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How do I know if I need to register my society?

The new Act applies the same criteria as the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.

You will need to register your society if it is established and conducted for:

  • charitable purposes
  • the purpose of enabling participation in, or of supporting, sport, athletics or a cultural activity, and
  • for any other non-commercial purpose other than private gain.

Your society must be established for one of these purposes.and the proceeds of any lottery must be allocated accordingly.  You cannot set up a society whose sole function is simply to hold lotteries.- it must have some other legitimate purpose.