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How to run a small society lottery

You don't need a licence from us to run a small society lottery, but you must register your lottery with your local licensing authority.

Register your small society lottery

You must register your lottery with your local licensing authority (usually your local council). You can find your local council on GOV.UK (opens in new tab).

How much does it cost?

Normally you'll need to complete an application form and pay a registration fee of £40 to your local council.

You’ll need to pay a £20 renewal fee after the first year.

Who can I sell tickets to?

You can sell tickets to people aged 16 and over.

Ticket requirements

Your tickets must show:

  • the name of your society or local authority
  • the ticket price
  • the name and address of the organiser
  • the date of the draw.

Can I claim my costs?

You can claim costs for prizes and expenses up to the value of 80% of ticket sales.

If someone else is running your lottery

Your society can employ an external lottery manager or ELM to run all or part of your lottery. However, if you employ an ELM they must apply for an operating licence.

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