Small society lotteries are often referred to as raffles or draws and can be a good way to raise funds for charitable purposes.

If money is paid for the chance to win a prize where no skill, judgement or knowledge affects the outcome, this is known as a lottery.  If your society wants to do this you may need to register with us.


If all of the tickets are sold on the same day as the draw, for example at a fête or dance, this wouldn't need registering and can still be run using 'cloakroom tickets'.

There are limitations set for small society lotteries and if your lottery exceeds these limitations you will need to register with the gambling commission. You can find out more about this in our guidance.

How to apply

If your society wants to carry out a small society lottery you'll need to apply for a small society lottery registration

You'll also need to send us a return no later than three months after you have carried out your draw.


Further information about small society lotteries and how to apply is in our guide to small society lotteries.



If you have an issue with a small society lottery then you can tell us about this. Please telephone us or send us an email. 

Public register

You can view details of existing registrations for small society lotteries on our licensing public register