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Lottery registration

Charity lotteries must be registered with us. A lottery is where people are required to pay to participate and prizes, including money, are allocated wholly on chance. A lottery might also be called a raffle or prize draw.

It is a criminal offence to carry out unlicensed activities and, if convicted, you could be given a £20,000 fine and a six-month prison term.

Apply for a licence (PDF)

If your application is unsuccessful, you may appeal to a magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision.

For more information see:

  • our fees page for the relevant fee
  • our online Licence Register where all applications and licences are recorded 
  • GOV.UK for the rules about lottery registration