Register a small lottery

Use this guide to register a small lottery and find information on the other types of lottery.

Lotteries are one of the most popular types of gambling in the UK.

Any type of competition or prize draw scheme will be classed as a lottery if:

  • players have to pay in order to take part
  • one or more prizes is allocated to one or more players
  • prizes are allocated by a process which relies wholly on chance (or if there is more than one round to select a winner, the first round relies wholly on chance).

Because of this wide-ranging definition, several types of competition could fall within the definition of a lottery, including:

  • raffles
  • tombolas
  • sweepstakes
  • 100/500 clubs
  • prize draws.

In some cases, this will require the promoter to register with us, or obtain a licence from the Gambling Commission.