Registration of Small Society Lotteries

Under the 2005 Act promoting or facilitating a lottery is illegal unless it is either (1) a licensed lottery, licensed by way of an operating licence from the Gambling Commission or (2) an exempt lottery under Schedule 11 of the 2005 Act, which includes "small society lotteries".

The Licensing Team is able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your registration form or provide legal advice on whether a registration is required. Applicants should consult the gambling licensing webpages for general guidance before making any application.

In relation to applications received for lottery registrations the most common type of lottery is a raffle.

To qualify as a small society lottery:

  1. the lottery must be promoted wholly on behalf of a "non-commercial society";  
  2. it must be a "small lottery"; and
  3. the other conditions of a small society lottery specified in Part 4 of the Gambling Act 2005 must be satisfied.

In order to qualify for this exemption, any non-commercial society promoting a small society lottery in West Lothian must, throughout the period during which the lottery is promoted, be registered with the Board.

If you are a non-commercial society and wish to promote a small lottery within West Lothian, you can apply to be registered with the Board.

Guidance issued by the Gambling Commission is also available in relation to fundraising with lotteries, raffles or gambling at events.

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