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Lottery licence

​​​​The Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976, as amended by the National Lottery Act 1993, controls the conduct of small lotteries, raffles and so on by societies raising money for charitable, sports and other similar purposes, otherwise than for personal gain.

The society on whose behalf the lottery is promoted must first be registered with us if their Head Office is within Rochdale borough; use the contact details to the right to get in touch with us.

Registering a society

We may register a society, which is established for one of the following purposes:

  • Charitable purposes
  • Participation in or support of athletic sports or games or cultural activities
  • Purposes which, not being described in paragraph (1) or (2) above, are neither purposes of private gain or commercial undertaking

If the total amount of chances sold for any one lottery is less than £20,000 or the total for all lotteries held in a calendar year is less than £250,000 then the society must register with the us.

If a society wishes to run lotteries which exceed these amounts they must register with the Gambling Commission.  Any current registrations with the Commission will be automatically converted on 1 September 2007 under the new provisions under the Gambling Act 2005

Application for registration of small society lotteries, for example less than £20,000 must be made to us and a registration certificate may be issued, provided the society meets certain criteria.

If the society is registered, we may subsequently decide that the registration should be revoked if the society no longer falls within the provisions of Section 5 of the Act or if any person is convicted of a relevant offence.

Any current registrations with us will be automatically converted on 1 September 2007 under the new provisions under the Gambling Act 2005, after which all new registrations will be under the Gambling Act.

Lottery returns

When a lottery has been held, the promoter must complete and send a return form to us, not later than the end of the third month after the date of the lottery. The return must be certified by two members of the society, (other than the promoter) being persons 18 years old or over appointed in writing by the society's governing body. Return forms will be sent to each society with their registration certificate. Further forms may be obtained from the address above.

Download a Lottery return form (128kb pdf)

The council's authorised Licensing Enforcement Officers may require that a society allows them to inspect and take copies of any documents or information, relating to a lottery promoted on behalf of the society, and give them such assistance as they may require to enable them to inspect and check the operation of any computer and any associated apparatus or material that is or has been used in connection with the keeping of information.

Further information

For further information on the new arrangements under the Gambling Act 2005, check out the Gambling Commission website.

The Gambling Commission


Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU