Society lotteries raise over £332 million for good causes

Society lotteries raised more than £332 million for the not-for-profit sector last year, new research has revealed.

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.

The figures do not include the amount raised by the National Lottery, which raised £1.5 billion over the same period.

Regulated by the Gambling Commission, society lotteries can only be run to promote charitable causes. They are split into two groups: small and large lotteries.

Large society lotteries are defined as competitions that have proceeds that exceed £20,000 for a single draw, and had 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.

Commenting on the record amount raised, Tony Vick, Lotteries Council chair, said: “This has been a great year of charity fundraising by charity lotteries, with charities across the country benefiting as a result.

“We also welcome that both charity lottery funding and National Lottery sales are on a growth trajectory, which makes clear that both types of lottery are growing together.”

Mr Vick added: “The Lotteries Council are calling on the UK government to bring forward changes in the law to help charity lotteries to grow their funding to good causes, and these latest statistics further strengthen the case for those changes.”

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