Fundraising and lotteries
Information and guides on ensuring lotteries, raffles, prize competitions and free draws are run legally.
Fundraising, raffles and lotteries
This guide will give you information about the different types of raffles and lotteries you can run and informs you of the rules you should follow.
How to run a lottery or fundraiser
Check if you need a licence to run a lottery or fundraiser and make sure you are fundraising legally.
Types of lotteries and their regulations
Information on the different types of lotteries and the regulations around each one. These rules must be followed to ensure you're not acting illegally.
Lottery scams and fraud
Be aware of the potential for lottery scams. This guide will help you spot these type of scams and help you to avoid fraudulent lotteries.
Running a lottery syndicate
Lottery syndicates must operate in a certain way in order to avoid being classed as promoting a lottery. Find out more about how to run a lottery syndicate.
Are you a charity or other good cause?
Are you looking to run a raffle or a lottery and sell tickets to the general public or tickets online?
To run lotteries or raffles that will have ticket sales of more than £20,000 each, or £250,000 in a calendar year, you’ll need to apply for a licence from us.
If your lottery or raffle is smaller than this, you can register with your local authority.
The type of licence you need depends on the type of lottery you want to run and whether or not it is held online, which includes lotteries on social media.Find out more about lottery licences (opens in a new tab)
Report a scam
There are many types of scams that you may encounter whilst gambling.
Before you begin to gamble, make yourself aware of the potential for scams and what they may look like.
If you think you have found a scam, or have been a victim of one, then you can report it.Report a scam