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Basic legal requirements to sell draw tickets.

 

When you order draw tickets, you will need to make sure your event complies with the Gov.UK lottery legal requirements and that you have all the information you need printed on your tickets.

 

 

What is a lottery?

 

A lottery is a form of gambling, which has three essential ingredients:

 

  • You must pay to enter the game

  • There is always at least one prize

  • Prizes are awarded purely on chance

 

A typical lottery is called a ‘draw’ or ‘raffle’ where players buy tickets with a number on them. There is a ‘stub’ section with the corresponding number to each ticket bought where your details are recorded and these stubs are used by the promoter to randomly ‘draw’ the winning tickets and those holding the same number wins a prize.

 

A lottery cannot be run for private or commercial gain, so you must be a registered charity, or you must form as a society if want to be registered or licensed for a small society lottery. For legal reasons, The Gambling Act has created eight categories of lottery, each with their own rules and regulations.

 

 

The 2 most common categories of lotteries that we produce tickets for are highlighted as follows:

 

 

Small Society Lotteries

 

Your organisation requires a small society lottery license from your local council authority (usually around £40) where you intend to sell tickets in advance and on the day of the draw.  Your organisation must also be set up for non-commercial purposes, i.e. as a cultural or charitable organisation, school, sports club, church etc… Licenses will require an annual fee to your local authority (amounts may vary). You must be 16 or over to take part (to buy or sell tickets). Tickets may be sold before and during the event. Tickets must be the same cost for each ticket to give everyone equal chance. There is no maximum price for a ticket. Tickets must bear the name of the organisation, the name of the local authority, the promoter’s name and address, your organisations registered charity number (if applicable), the date and place of the draw and the list of prizes. 

 

 

Private Society Lotteries

 

A private society lottery allows you sell tickets at the event only, to raise funds for the purposes of your organisation or to raise funds to support other charities or good causes. Tickets must be sold only at this event, on your organisation’s premises and only sold to members and others attending the event only. No pre-sale of tickets is permitted before the event. This type of lottery does not require a license. 

Tickets must be the same cost for each ticket to give everyone equal chance. There is no maximum price for a ticket. Tickets must bear the name of the organisation, the promoter’s name and address, your organisations registered charity number (if applicable), the date of the draw and the list of prizes.

 

 

 

Further information on all 8 categories can be found on the Gambling Commission website:  www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/authorities/home