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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.

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