Non-commercial societies to hit the jackpot

United Kingdom

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The DCMS has recently announced a proposal to double the maximum jackpot and maximum amount raised in respect of licensed non-commercial society lotteries.

The proposal, announced by Gerry Sutcliffe MP in response to lobbying from charitable bodies, would allow licensed organisers of charitable society lotteries (which typically support national and local good causes such as hospices) to raise up to £4million from a single lottery, and offer a maximum jackpot of £400,000 - twice the current limits.

These changes would benefit only society lottery operators licensed by the Gambling Commission, of which there are currently around 630. There would be no impact on operators of smaller non-commercial society lotteries which do not require a licence from the Gambling Commission, for whom the limits on amounts raised of £20,000 in a single draw and £250,000 in a year would continue to apply.

The DCMS is currently consulting on these proposals. The consultation closes on 9 October 2008, and the relevant papers are available by clicking here. The Commission is also consulting on the changes it would have to make to its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice if the DCMS proposals are ratified. The Commission's consultation closes on the same date, 9 October 2008.