• DCMS Consultation on Society Lotteries
  • DCMS Consultation on Society Lotteries
  • DCMS Consultation on Society Lotteries
  • DCMS Consultation on Society Lotteries
  • DCMS Consultation on Society Lotteries

Together: We are one voice for everyone operating and supporting prize-led fundraising through lotteries and competitions.

As you might know the Government is now consulting on changes to the amount of money society lotteries can raise for good causes.
 
Whilst we were encouraged by the broad thrust of the Government’s plans, we would like them to go a little further in order to enable charities to raise money over the longer term.
 
As such, we are calling on the Government to:
 
•    Increase the Annual Sales Limit to £100 million worth of tickets. This will help reduce administration costs and allow more funds to go to charities that society lotteries support.
•    Increase the maximum prize limit to £1 million, regardless of sales. This will still be well below the prizes offered by the National Lottery, but will allow society lotteries the flexibility to use higher prizes if desired, in order to increase sales and therefore raise more money for good causes.
•    Increase the per Draw Sales Limit to £10 million worth of tickets, regardless of the maximum prize limit. This will safeguard society lotteries for the long term and help them avoid unnecessary costs.
•    Reduce the regulatory burden on small society lotteries (currently defined as having proceeds of less than £20,000 per draw and £250,000 per year) by raising the sales thresholds to £40,000 per draw and £500,000 per year.
•    Allow new lotteries to aggregate their returns to good causes over a three year period to enable them to meet the statutory 20% to good causes but take into account sizeable start-up costs.
Our arguments for each of these calls are set out in this document.
 
I hope you will agree that this is a crucial time for all of us to get the changes that our members deserve so that they can raise even more money for good causes. I would therefore be very grateful if you could respond to the Government’s consultation, before it closes at midday on Friday 7 September.
 
You can complete the online consultation here, or to save time you can submit a response through our campaign website here. Alternatively, you can submit your own detailed response to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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