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Lottery submissions

The licence conditions attached to all lottery operating licences include a requirement that in respect of each lottery promoted a submission must be sent to the Commission within three months of the date of the lottery, showing the total proceeds and how they have been distributed. It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure that any lottery submission made in respect of the distribution of the proceeds of a lottery is a true and accurate reflection of how those proceeds have been distributed.

In respect of prizes and expenses, lottery promoters must ensure that only the proportion of proceeds of the lottery used to pay the costs of providing prizes and paying the expenses of the lottery are recorded in the lottery submission sent to the Commission. Funds generated from other sources of income used to pay the expenses or prizes in a lottery must not be recorded in those submissions. The actual total costs of promoting the lottery, including donated prizes and expenses, should be recorded in the annual accounts of the promoting society or local authority. The Commission may require lottery operators to provide their annual accounts or separately submit details of donated expenses and prizes in a lottery where it considers this necessary.

Societies and local authorities are also required to add details on the nature of each lottery, to the submission. This is information on whether the lottery was part of a branded lottery scheme, what type of lottery it was (raffle-style, subscription, retail scratchcard, vending machine scratchcard) and the value of the largest prize. Further information on branded lotteries is available in our advice on promoting multiple society lotteries.

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