The Gambling Act 2005 establishes a licensing regime for large non-commercial society and local authority lotteries administered by the Gambling Commission and continues a registration system for small non-commercial society lotteries administered by licensing authorities. Small society lotteries must be registered with the licensing 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;
- any non-commercial purpose other than private gain.
The total value of tickets to be put on sale for a single lottery must not exceed £20,000, or the aggregate value of tickets for all lotteries in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000.
The Gambling Commission's guide to running a lottery (PDF: 171 Kb / 4 pages) is a useful source of information.
The application form for registration of a non-commercial society, lottery return form and explanatory notes are available to download:
By law, we maintain a register containing details of various licences issued. You can view this register online, or at the Town Hall, Penrith, during normal office hours. If you notice any apparent error or omission in the register, or if you have any query about it, please contact a member of the Licensing Team.