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Raffles and lotteries have to be registered under the Gambling Act 2005. This Act defines all lotteries, which do not constitute gaming, as illegal but there are exceptions to this general rule such as small lotteries and private lotteries which do not require registration.

We register small society lotteries. These are lotteries promoted for the raising of funds for sporting, charitable or benevolent purposes. A typical society lottery would be a local school or a local amateur football club.

Lotteries not promoted by societies or where the value of the tickets for sale in a lottery exceeds £25,000 have to register with the Gambling Commission. 

Tickets sold by a registered society must contain the following information:

  • the name of the promoting society
  • the price of the ticket (must be the same for all tickets)
  • the name and address of the member of the society who is designated as having responsibility at the society for promoting small lotteries, or (if there is one) the external lottery manager
  • the date of the draw, or enables the date to be determined.

Apply for a licence

You will need to download a licence application from this page, complete it and return it to us with the right payment. 

You can return your completed application by email to: or by post to: 

Licensing Team
Ashfield District Council
Council Offices
Urban Road
NG17 8DA.

Notify us of returns

You must notify us of the results of the lottery within 3 months of it taking place, using our returns form. You can download it from this page and return it by email or post. 

Renewing licences

To renew your small society lottery licence, you must apply at least 2 months before your existing licence is due to expire.

How much does it cost?

It costs £40 for a new registration and £20 for a renewal. If you need a copy of an existing licence this costs £5. 

You can pay for licences by debit or credit card through our online system. 

Pay for your application

Other ways to contact us about lottery licences

If you have questions about the licence or need an application form you can contact us by: