Fundraising, raffles and lotteries
You can run a lottery or raffle to raise money for charity.
These are all forms of gambling and you must follow the rules for the type of lottery you plan to run, otherwise you may be breaking the law.
Before you start, check if your fundraising activities would be classed as a lottery.
You can’t run an online lottery without a licence
Online lotteries include lotteries on social media, auction or selling sites, fundraising platforms and also live streaming platforms.
You may want to consider other types of fundraising if you don’t want to apply for a Gambling Commission licence.
Find out more about legal requirements for lotteries on social media.
Before you organise your fundraiser
Before you begin organising your fundraiser, read our guides which will help you to run a safe and legal lottery.
Find out more about:
- fundraising with lotteries at events
- fundraising with bingo, casino and poker nights
- fundraising with 100, 200 and 500 clubs
- types of lottery you can run without a licence.
Fundraising and lotteries on social media