Small society lottery - Small society lottery

The Gambling Act 2005 consolidates and repeals the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1863, The Gaming Act 1968 and The Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.

Bassetlaw District Council Licensing Department is responsible for issuing Small Society Lottery Permits in respect of the above Act.


Small Society Lottery Definition

A Small Society Lottery is a lottery promoted on behalf of a non-commercial society (see below). It is an exempt lottery, in that a Small Society lottery does not require a Licence from the Gambling Commission

A society is non-commercial it if is established and conducted:

  • For charitable purposes
  • For the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity: or
  • For any other non-commercial purpose other than a private gain.

A lottery is small if the total value of tickets put on sale in a single lottery is £20,000 or less and the total value of the tickets put on sale in a calendar year is £250,000 or less. Where tickets for a single lottery exceed £20,000 or the total value of tickets in a year exceeds £250,000 a lottery is a Large Society Lottery and a licence will be required from the Gambling Commission.

Societies who run Small Society Lotteries under registration with the local authority and who sell tickets by means of remote communication (internet, telephone etc) will not be required to hold a remote gambling licence issued by the Commission.



Last Updated on Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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