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Fundraising with 100, 200 and 500 clubs

A 100, 200, or 500 club is a group of people who raise funds for a good cause (non-commercial). This is usually done by running a lottery. 

In most cases, members of the club buy numbered tickets which go into a regular draw:

  • 100 tickets for a 100 club
  • 200 tickets for a 200 club
  • 500 tickets for a 500 club.

When the draw is made a percentage of the profit is given as a prize and the remainder goes to a good cause.

How do they operate?

These lotteries are small in scale and they are usually run by a non-commercial society under the permissions of a small society registration with their local authority. 

They may be run by a private members club as a private society lottery. If this is the case, then the club cannot exist for gambling purposes, and only members of the club or people on their premises can take part.  

Tickets cannot be sold outside the premises to the general public, family or friends, and no advertisements for the lottery can be sent off the premises, including text messages, social media or email.

Do I need a licence?

You don't need a licence from the Gambling Commission to run a 100 Club as a small society lottery but you do need a registration with the local authority for where the main administration of the lottery takes place. You do not need any specific permission to run a private society lottery. 

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