Lotteries and the Gambling Act 2005
Guidance on lotteries and the Gambling Act 2005 for local authorities
- Definition of a lottery
- Definition of ‘prize’
- Definition of ‘society’
- Application and Duration
- Annual Fee
- Refusal of application
- Revocation of a small society’s registered status
- Lottery Tickets
- Lottery Proceeds
- Lottery Prizes
- Administration and returns
- Lottery register
- Types of lottery that do not require a registration or licence (exempt lotteries)
- When is a lottery not a lottery?
- Common Problems
- Facebook lotteries;
- Sites offering draws that are not licensed because they have a free entry or skill route, but it does not meet the requirements for free draws or prize competitions;
- House raffles;
- Businesses offering lotteries that are above the limits to be a customer lottery, are offered online, or are designed to make a profit.
It is not necessarily illegal to offer a raffle or draw on Facebook or on a website without a licence. If the person offering the draw has met the requirements for a free raffle or a prize competition or holds a Small Society Lottery registration, then no licence from the Gambling Commission is required. If they have not, you should refer the lottery to the Gambling Commission by emailing the details to firstname.lastname@example.orgPrevious section
Lotteries and the GA05: When is a lottery not a lottery?
Last updated: 11 October 2021
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