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We want to run a raffle/tombola/racenight. Do we need a licence?

The general rule is that all lotteries and most forms of gambling are unlawful unless conducted as specified in various Statute(s). Lotteries include any kind of draw or raffle.

Gaming is the legal word covering all sorts of gambling, betting and wagering including such things as bingo, whist drives and some side shows commonly found at fetes, etc.

The Scout Association policy is that modest lotteries and gaming may be run for fundraising purpose provided they are both legal and acceptable to the local community in which they are to take place. As specified in POR, before a Group plans such an event the approval of the District Commissioner and District Chairman must be given.

Factsheet FS190025 covers Lotteries and Gaming and the Law. Please read it and check the gambling commission website www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk before embarking on any fundraising of this type to ensure the law is being followed.

*Further Information  

Lotteries and Gaming and the Law

*External Link

Gambling Commission



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