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 simple advice leaflet on running a lottery, including raffles, tombolas and sweepstakes has been produced by the  pdf Gambling Commission - Basic advice on running lotteries (258 KB) .

Download a more detailed guide on running small lotteries:  pdf Gambling Commission – Organising small lotteries (238 KB) .

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  pdf Gambling Commission – Can I hold a race night, casino night or poker night? (405 KB)

Bingo

pdf Organising Bingo for a good cause leaflet. (506 KB)

Further Information

Visit the  pdf Gambling Commission  (88 KB) for more detailed information on organising non-commercial prize gaming and non-commercial equal chance gaming, including any conditions that must be complied with.