A Quick Guide

It is the responsibility of the organisation/promoter to ensure that they conform to the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005.

Further guidance can be found at:
a) http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/Gambling-sectors/Lotteries/Lotteries-raffles.aspx
b) Local councils' Licensing Department

Brief summary of requirements

Generally speaking, if tickets are to be sold to the general public, in advance of the raffle being drawn then a licence should be obtained from your local authority.

If tickets are to be sold only at an event to a specific group eg members of a club, work force, and the raffle is held on the day of that event, then a licence isn't required - this is classed as a Private Draw.

Raffle tickets may not be sold to or by persons under 16 years of age.

Information required on the ticket

  • Name of organisation / society
  • Registered charity number - if applicable
  • Date of draw
  • Name and address / contact address of the promoter
  • Conforms to Gambling Act 2005 / Conforms to current legislation
  • Ticket price - each ticket must be evenly priced. It is illegal to offer free tickets eg 25p per ticket - 5 tickets for £1.
  • Private Draw - when no licence is required the ticket must state who the sale of tickets is restricted to eg members of a particular club or workforce.

The above information is given as a guide only, Threapleton Printers are not qualified to advise on matters of law. It is the promoter's responsibility to ensure the raffle is compliant. We reserve the right to refuse to process any order whose legality is open to question.