Gambling for Good Causes

Those involved in fundraising for good causes often organise events involving types of gambling as a means to raise money. Typical fundraising activities that involve gambling include:

  • Lotteries (such as raffles and tombolas).
  • Race nights.
  • Casino nights.
  • Bingo.

Gambling laws allows most such gambling activities to be provided on a non-commercial basis, without the need for permission from the local authority or the Gambling Commission, provided that relevant rules are followed.

Lotteries

A simply advice leaflet on running a lottery, including raffles, tombolas and sweepstakes has been produced by the Gambling Commission and can be downloaded below

Gambling Commission - Basic advice on running lotteries

More detailed guidance on running small lotteries can be downloaded here:

Gambling Commission – Organising small lotteries

If your lottery cannot be run in such a way as to fall within the definition of an "exempt lottery" you may decide to register with us to provide small society lotteries.

Race Nights, Casino Nights etc.

A simple advice leaflet on running a race night, casino night or similar event for a good cause has been produced by the Gambling Commission and can be downloaded below:

Gambling Commission – Can I hold a race night, casino night or poker night?

Bingo

A simple advice leaflet on organising bingo for a good cause can be downloaded below:

Organising Bingo for a good cause

Further Information

More detailed information on organising non-commercial prize gaming and non-commercial equal chance gaming, including any conditions that must be complied with, is provided below:

Gambling Commission - Advice on non-commercial and private gaming and betting