Register a lottery/raffle
If you run a small society and want to operate a lottery or raffle you will need to be registered with Cheltenham Borough Council, unless you fall into one of the exemption categories listed below. A full list of lottery types is available on the Gambling Commission's website.
Definition of a lottery
A lottery is an arrangement where:
- people pay to take part
- one or more prizes can be won
- winners are chosen wholly on chance
This includes, for example duck races, film race nights, cloakroom tickets sold at private clubs, sweepstakes and raffles.
Small society lotteries
A small society lottery must be non-commercial, that is:
- for charitable purposes
- for the purpose of allowing participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity
- for any other purpose other than private gain
Limits on the size of a small society lottery
The total value of tickets must not exceed £20,000 for a single lottery or £250,000 for one year.
Find more information on running a lottery.
Registering a small society lottery
Before you apply to register your lottery with us, please read the full guidance.
You need to give us:
- completed application form to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- fee which can be paid by debit/credit card (online)
The registration is for an unlimited period and does not have an expiry date. However there is an annual fee which must be paid before the anniversary of the society being registered. A reminder will be emailed approximately two months before the annual renewal date. If you fail to pay this fee your registration will stop and you will need to apply for a new registration.
Once you have carried out your lottery, you will need to send a return statement to us with details of the amounts raised. This should be returned no later than 3 months after the date of the lottery.
Help with your application
The Gambling Commission have written some advice on running a lottery.