Small Society Lotteries (Registration of Non-Commercial
Societies) Regulations 2007
A Lottery involves a payment to enter
where the opportunity to win a prize is determined by chance.
A lottery where entry is free is therefore permitted. Unless the
lottery falls within one of the exemptions in the Gambling Act 2005
(the National Lottery aside) it is illegal.
Regulations detail the procedure under which non-commercial
societies wishing to run small fundraising lotteries must register
with their local authority. A small society lottery is one
with proceeds of up to £20,000 (of which 20% must go to purposes
for which the society is conducted), a maximum single prize of
£25,000, and where the aggregate total of the lotteries promoted by
the society in a year do not exceed £250,000.
The Regulations prescribe the application form (Lottery
Application Form) and fees: registration costs £40.
We also require a copy of the Society's Constitution and
accounts. Annual renewal is £20, payable two months prior to
the anniversary of registration. Late renewals are not
posssible, we have to treat them as new applications and charge the
Bingo run by the W.I., the village hall committee or similar
organisations, for charitable purposes, does not require a
Bingo run by someone for personal or commercial gain does need a
Please contact the Gambling Commission on 0121 230
6666 for information about bingo, or see the pages on the
Get help at:
Worcestershire Regulatory Services
Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House
Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AF DX: 17608
Customer Contact Centre 01527 881395
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please
start the subject heading with MHDC enquiry)