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
You must keep a register of every society lottery you have registered.
You must also lottery returns available for inspection by the public for a minimum period of 18 months following the date of the lottery draw. These should be available for inspection by the public at any reasonable time. It is recommended that you set out how the public can view these in your Statement of Principles for Gambling or on your website.
You must also provide the facility for members of the public to obtain a copy of these returns, or any part of them.
You are permitted to charge a reasonable fee for the public to view or to take copies of this information. This fee should be no more than the reasonable cost of providing the service.Previous section
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Last updated: 11 October 2021
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