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DDCMS launch consultation on society lotteries reform

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DDCMS launch consultation on society lotteries reform 29th June 2018

Article updated 26 July 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DDCMS) have launched a consultation on changes to the amount of money society lotteries can raise for good causes.

The consultation concerns both large and small society lotteries.

Large Society Lotteries

In the case of large society lotteries, the Government recommends increasing the maximum draw prize from its current limit of £400,000 to £500,000. The consultation will also ask for views on increasing the number of tickets society lotteries can sell to a value of £100 million per year and the amount they can raise per draw to £5 million.

The move would allow charities and community groups to increase fundraising methods through society lotteries, while protecting the National Lottery’s ability to raise money for good causes.

The individual draw limit for large society lotteries was last raised in 2009. The government’s decision to consult follows the sector’s calls for limits to be increased.

Small Society Lotteries

Changing the thresholds at which smaller society lotteries require a Gambling Commission licence would bring more lotteries into a lighter touch regulatory regime (local authority registration), and therefore reduce regulatory burdens.

The Government are consulting on proposals to retain the current limits, or to amend individual per draw sales limits to £30,000 or £40,000 and annual sales limits to £400,000 or £500,000. The two options are not linked, and the Government has no preferred option.

The limits for small society lotteries have not been changed since the Gambling Act 2005 came into force in 2007.  There has not been a strong call from the sector for any to change sales limits for small society lotteries, but the Government considers that increasing the limits would help towards minimising the administrative and regulatory burdens.

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society said:

“Society lotteries make a vital difference to communities up and down the country. They raise hundreds of millions of pounds every year, supporting our veterans, lifeboats, hospices, air ambulances and many other great causes.

“They are an important fundraising tool for charities and we want to ensure that both society lotteries and the National Lottery are able to thrive now and in the future.

“Society lotteries - such as those run by charities, The Health Lottery and People’s Postcode Lottery - raised over £255 million for good causes in 2016/17.”

View the consultation document

Institute of Licensing

The IoL is consulting members via an online survey to gather views to inform its response to the consultation.  The survey can be accessed via the link below and will close on Monday 17 August to enable responses to be collated.


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