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Organising a raffle or a lottery

Raffles are a fantastic way of boosting your fundraising, so why not include one in your event or hold one in your workplace? There are just a few rules you need to follow.

Legally, raffles, tombolas, and sweepstakes are considered ‘incidental lotteries’. To ensure they are fair and legal remember that:

The best way to obtain prizes is to ask for donations from local businesses. We recommend approaching them in person or asking friends and family members who have connections in business. For businesses to donate prizes to your raffle you will need a letter of authority that shows that we are aware of and support your fundraising. Contact our team with details of your event at and we will send one to you.

To find out more about the rules for holding raffles or lotteries please visit the Gambling Commission website.