How to run a lottery or fundraiser
Lotteries, raffles and some competitions are forms of gambling so before you start organising, you should check if your fundraiser is classed as a lottery.
You'll also need to check if you need permission before you start selling tickets.
Activities that require a licence
You need a licence or registration to run an online lottery
This includes lotteries on social media and live-streaming platforms. You might want to consider other fundraising options if you don't want to register with your local authority or apply for a licence from us.
You also need a licence from us if you do any of the following:
- sell, or expect to sell, more than £20,000 in tickets from a single lottery or £250,000 in a calendar year
- sell tickets to members of the public outside of an event or private club
- you're a local authority and plan to run a lottery or lotteries
- you're acting as an external lottery manager for a society that holds a licence with us.
When don't I need a licence?
You don’t need a licence or registration to run a lottery if you do the following:
- sell physical tickets on a single set of physical premises that are residences, a workplace or a business
- sell physical tickets at an event
- sell physical tickets to guests at a private society or club, or to its members
- only take payments face to face.
Find out more about the types of lottery you can run without a licence.
When you need to register with your local authority
You don't need a licence from us, but you'll need a registration from your local authority if you do any of the following:
- sell less than £20,000 in tickets from a single lottery, or less than £250,000 in a calendar year
- you plan to sell tickets to the public in a lottery, outside of an event or private club.
Last updated: 1 July 2021
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