Raffles, totes and lotteries
The promotion of lotteries (this covers raffles and totes) is governed by the Gambling Act 2005.
Your society must fill out and return a raffles, totes and lotteries registration form (PDF File, 318kb) if you wish to hold certain lotteries in Newark and Sherwood.
There is an initial licensing fee of £40. Subsequently your registration can be renewed each year by completing this lottery renewal form (PDF File, 589kb) and returning with a fee of £20.
We have 28 days from receipt to process your application. You’ll be provided with a registration certificate. A register of licensed lotteries is available at the council offices for public inspection.
The following types of lottery do not require registration:
- a private lottery where the sale of tickets is strictly restricted to members of a society only, such as a rugby club or a sports and social club
- a small lottery where tickets are sold and prizes are drawn at the same event, such as a social dinner or bazaar
You must register if your raffle tickets are sold prior to the day of the draw.
Tickets must be pre-printed and include:
- the name of Newark and Sherwood Council
- the name of your society
- the name and the address of the promoter
- the date on which the draw is to take place
Following the draw, you must complete a returns form detailing money spent on expenses (PDF File, 111kb) and prizes and how much money was raised. You cannot spend more than 80% of the total proceeds on prizes.
If only members of your society hold tote numbers, this is classed as a private lottery and is exempt from the act. If, however, members of the public take part in the tote, then you must register, and submit a return of expenses form (PDF File, 111kb). Again, you cannot spend more than 80% of the total proceeds on prizes.
If you have any queries about if your raffle needs a licence please contact us.