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Lotteries and the Gambling Act 2005

Guidance on lotteries and the Gambling Act 2005 for local authorities

Definition of ‘prize’

When considering whether something is a prize, section 14(4) says this includes any money, articles or services -

  1. whether or not described as a prize
  2. whether or not consisting wholly or partly of money paid, or articles or services provided, by the members of the class among whom the prize is allocated.

This means something does not cease to be a prize because, for example, it was paid for entirely by money raised from persons participating in the lottery, or because the person running the lottery chooses to call it something other than a prize. The inclusion of the term ‘service’ means things like getting a haircut, having a new loft installed, or receiving a course of guitar lessons, are also considered a prize.

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