Small society lotteries

A small society lottery is a lottery that is promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society (such as a charity or similar non-profit making organisation) to raise funds for any of the purposes for which the society or organisation is set up.

Small society lotteries do not require a licence but must be registered with the licensing authority in the area where the Society's principle premises is situated.

An application to register a small society lottery should be on the relevant application form, available to download below, and accompanied by any necessary documents and the appropriate fee.

The maximum prize per ticket in either money or monies worth is £25,000.

Further advice on running a lottery including raffles, tombolas and sweepstakes is available from the Gambling Commission.

Join our Community Lottery

Did you know we have launched the Elmbridge Community Lottery?  This is a fundraising solution where you do not need a small society lottery licence, saving you precious admin time and annual fees. 

If you are a local not-for-profit organisation you can apply for a website for free! You get promotions with marketing materials throughout the year to help you shout about your cause plus supporters can win cash prizes up to the £25k jackpot every week.

For every £1 ticket sold, 60p goes to good causes - 50p is given to the group nominated by the ticket buyer and 10p goes to support other good causes within Elmbridge through a fund administered by the council. 20p goes towards prizes and the remaining 20p is for VAT and lottery administration costs. 

It's an ideal, safe, online fundraising solution for a wide range of causes, such as community groups, clubs, charities, sports clubs, animal welfare and many more! 

Find out more and register today

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