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Can an application be turned down?

Yes. In certain circumstances, the local authority may refuse an application to register a society lottery.

An application may be refused for the following reasons:

  • an application for an operating licence made by the applicant for registration has been refused by the Gambling Commission or an operating licence held by the applicant has been revoked.
  • the society is not deemed to be a non-commercial organisation (i.e. proceeds are being used for private gain)
  • a person connected with the promotion of the lottery has been convicted of a 'relevant' offence.
  • information provided in connection with the application is found to be false or misleading.

The licensing authority may only refuse an application after the society has had the opportunity to make representations.

The licensing authority may also revoke a society's registration.