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External Lottery Managers (ELMs) - Lotteries

1 April 2021
4 June 2021

An ELM makes arrangements for a lottery on behalf of a society or local authority but is not a member, officer or employee of the society or local authority. A society or local authority and an ELM must be separate entities and be able to demonstrate that they are independent of each other.

Societies and local authorities can employ ELMs to manage all or part of their lotteries so that societies and local authorities may benefit from the experience or economies of scale that come with employing an ELM.

The purpose of society and local authority lotteries

The intention of the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) is to allow non-commercial societies to use a lottery as a means of raising funds from the public for the cause promoted by the society or for the local authority for any purpose for which they have the power to incur expenditure.

The provisions are relatively limited in scope. It is not the intention of the Act to allow society or local authority lotteries to be promoted for private or commercial gain although it is accepted that an ELM is a commercial business that usually exists to produce a commercial profit.

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