Regulator consults on charity lottery reforms

The Gambling Commission has opened a new consultation on planned Society Lottery reforms.

The report, published here, seeks views on potential changes to sales and prize limits for large and small society lotteries.

It comes after the Government announced changes to the scheme which enables not-for-profit organisations to run society lotteries to promote charitable causes.

Large society lotteries are defined as competitions that have proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw, and have aggregate proceeds from lotteries in excess of £250,000 in any one year. They also require a licence from the Gambling Commission to operate.

Small society lotteries or raffles, meanwhile, do not require a licence but must be registered with the local authority in the area where the principal office of the society is located.

Under the proposals, section 99 (3) of the Gambling Act 2005 would be amended to raise the per draw limit on lottery proceeds (ticket sales) from £4 million to £5 million, with the result that the maximum individual prize will raise from £400,000 to £500,000.

In addition, the annual aggregate proceeds limit will rise from £10 million to £50 million – around £50 million less than initially expected.

The announcement follows recent figures revealing that society lotteries raised more than £332 million for the not-for-profit sector last year.

The 2018/19 figure, published by the Gambling Commission, represents an 11 per cent increase, or around £32.95 million more, compared to the previous year.

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