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Small society lotteries

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the Council is responsible for providing a registration system for small non-commercial society lotteries.

Societies, which fulfil the main criteria below, are designated as small society lotteries (SSL) under the Act if:

  • it is for a non-commercial purpose
  • the total value of tickets to be put on sale per single lottery must not exceed £20,000 or
  • the aggregate value of tickets to be put on sale for all lotteries in a calendar year must not exceed £250,000

All forms must be submitted to the licensing service with the relevant fees.

Copies must sent to responsible authorities.


Together with your application form, please also submit:

  • a cheque/postal order for £40 made payable to the London Borough of Hackney; or cash paid in at the licensing service office
  • a copy of either the terms and conditions or constitution of the society; this will establish what the purpose of the society is and whether the society is running as a non-commercial organisation
  • a declaration from the applicants that they represent a bona fide non-commercial society and identifying how the purpose of the society is established
  • a declaration from the applicants that they have no relevant convictions (as listed in Schedule 7 of the Gambling Act 2005) that could prevent them from running lotteries
Page updated on: 5 July 2019

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