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 society. 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. 

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