Small Lotteries

Small Lotteries

Society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society.

A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted for charitable purposes. It enables participation in, or supporting of, sport, athletics and cultural activities and for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

Registration of a lottery

The promoting society of a small society lottery must, throughout the period during which the lottery is promoted, be registered with a licensing authority. The promoting society must register with the licensing authority in which their principal office is located.

There is a fee of £40 to be paid when submitting an application to the local authority to be registered for a small lottery. A renewal fee of £20 applies every year from the time it was registered.

Size of a lottery

The total value of tickets to be put on sale per single lottery must be £20,000 or less, or the aggregate value of tickets to be put on sale for all their lotteries in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000. If the operator plans to exceed either of these values  then they will be classed as a large lottery operator, and must be licensed with the Gambling Commission instead.

How to apply

Our application form can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

Contact us

Licensing Unit
Walsall Council
Civic Centre
Darwall Street

Telephone 01922 653050

This page was last updated on 26 September 2016