Registration of Small Society Lotteries

Under the 2005 Act promoting or facilitating a lottery is illegal unless it is either (1) a licensed lottery, licensed by way of an operating licence from the Gambling Commission or (2) an exempt lottery under Schedule 11 of the 2005 Act, which includes "small society lotteries".

In relation to applications received for lottery registrations the most common type of lottery is a raffle.

To qualify as a small society lottery:

  1. the lottery must be promoted wholly on behalf of a "non-commercial society";  
  2. it must be a "small lottery"; and
  3. the other conditions of a small society lottery specified in Part 4 of the Gambling Act 2005 must be satisfied.

In order to qualify for this exemption, any non-commercial society promoting a small society lottery in West Lothian must, throughout the period during which the lottery is promoted, be registered with the Board.

If you are a non-commercial society and wish to promote a small lottery within West Lothian, you can apply to be registered with the Board.

Guidance issued by the Gambling Commission is also available in relation to fundraising with lotteries or raffles at events.

What is a non-commercial society

What is a 'small lottery'

How do we register

How much are the registration fees

How will your application be dealt with

What information must appear on the lottery tickets

Is there an age restriction on who can sell or buy lottery tickets

Where can we sell tickets

Is there anything else we need to do

What will be done with the information contained in our statement

What happens if we fail to comply with the above requirements