Information about lottery licences.
A lottery is a game of chance in which tickets are sold which later may lead to the winning of a prize.
Lotteries may take the form of:
A lottery must be conducted for charitable purposes and never for personal gain.
In order to carry out a lottery, you will need to apply to the licensing team for a small society lottery registration.
Unless the lottery meets any of the exemptions below:
A small society lottery must only be conducted for charitable purposes and never for personal gain.
Guidance on running a lottery (pdf 256kb opens in new window)
A small society lottery cannot exceed £20,000 in ticket sales for each draw or £250,000 ticket sales within a calendar year.
If your lottery may exceed these limits you will need a lottery operating licence from the Gambling Commission.
The Gambling Commission website can provide information on applying for a lottery licence.
Gambling Commission (external website)
In order to apply for a small society lottery registration you will need to complete the application form and send it along with a fee of £40 to the licensing team.
Please note: a lottery must only be conducted for charitable purposes and never for personal gain.
Apply online for a small lottery registration
New lottery application (word 38kb opens in new window)
Fees can paid direct to the licensing team using a credit or debit card by calling 01482 396297.
You can also submit your application form and fee at any local customer service centre. Please use our customer service centre finder to locate your nearest centre.
Once your application has been received and processed you will receive a certificate in the post. This will show your registration number and the start date of your registration.
Your lottery must be run in line with the Gambling Act 2005 regulations and a return form must be completed after each draw showing the income and expenditure of the lottery.
Lottery Return form (pdf 63kb opens in new window)
Your lottery registration will only continue to be valid if you pay the annual fee of £20 each year before or on the date the registration was granted.
Failure to pay the annual fee will result in the lapse of the registration. If you then want to continue to hold a lottery you will be required to submit a new application at the cost of £40.
Payment can be made by cheque made payable to East Riding of Yorkshire Council direct to the Licensing Team, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 9BA, by card over the telephone:
Tel: (01482) 396297
or at a cashiers at one of the local customers service centres.
If payment is made at a cashiers at one of the local customer’s service centres you will be required to send a copy of the receipt to the licensing team at the above address.
Apply online to renew a small lottery registration
Payment can be made by card over the telephone:
or pay at a cashiers at one of the local customers service centres.
You will receive a letter from the licensing team to confirm that your annual fee has been received and processed along with a new set of return forms.
Failure to pay the annual fee will result in the lapse of the registration. If you then want to continue to hold lotteries you will be required to submit a new application at the cost of £40.
Lotteries are regulated under the terms of the Gambling Act 2005. The licensing team check returns to ensure compliance with the regulations.
The licensing team will also investigate unlicensed lotteries and lotteries, which may be running outside of the regulations. If you want to report potentially unlicensed or suspicious lotteries please contact the licensing team providing as much information as possible, by: