Do you need a licence to run a prize draw?

Do you need a licence to run a prize draw?

You do not need a licence or permission to run a free draw or prize competition as long as they are being ran in a way that meets the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in a new tab).

How can I legally run a raffle UK?

How to Organise a Raffle?

  1. The organisation running the draw must register with the local authority if tickets are on sale to the general public.
  2. The local authority’s name is no longer required to show on the ticket.
  3. You must sell tickets (and raffle ticket books) for the price printed on the actual slip.

What are the rules for a raffle?

As a general rule, no permit is required in NSW for raffles or lotteries run by non-profit or charitable organisations, where the total prize value does not exceed $30,000. The raffle or lottery must be conducted for the purpose of raising funds to assist the non-profit organisation.

Do I need permission to run a raffle?

If you are running a raffle where tickets are not sold before the event, it falls under the terms of an ‘incidental lottery’. As such, you will not require a licence or any specific permissions. The draw may take place after the event, but you should establish a way for ticket holders to find out who has won.

When is a prize competition considered a free draw?

If success in a competition requires skill etc, then it will be considered a prize competition. If success doesn’t require skill etc, but entry is free, it will be considered a free draw. Both prize competitions and free draws fall outside the gambling law regime.

Do you need legal advice for a prize competition?

The CAP Code suggests (or requires?) that promoters take legal advice before embarking on competitions with prizes. I suspect that this is suggestion is rarely followed, except by the largest companies. See my further comments at the end of this article.

What should I do if my prize draw is cancelled?

If the prize originally offered cannot be awarded then a reasonable equivalent must be awarded, for example if a concert is cancelled, it’s reasonable to arrange tickets for a different date or discuss with the winner an appropriate alternative.

Do you need a permit for a DLA Piper prize draw?

If the promoter holds a current permit to run the promotion in New South Wales for example, it will not need to obtain a Northern Territory permit. Each entry must have an equal probability of winning the major prize. No employees of the business or family members of those employees may participate in the trade promotion lottery.