A general guide to the law and requirements for obtaining a society lottery registration.

The law on lotteries is complex and not straightforward. This page is intended to provide help and guidance to societies wishing to promote lotteries. It also tells you what other types of lotteries can be conducted without breaking the law.

This guide takes into account changes in the law which came into effect on 1 September 2007 under the Gambling Act 2005 (“the Act”).

We have tried to explain this legislation plainly and clearly. We may not cover every individual aspect of lottery law and you should still consult the Act and associated regulations mentioned and take professional or legal advice if appropriate.

Pages within this section will tell you:

  • What the main legal requirements are.
  • What information we need from societies to enable us to consider your registration.

We will be asking you to complete an application form in order that we can process your application quickly. All information received will be treated with respect and in confidence.

Please read this page carefully. Feel free to ask (or phone) for advice at any time.

Small society lotteries - Guidance notes