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Incidental non-commercial lotteries

An incidental non-commercial lottery is one that is incidental to a non-commercial event and where the conditions in Part 1 of Schedule 11 to the Gambling Act 2005 are satisfied.

Examples include a lottery held at a school fete or at a dinner dance. An event is non-commercial if all the money raised at the event, including entrance fees, goes entirely to purposes that are not for private gain. A social event with an entrance fee would be non-commercial if the profits went to a society, therefore, but would not be non-commercial if the profits were retained by the organiser for private gain.

The promoters of the lottery may not:

  • deduct more than £100 from the proceeds to cover the cost of organising the lottery;
  • deduct more than £500 from the proceeds to cover the cost of prizes awarded in the lottery;
  • involve a roll-over of prizes from one lottery to another.

All tickets must be sold at the location during the event and the result made public while the event takes place.


For more information contact Licensing Unit by telephone: Licensing Services - 01634 337107 or 337108 / Enforcement - 01634 337112 or 337106 or by email: licensing@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR