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Licence - lottery

The Gambling Act 2005, which repeals the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976, establishes a licensing regime for large non-commercial society and local authority lotteries to be administered by the Gambling Commission and continues a registration system for small non-commercial society lotteries to be administered by local councils.

If you wish to apply for a Small Lottery Registration or renew your registration the forms are available to download at the bottom of this page. The price of a Small Lottery Registration is £40 for an initial registration and a further fee of £20 which is payable annually.

Following a lottery The Act requires that a return of the financial information is supplied to Allerdale Borough Council within 3 months. The return must be signed by two members of the Society appointed in writing for that purpose, and accompanied by a copy of that appointment. All signatories must be over the age of 18 years.

The Gambling Commission have produced a document called Prize competitions and free draws - The requirements of the Gambling Act 2005 which provides further information.

Exempt Lotteries

The Gambling Act 2005 introduced three types of exempt lottery.  They are as follows:

1) Incidental non-commercial lotteries

These are lotteries held at non-commercial events, where all money raised at the event goes entirely to purposes that are not for private or commercial gain.  They must be run in accordance with the relevant regulations which state the maximum sums that promoters of incidental non-commercial lotteries may deduct from the proceeds of a lottery.  The limits are:

a)       In respect of the cost of the prizes awarded in the lottery, the promoters may deduct no more than £500.00.

b)       In respect of the costs incurred in organizing the lottery, the promoters may deduct no more than £100.00.

2)  Private society, work or residents lotteries

These are lotteries where tickets can only be sold to society members, workers in or residents of a premises.

3)  Customer lotteries

These are lotteries run by occupiers or business premises selling tickets only to customers on the premises itself.

Downloadable Documents

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Microsoft Word formatGuidance Document - Exempt Lotteries in Word format285 Kb41 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatSmall Society Lottery Application Form in Word format327 Kb47 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerSmall Society Lottery Application Form in PDF format31 Kb4 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatSmall Society Lottery Return Form in Word format910 Kb2 mins 10 secs @ 56k, 4 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerSmall Society Lottery Return Form in PDF format37 Kb5 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb

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