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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.

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 it's members 
  • only take payments face to face.

Find out more about the types of lottery you can run without a licence.

When you need 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 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.
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