Parliament looks at charity lotteries

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has launched an inquiry into “society lotteries”, including the possibility of relaxing restrictions. Society lotteries (also known as raffles) are, according to the Gambling Commission, “promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society”.

Specific issues of concern are:

  • How to ensure that the market delivers the maximum benefit to good causes
  • Whether there is a case for relaxing the regulatory requirements relating either to the minimum amount of proceeds that a society lottery has to return to good causes or in other areas
  • The comparative regulatory positions and protections attaching to society lotteries, the Health Lottery and the National Lottery

Civil Society Media news item is at, or go to the Society Lotteries inquiry page on the Parliament website. Written submissions should be received by Monday 6th October.