Drawing Your Raffle

Raffles, prize draws, 100 clubs, sweepstakes and tombola are all types of lottery.  They all include the selling of tickets at a set price and the chances of winning are the same for everyone who enters. These forms of lottery are regulated under requirements set out by The Gambling Act 2005.

If your community group is considering this fundraising option, check legal requirements with either your local authority or the Gambling Commission.

Best Practice Guidelines for drawing your raffle 

Incidental non-commercial lotteries

If your raffle is being held as part of a fundraising event – perhaps at a gala or dinner dance – make the draw the highlight of your event. Treat it as the grand finale and build up the suspense by announcing it at regular intervals throughout the event:-

  • organise the press or your nominate photographer to be in place ready to record the draw
  • make sure that you have someone impartial to make the draw - ideally someone who has not bought a ticket.

Consider blindfolding them to add to the drama and to guarantee no cheating.

Larger society lotteries 

Selling raffle tickets on a larger scale to the general public will fall under the definition of a Society Lottery. For this type of lottery your group will require permission from the Gambling Commission and/or registration with your local authority.

If you have sold tickets to the general public on a large scale it is unlikely that your ticket holders will be able to attend the draw.  However, you can still make the draw an occasion by:-

  • making sure that the date of the draw is on the tickets
  • using the opportunity to invite donors and/or sponsors to meet staff and committee or board members
  • getting the press to attend

The draw should be done by someone impartial.

Make sure that you contact winners within seven days of the draw and make sure that prizes are sent out as soon as possible. All reasonable efforts should be made to award prizes to the winning ticket owners.

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