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Small Society Lottery Registration

The Act's definition of a small society lottery falls into two distinct areas:

  • Society status - the society in question must be 'non-commercial'.
  • Lottery size - the total value of tickets for sale per single lottery must not exceed £20,000, or the aggregate value of tickets for sale in all lotteries in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000

If the operator plans to exceed either of these values, they may need to be licensed with the Gambling Commission to operate a large lottery. Please refer to the Gambling Commission for further clarification on the different types of lotteries, the licensing and registration of lotteries, and exempt lotteries. The local licensing authority registers small society lotteries only.


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