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Small Society Lotteries

Posted on 8 July 2008 at 6:51 pm
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  • Anonymous
    8 July 2008 at 6:51 pm #3166

    Can anyone advise? I work for a large national charity, with local branches throughout the UK. One of our branches wants to apply for a small society lottery license for an event held in their area. The local council has told them that they cannot apply locally and that the application must be handled where the charity’s head office is based (100 miles away) Is this correct, it certainly has never been the case in the past. Cheers, guys.

    18 July 2008 at 9:26 am #10582

    Can I preface this by saying that lottery law is a mess, and is open to interpretation!

    However (and this has been my Specialist Subject in the past, though I am NOT a lawyer!) the promoter can apply to the LA where the draw is taking place, or to the one where the Head Office is located.

    As a general rule of thumb, if the tickets are to be sold widely (ie outside the LA’s area) they will often suggest the Head Office patch as more appropriate. However, my reading of the regulations indicates that it should ordinarily be the area where the draw takes place that should give the license.

    Hope this helps


    Gerry Beldon FInstF
    Director, 26-01 CIC

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