Society lotteries are lotteries established for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted:
- For charitable purposes
- To enable participation in, or to support, sports, athletic or cultural activities; or
- For any other non-commercial purpose other than private gain.
A society must hold a lottery operating licence issued by the gambling commission if the total proceeds exceed £20,000 or £250,000 in cumulative lotteries in one calendar year. If the proceeds are below these levels, the society must register with East Staffordshire Borough Council as a 'small society lottery'.
If you wish to sell lottery tickets and receive payments by means of remote communication, i.e. not face to face but via telephone, fax or over the internet, you will need to apply for a remote gambling operating licence in addition to a lottery operating licence from the gambling commission.
Societies will be subject to an annual fee which will become payable on the anniversary of the grant of the original licence. Local authorities will be given powers to cancel registrations where an annual fee is not paid.
How much does it cost?
For further information on costs please see our licensing fees page.
Please download the relevant application form(s), and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Licensing Team, P.O. Box 8045, Burton upon Trent, DE14 9JG.