Raffles are regulated by the Gambling Act 2005 so it is important to make sure that your raffle complies with this legislation. This often means that your raffle needs to be registered with your Local Authority although raffles that are part of a fundraising event (incidental non-commercial lotteries) often do not need to be registered providing:
- The event is entirely for charity and the organisers do not make any profits for themselves from it
- No more than £500 has been spent on prizes (there is no limit on the number or value of prizes that have been donated) and no more than £100 has been spent on costs such as ticket printing
- Prizes do not roll over from one raffle to another (e.g. at a subsequent event)
- Tickets are only sold on the event premises during the event, and the results are made public while the event takes place
To be on the safe side, if you are planning on holding a raffle, please make sure that you check with your Local Authority (if you live in Newcastle, please see http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/business/licences/lotteries). The amounts above may change from time to time so it is also worth checking with your Local Authority for the latest figures (although in many raffles held by our fundraisers, prizes are all donated and overheads are limited to the purchase of books of raffle tickets!)
Raffle prizes can come from all sorts of different places and often, people are only too willing to help.
- Ask friends and family if they have anything suitable to donate
- Ask local shops, gyms, hairdressers, restaurants etc if they would be willing to donate a voucher or item. Many businesses have facebook pages and twitter accounts, so if you are not comfortable asking for prizes in person/on the telephone, then try sending an email, facebook message or tweet.
- Contact local venues that run ticketed events and ask if they would be willing to donate some tickets as a raffle prize.
- Photographers might be willing to offer a photoshoot deal as a raffle prize (in the hope that the prizewinner decides to order additional prints)
Please note…alcohol may only be included in the prize list if the event is being held on licensed premises.
Remember to contact everyone who gave you raffle prizes after the event to tell them how much you raised and to thank them for supporting you.