Small society lotteries

Small society lotteries must be registered with the local authority in the area where the principal office of the society is located.

What is a society lottery?

Society lotteries are promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial organisation or club. A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted for:

  • charitable purposes
  • enabling participation in sport or a cultural activity (for example theatre)
  • any non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain
A small society lottery:
  • does not have proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw
  • does not have aggregated proceeds in excess of £250,000 in a calendar year
How to apply

Once your application has been received and approved a registration certificate will be issued to the promoter of the society.


A registered society’s Return Statement must be sent to the local authority within three months of the draw taking place. It must be signed by two members of the society.

If you need any further advice or have any questions, please contact us using the details below.