section 99 - mandatory lottery operating licence conditions
Part 11 - Lotteries
Sections 252 to 257 clarify the meaning of various terms, of note:
Section 252 - Promoting a lottery
Section 253 - Lottery ticket
Section 254 - Proceeds and profits
Section 255 - Draw
Section 256 - Rollover
Section 257 - External lottery managers
Sections 258 to 263 sets out offences and relevant penalties
Schedule 2 - lotteries, definition of payment to enter (relevant to free draws)
Schedule 11 - provisions for each type of exempt lottery (including small society lotteries registered with Licensing Authorities).