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Small Society Lotteries

The Gambling Act 2005 creates two broad classes of lottery. If you sell more than £20,000 of tickets in a single event or you raise more than £250,000 in a year then you need a lottery operating licence issued by the Gambling Commission.

Small societies based in Carlisle that run lotteries need to be registered with Carlisle City Council.

Registration will only be granted if the society is established and conducted wholly or mainly for one or more of the following:

  • Charitable purposes
  • Participation in, or support of, athletic sports or games or cultural activities
  • Other "not for profit or personal gain" causes.

Running the lottery

Before holding the first lottery, the society must:

  • Nominate a member of the society as the lottery promoter
  • Approve its own lottery scheme
  • Notify the Council in writing

The society may employ an external lottery manager to undertake the running of a lottery on its behalf. The persons who may manage a society's lottery are:

  • a member or employee of the society
  • a company that is wholly owned by the society
  • a person certificated as a lottery manager by the Gambling Commission
  • an employee of a certificated lottery manager

Applications for certification of lottery managers should be made to the Gambling Commission.

Small Society Lottry Fees

Application Fee £40

Annual Fee £20      


Every society registered with local authority to run small society lotteries must submit a statement providing the following information:

  • Thedate on which the tickets were available for sale or supply and the date of the draw,
  • The Total proceeds of the lotterty,
  • The amounts deducted by promoters,
  • The amounts deducted by promoters of the lottery in respect of costs incurred in organising the lottery,
  • The amount applied directly to the purpose for which the promoting society is conducted or for which the local authority has power to incur expenditure (at least 20% of the gross proceeds) and whether any expenses incurred in connection with the lottery were not paid for by the deduction from proceeds, and, if so the amount of expenses and the sources from which they are paid.

Conditions applicable to small society lotteries

The total value of prizes which may be offered may not exceed 55% of the proceeds of the lottery, unless it can be shown that the proceeds were less than estimated.

The amount of proceeds given over to expenses (excluding prizes) must not exceed the actual expenses or 35% of the proceeds, whichever is the less, unless it can be shown that the proceeds fell short of the sum estimated.

The promoter of a lottery must be a member of the society authorised in writing by the governing body of the society to promote a lottery.

To prevent confusion, no two lotteries should have the same date; however, where a society holds two lotteries on the same date they must be distinguished by having different serial numbers on the tickets.

Every ticket must specify the name of the society, the name and address of the promoter and the date of the lottery. Where reference is made in any ticket to a person who for reward, is, or has been, acting or assisting in the promoting of a lottery, the size of the lettering must not exceed the size of the smallest lettering used to specify the name of the society.

Every ticket must specify that the society is registered with Carlisle City Council.

No ticket or chance may be sold to any person under the age of 16 years.

No ticket may be sold to any person in any street (except from a kiosk or shop having no space to accommodate customers).

No ticket may be sold from a licensed betting office.

No ticket or chance may be sold for more than £1, and the price of every ticket must be the same and printed on the ticket.

No prize may be offered on such terms that the winning of a prize depends on the purchase of more than one ticket or chance, unless the total price of the chances required to win a prize does not exceed £1.

No person may participate in a lottery except after paying the full price of a ticket or chance, and no money received for or on account of a ticket or chance may be returned.

No money other than the price of a ticket or chance may be accepted as a condition of a person's participation in a lottery.

The whole proceeds after deducting legitimate expenses or money allocated to prizes, must be allocated to the purposes of the society.

No person supplying lottery tickets may supply them in such a manner, or so marked, as to enable a winning ticket to be identified before it is sold. This applies to tickets (commonly known as 'instant lottery' tickets) which are designed so as to conceal words, figures symbols etc. which if revealed would indicate whether a ticket is a winning ticket or not.

Prizes may be donated to a lottery at a reduced cost or free, but the value of any such prizes may not exceed £25,000.

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