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How to Run a Raffle Legally in the UK

This information is for anyone planning to raise money through a legal raffle or lottery. Selling numbered tickets to win prizes is a way of running legalized raffles.

RAFFLE LAWS UK: Running a raffle or lotto is a method of raising funds.

It produces a kitty through the sale of specified and numbered raffle tickets.

Participants draw them at random so that the winning holder or holders claim a prize.

Raffles Rules vs. Lotteries Rules

Some raffles are a legal type of lottery. Whereas others may get drawn alongside lotteries - feel a little confused?

The basic function of raffles, fete tombolas, and lotteries are similar in many ways. But, there are a handful of significant and fundamental differences between these types of money raisers.

  1. Lottery rules usually allow you to choose your own numbers.
  2. There is always a guaranteed jackpot winner according to raffle rules and regulations.
  3. A legal raffle is generally run with time constraints.
  4. As a rule, there are a limited number of tickets available in raffles.
  5. Typically, lottery jackpots grow in prize money, whereas raffle jackpots are set at a fixed return.

Selling Raffle Tickets Rules

How to Run a Raffle Legally in the United KingdomWondering how to sell raffle tickets? Each raffle ticket must specify:

Running a Raffle for Profit: Is a Raffle Legal?

The Gambling Act 2005 supercedes the 'Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976' and now oversees the legalities of lotteries and some prize draws in the United Kingdom.

Check out the 'Gambling Commission' website for further information. It has comprehensive details on the complex UK raffle laws, lotteries, and tombolas.

There are important raffle rules and regulations that operators must abide by. It depends on what type of raffle, lotto, or tombola (usually held at a fairground) you are organising. But, failure to do so can end in prosecution by the legal authorities of the United Kingdom.

You can also contact the local council department. They can provide extra guidance on the requirements to run a raffle legally in the UK. Councils will also help operators to secure a raffle licence (where applicable).

Organising Raffles

Drawing the Raffle

Lottery Operating Licence

There are two principle types of raffle licence that you may need to get from the Gambling Commission.

They get issued to those who want to run or promote a large society lottery or for community authorities to carry out their lotteries. The licence will be either an operating licence or a personal management licence.


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Online Raffle Laws UK

You may also need a remote gambling licence. They are for organisers of a lottery by means of remote electronic communication. As a rule, participants in this type of online raffle use the Internet or a telephone.

There are some circumstances in which you do not need a lottery operating licence. But, you cannot run them for private or commercial gain. These are some common events where you do not need a lottery operating licence:

The Gambling Commission

Set up under the Gambling Act 2005, the Gambling Commission regulates commercial gambling in Great Britain. The Gambling Act 2005 came into full force on the 1st of September 2007.

It is an independent non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. They have over 200 employees who are mostly based in Birmingham.

This includes over 60 compliance and enforcement managers working across Great Britain. The work of the Gambling Commission gets funded by fees which get paid by the operators that it licenses.

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