Background and Eligibility Criteria
A society should be one that is established and conducted for charitable purposes; for the
purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity; or any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.
It is important that the society is established for one of the above purposes, and that the proceeds of any lottery are for those purposes. It is illegal to establish a society whose sole purpose is to have lotteries - it must have some other purpose.
A small society lottery is one that is non-commercial (as above) and one where the total value of tickets to be put on sale per single lottery is £20,000 or less, or the overall value of tickets to be put on sale for all their lotteries in a calendar year does not exceed £250,000.
If the operator plans to be commercial or exceed these values then they will be classed as a large lottery operator, and must be licensed with the Gambling Commission instead.
The promoting society of a small society lottery must be registered with the licensing authority where their principal office is located.
It is possible to promote a lottery without requiring registration, but only for certain types of exempt lotteries and only when the necessary criteria is met. But in most cases, registration will be required.