The Gambling Act 2005 became law on the 1 September
2007 and replaced the Lotteries & Amusement Act
Societies, which fulfil the criteria outlined below and were
required under Schedule 1 of the 1976 Act to register with the
Licensing Authority, are designated as Small Society
Lotteries under the Act:
- You are a non-commercial society*
- In neither the current calendar year, nor any past three
calendar years, the proceeds of any one lottery has been capable of
exceeding £20,000, and the aggregate proceeds of all lotteries
promoted by you has not exceeded £250,000.
- The lottery is promoted for the purposes of the society.
- At least 20% of the lottery proceeds are applied to the society
- No prize is greater in value than £25,000.
- Tickets comply with certain conditions, including that they are
each of the same price.
(GAMBLING ACT 2005 SCHEDULE 11 PARTS 4 (30)-(38))
* A Society is defined as a non-commercial organisation
established and conducted:
- For charitable purposes,
- For the purpose of enabling participation in, or supporting of,
sport, athletics or cultural activity, or
- For any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private
(GAMBLING ACT 2005 s19)
Under the Act, only Small Society Lotteries are registered with
the Licensing Authority. If you believe that your Lottery
Registration falls outside the definition of a Small Society
Lottery, you should contact the Gambling Commission
(external link) who will be able to provide more information
regarding the licences required to run other types of
In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005, details of all
lottery registrations with the Licensing Authority will be passed
to the Gambling Commission.
Small Society Lottery registrations operate in a similar manner to
the previous registrations; Return Forms are expected
quarterly and the annual fee and a Scheme Form will be
expected by 1 January for renewals.
Any valid Small Society lottery registrations must be
presented with a Registration Certificate under the Gambling Act