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Guidance Notes – Law and Practice of Running Lotteries


This Guidance Note on Law and Practice of Running Lotteries deals with the topic of raffles and other types of lotteries, in particular those held to fundraise for a charity or other good cause, where the raffle is run by a private society (e.g. a charity, members’ club, or other non-profit organisation), a group of work colleagues at a single work location, a group of residents at a single location, or by any commercial or other organisation.

The note explains how, since the passing of the Legislative Reform (Exempt Lotteries) Order in 2016, there has been greater scope for carrying out fundraising for the benefit of charities or other good causes by means of raffles and other lotteries.

The note is supplemented by the accompanying Description of Lawful raffles and Checklist for Lawful Raffles which provide practical guidance for anyone considering organising a raffle for the benefit of a charity or other good cause.

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