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What is a Small Society Lottery?

The Gambling Act 2005 defines a small society lottery with the definition breaking down into two distinct areas:

Society status

The society in question must be 'non-commercial'.

Size of lottery

The total value of tickets to be put on sale per single lottery must be £20,000 or less, or the aggregate value of tickets to be put on sale for all their lotteries in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000. If the operator plans to exceed either of these values then they will be classed as a large lottery operator, and must be licensed with the Gambling Commission instead.

The promoting society of a small society lottery must, throughout the period during which the lottery is promoted, be registered with a licensing authority. The licensing authority with which a small society lottery is required to register must be in the area where their principal office is located. If a licensing authority believes that a society’s principal office is situated in another area, it should inform the society and the other authority as soon as possible.

How much does a licence cost?

Applicable fees

Type of application  Fee
Grant £40
Annual fee £20

How do I apply for a licence?

You can download application forms below.

Further enquiries

You can make an enquiry about lottery licences online.

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