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Large society and local authority lottery licensing requirements

A society lottery is a large lottery and may only be run under an operating licence issued by the Commission if the arrangements for that lottery are such that total proceeds (ticket sales) from it:

  • may in a single society lottery exceed £20,000
  • the proceeds of previous lotteries in the same calendar year have already reached or may, taking into account the lottery in question reach £250,000 in one calendar year.

If a society promotes a lottery which, applying the above rules, is a large lottery (the first lottery) then every subsequent lottery it promotes in that year and in the following three years will also be a large lottery and will require the society to hold a lottery operating licence issued by the Commission.

All local authority lotteries must be run under an operating licence issued by the Commission.

Societies and local authorities that allow players to participate in their lotteries by means of remote communication (internet, telephone etc) will be required to hold a remote lottery operating licence, whether or not their activities also require them to hold a non-remote lottery operating licence.

General information about the Commission's licensing requirements is given in this document. Specific guidance is available on the Commission's website.

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