Small raffles or lotteries held by a local society to raise funds for charity, social or cultural activities or any other non-commercial purpose in Eastbourne must be registered with the council.
Small Society Lotteries - Apply to the Council
For a small society lottery in Eastbourne, the society must register with the council annually and must provide returns showing the amount raised by each lottery and the purposes for which the money is raised.
This requirement is under the Gambling Act 2005, which has replaced similar provisions in the previous Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.
You can download the application form and guidance notes to run a small society lottery below. In Eastbourne you should send the form to the council's Licensing Team in Environmental Health, with the fee of £40.
Large Lotteries - Apply to the Gambling Commission
Large society lotteries - societies that run lotteries where the ticket sales in a single lottery exceed £20,000, or the proceeds in all lotteries run in the same calendar year exceeds £250,000, are regulated by the Gambling Commission - go to their website for more information and how to apply.
Free draws and prize competitions are free from statutory control under the Gambling Act 2005 and do not require a licence. For further details and other exemptions, go to the Gambling Commission website.