Running a raffle

Holding a raffle is a great way of raising money, either on its own or as part of a bigger event. In some cases your raffle may have to be registered with the local council, so make sure you're familiar with the guidelines.

Types of raffle that do NOT require a licence

Small raffle

This is the simplest type of raffle to organise, and doesn't need to be registered with the Gambling Commission or Local Authority.

  • Tickets are only sold on the day of the draw, not before
  • Tickets should not cost more than £1
  • A maximum of £250 can be spent on prizes, but donated prizes can be accepted
  • No money prizes can be offered, although gift vouchers are OK
  • All proceeds must be donated to the charity

Private raffle

A private raffle doesn't need to be registered either

  • Tickets for this can be sold to people living or working in the same premises, or who are members of an organisation or club
  • This raffle can only be advertised on the tickets, to members or on the premises

Type of raffle that DOES require a licence

Society raffle

This kind of raffle needs to be registered with your local authority to obtain a licence. It’s important they comply with the Gaming Board.

  • Tickets are sold over a period of time
  • Tickets can be sold to the general public
  • The maximum price you can charge for each ticket is £2
  • You must register with your local authority licensing department. You will have to purchase a licence which costs around £30-£40 for a year
  • You must have a named promoter who is responsible for the raffle
  • You can register as “Joe Bloggs raising money for MS Society", but not as “MS Society”. That's becuase we already hold the licence in that name and there can't be more than one on it
  • You can't sell tickets to anyone under the age of 16

If you’re concerned about licensing requirements, contact your local licensing authority or www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk. Or drop us a line fundraising@mssociety.org.uk and we'll be happy to help.