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Small Society Lotteries

Small Societies wishing to promote lotteries e.g. raffles, tombolas and prize draws must register with Craven District Council as a small society lottery.

The Council registers non commercial local societies who wish to raise funds through raffles and tombolas for charitable purposes.

A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted:

  • for charitable purposes
  • for the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity
  • for any other purpose other than that of private gain.

A small society lottery:

  • does not have proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw
  • does not have aggregate proceeds from lotteries in excess of £250,000 in any one year.

There are strict rules concerning raffles and prize draws which include:

  • the information printed on the ticket
  • how much money can be allocated to prizes and expenses
  • who can buy and sell tickets
  • how the tickets are sold
  • filing returns with the Council 

Tickets must state:

  • the name of the society on whose behalf the lottery is being promoted
  • the price of the ticket
  • the name and address of the person responsible for the promotion of the lottery
  • the date of the draw

Tickets may not be sold to any person in a street but can be sold in a kiosk or from door to door. The minimum age for participation is 16 years.

Lotteries, raffles and tombolas with alcohol as a prize are exempt from licensing provided the following conditions are met:

  • The lottery is promoted as part of a bazaar, sale of work, fete, dinner, dance, sporting or athletic event or other entertainment of a similar character
  • None of the financial proceeds (after the deduction of relevant expenses) are used for private gain
  • None of the prizes are money prizes
  • Tickets are sold or issued and the result of the draw is announced at the time of (and in the same place) as the entertainment
  • The lottery is not the main reason to attend the event
  • The alcohol is in a sealed container

More information is available in the lottery guidance notes which are available to download.

Exempt Lotteries

The following exempt lotteries do not need to apply for a small society lottery registration:

  • Incidental lotteries - commonly held at charity fundraising events for example a raffle at a dinner dance
  • Private society lotteries - only members of the society and those on society premises may participate
  • Work lotteries - only people who work together on the same premises may participate
  • Resident's lotteries - only people who live at the same premises may participate
  • Customer Lotteries - only customers at the business premises may participate

How to register a small society lottery

Contact us for further information and application forms. 

Registration Fees Are £40


How to Apply

Lottery Application Form

Lottery Return Form


Further information on returns can be found here.

Applications can be made by post to Licensing at Craven District Council or be submitted electronically to