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Meaning of society and local authority lotteries

Society lotteries

Society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society. Such societies are organisations that have distinct aims and objectives and meet the definition of a non-commercial society set out in the Act.

A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted:

  • for charitable purposes
  • for the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity
  • for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

Local authority lotteries

Local authority lotteries are lotteries promoted by local authorities themselves. These differ from society lotteries registered with a licensing authority. Authorities may use the net proceeds of such lotteries for any purpose for which they have power to incur expenditure.

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