Charity lotteries could raise more with regulatory changes

The Lotteries Council urges increase in annual income cap on any society lottery from £10m to £100m

Members of The Lotteries Council met at their annual conference today (Thursday, 11 May) to champion regulatory change that would allow millions of pounds more to be raised for charities throughout Great Britain.
Latest figures from The Gambling Commission show that from April 2015 to March 2016, large society lotteries contributed more than £208 million to good causes – an increase on the previous year of 10.5% and the highest reported to date – and more than double the amount raised in 2009 to 2010.
Representatives of The Lotteries Council, which is now more than 350 members strong, attended this year’s annual general meeting to discuss proposals put to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to make simple changes to the law, which would ease restrictions on the amount of funds that charity lotteries can generate.
The changes would also make sure that smaller charity lotteries would see complexities around fundraising reduce. Simple changes, which would be at no extra cost to the tax payer, would cut administration costs and simplify the fundraising model, resulting in millions more for good causes.
Jo Bucci
Jo Bucci, Chair of The Lotteries Council, said: “We are extremely lucky to live in a country that embraces the charity sector and the charity lotteries that support so many good causes. Charity lotteries exist to help people and to improve lives.
 “We know that charity lotteries could be enhancing even more lives – and with only minor changes to regulations, further millions can be raised for good causes.”
Members also noted figures published in May 2017 from the Charity Aid Foundation that highlighted that 40% of people surveyed said that they had used a raffle or lottery as a method to raise money for charity in the last year.
According to The Lotteries Council, the changes society lotteries need to achieve more for charities are: 
  • An increase in the permissible amount of ticket sales for a single draw from £4m to £10m
  • An increase in the annual income cap on any Society Lottery from £10m to £100m
  • The aggregation of the present 20% statutory contribution to good causes over three years for new society lotteries
  • Triennial reviews of the sector.
Formed in 1979, The Lotteries Council is the membership organisation for charity (also known as society) lotteries in the UK, comprising over 350 members, including smaller local hospices and larger charities including Marie Curie, WWF UK, Dogs Trust, Alzheimer’s Society and many more.
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