The Gambling Act 2005 controls the conduct of small lotteries and raffles by societies raising money for charitable, sports and other similar purposes, rather than for personal gain.
- participation in or support of athletic sports or games or cultural activities
- which are not for private gain or commercial undertaking.
The society must register with the Council if the total amount of chances sold for any one lottery is less than £20,000, or the total for all lotteries held in a calendar year is less than £250,000.
If a society wishes to run lotteries which exceed these amounts, they must register with the Gambling Commission and must promote all further lotteries (of whatever size) held in that or the following 3 calendar years under the Board's registration and will not be able to change to a local authority registration during that time.
The Gambling Act 2005 can be found here.
There is a registration fee of £40. The registration expires on 31 December each year and if a society wishes to continue it's registration, it must pay a renewal fee of £20 before 31 March the following year. To register please complete and return an application form with your payment.
The promoter of a lottery must complete a returns form and send it to the Council not later than the end of the third month after the date of the lottery. The return must be certified by 2 members of the society (other than the promoter), they must be 18 years old or older and appointed in writing by the society's governing body.
If the Council proposes to refuse to register a society, the society will be given the opportunity to be heard before the Council makes it's final decision. If registration is refused, there is a right of appeal through the crown court except where the Gambling Commission has refused or revoked the registration.