How to apply for a lottery registration

Registration and returns

When registering a society, the relevant local authority is the council for the area in which the principal premises of the society is situated. The promoting society must, throughout the period of the lottery promotion, be registered with us.


Under paragraph 47 of Schedule 11 of the Gambling Act 2005, we must refuse an application if in the previous five years the applicant has had a gambling operating licence application refused.   

We must also refuse an application if, following a review, the applicant has had an existing licence revoked by the Gambling Commission because it thought that:

  • The licensed activity was being carried out in a manner inconsistent with the licensing objectives
  • A condition of the licence was breached
  • The licensee failed to cooperate with a review
  • The licensee was unsuitable to carry out the licensed activity  

A gambling operating licence may also be revoked for other reasons but only these reasons constitute a basis on which registration of small society lotteries must be refused.

Under paragraph 48 of Schedule 11, we may also refuse an application if:

  • The applicant is not a non-commercial society
  • A person who will or may be connected with the promotion of the lottery has been convicted of a relevant offence (as defined under section 126 and schedule 7 of the Act)
  • Information provided in or with the application for registration is false or misleading

Lottery return statement

The promoting society must send a statement containing information regarding each lottery to us. This statement must be supplied within the period of three months beginning with the day on which the draw, or last draw, in the lottery takes place.

Two approved members of the society must sign the statement. Alternatively, if the society has its own governing body, they must also sign the statement.

It is an offence not to submit a statement for each lottery held. Written records of any unsold or returned tickets should be retained by the society for a period of one year from the date of the lottery draw.

On your return you will need to include:

• The signature of two adult members of your society who have been appointed in writing (electronic signatures are acceptable)
• The date on which tickets were available for sale or supply, the dates the draw took place and value of prizes, including donated prizes and any rollover
• The total proceeds from the lottery or lotteries.
• The amount that has been deducted for prizes and the costs incurred in organising the lottery, not including the registration fee
• All donated prizes. However, do not include them as part of the cost of prizes section as the society hasn't bought them out of the proceeds
• Any expenses that were incurred in connection with the lottery and deducted from the proceeds. State the amount of expenses and the source they were paid from

Please note: The lottery return must not include any sums given to its charitable purpose that exceed its net proceeds as the additional sum did not form part of the total proceeds. For example, if total proceeds were £100, the expenses were £20 and the cost of the prizes were £30, the maximum amount it can give to its charitable purpose of the lottery is £50. It may decide to donate £100, but only £50 came from the lottery with the other £50 coming from another revenue source.

Submit a lottery return statement

Alternatively, we can send you a return form: Contact Licensing

Last updated: ‎19‎/‎07‎/‎2023‎ ‎16:49‎