Also known as draws or raffles, a lottery is often a good way to raise funds for charities or for the supporting of, sport, athletics and cultural activities or for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.
Apart from the National Lottery, there are only four types of lottery which are legal.
The following types of lotteries do not need a permit.
- Incidental Non-Commercial Lottery - tickets are sold as part of an event, but not in advance; only those attending the event can purchase tickets.
- Private Lotteries - lottery held at a work place or in a residents association
- Customer Lotteries - lottery held in a business premises; the event cannot be advertised outside the premises; limited prize draw
The following type of lottery needs a permit before they can be held.
- Small Society Lotteries - tickets are sold in advance of a draw to members of the public.
New permits cost £40 and last 12 months from the date of issue. Permits can be renewed for £20.
The total value of tickets for sale for single lottery cannot exceed £20,000. The annual value of tickets for all lotteries per calendar year must not exceed £250,000.
If you plan to exceed either of these values, you must be licensed with the Gambling Commission .
You must register your small society lottery with the council. Fees can be paid as part of your online application or you can send a cheque made payable to Torbay Council. Please write details of your application on the reverse of the cheque.
Every society must submit a returns form following each draw. The return must be submitted no later than 3 months from the date the last draw that took place.
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