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Small Society Lotteries

Explanatory Notes for the Guidance of Local Societies




Schedule 11 of the Gambling Act 2005 authorises the conduct of small society lotteries by societies established for permitted purposes.


Societies must be established for:

  • charitable purposes
  •  to enable support or participation in sports
  • cultural activities for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain


The proceeds of any lottery must be devoted to these permitted purposes.


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 lotteries in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000.


Further information is available on the links below:-


Gambling Act 2005 - Small Society Lotteries Guidance Notes

Gambling Act 2005 - Application for Registration of Non-Commercial Society