Start a Society Lottery in 4 Simple Steps

Like any new fundraising method, starting your very own society lottery is an exciting time – Not only are you going to raise money for your society, but your supporters get the chance to win too. But before starting your own lottery, it is important that you understand the steps involved.

Here we will walk you through the process step by step.

1.Discuss The Society Lottery With Trustees, Board Members And Senior Management

This first step is important as it ensures that everyone involved is satisfied that a lottery is right for your society and will give their full support during the early days of the lottery.

2. Register or License Your Lottery

Small Society Lotteries need to be registered with their Local Authority, Large Society Lotteries must have a lottery licence from the Gambling Commission by law.

Most societies will need to register with their Local Authority, which costs approximately £40 for a new registration and are renewed for £20 annually. If you’re unsure, get in touch.

3.Decide Whether To Use An External Lottery Manager

If you and your team have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience, as well as being able to take on the workload of administering your lottery and operate it in line with the Gambling Act 2005, you can run the lottery yourself. But, if you’re looking for some expertise and all of the administration taken care of, you need an External Lottery Manager.

We are an External Lottery Manager licensed by the Gambling Commission with over 20 years of experience administering lotteries. We have the legal knowledge, systems in place, and exist purely to take care of the hours of daily administration for you.

If you’re looking to get started straight away, The Weather Lottery or Sports Club Lottery could be perfect for you.

4. Promote Your Society Lottery

Once you have everything set up, it’s time to launch and get some players – with a lifetime value of around £125 per person, it’s well worth the effort. As a general rule of thumb, when you launch, you need to tell as many people as possible and then follow up with regular promotional activity. No two societies are the same, so we’ll work with you to devise a promotional plan which is suitable for your society.

For more advice check out our handy articles with top promotional tips and remember, we’re always on hand to offer expert advice.

If you would like to talk to our team about starting your own lottery please feel free to get in touch!