Those involved in fundraising for good causes often organise events involving types of gambling as a means to raise money. Typical fundraising activities that involve gambling include:

  • Lotteries (such as raffles and tombolas)
  • Race nights
  • Casino nights
  • Bingo

Gambling laws allows most such gambling activities to be provided on a non-commercial basis, without the need for permission from the local authority or the Gambling Commission, provided that relevant rules are followed.


The Gambling Commission - Basic advice on running lotteries leaflet gives simple advice on running a lottery, including raffles, tombolas and sweepstakes. 

More detailed guidance on running small lotteries can found in the leaflet Gambling Commission – Organising small lotteries.

If your lottery cannot be run in such a way as to fall within the definition of an "exempt lottery" you may decide to register with us to provide small society lotteries.

Race Nights, Casino Nights etc.

The Gambling Commission – Can I hold a race night, casino night or poker night? gives simple advice leaflet on running a race night, casino night or similar event for a good cause.



A simple advice leaflet on pdf Organising Bingo for a good cause (506 KB) can be downloaded.


Further Information

The Gambling Commission - Advice on non-commercial and private gaming and betting leaflet gives more detailed information on organising non-commercial prize gaming and non-commercial equal chance gaming, including any conditions that must be complied with.