HomeInsightsGambling Commission publishes response to its consultation on society lotteries reforms


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Following its consultation launched in December 2019, and a previous Government-led consultation, the Gambling Commission has provided further updates on the next steps regarding changes to limits and guidance around society lotteries.

From 29 July 2020, the following changes will take effect:

Society lottery limits: limits on the size of society lotteries will be raised in line with recent Government legislation. This will mean:

  • the limit of individual draw proceeds will rise to £5 million from £4 million;
  • the annual aggregate limit proceeds will increase to £50 million, up from £10 million, and;
  • the maximum individual prize will rise to £500,000 from £400,000, provided that the lottery proceeds reach the new maximum individual draw level.

Requirements and guidance: new requirements and guidance will be put in place to provide clear, transparent and easily accessible information to consumers on:

  • how much is returned to the good causes and what good causes they’re supporting;
  • how much is spent on prizes;
  • how much is spent on expenses;
  • the process around the awarding of grants;
  • the way in which winners are determined and prizes allocated;
  • the potential prizes available, and;
  • the likelihood of winning a prize.

To access the full consultation response, click here.