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New Requirements for Society Lottery Operators

Operators of society lotteries should be aware of new regulatory requirements to be introduced by the Gambling Commission shortly in relation to the provision of information on where money raised from society lottery ticket sales goes. 

Under these new requirements, which come into effect on 4th April 2018, all society lotteries will have to:

  • make it clear to consumers before they buy a lottery ticket exactly which society or charity the lottery proceeds are going to, and
  • publish what proportion of money raised from lottery ticket sales in the previous year was returned directly for the purposes of the society.

The changes followed a consultation on new codes for society and local authority lottery operators – as well as external lottery managers – to improve transparency for players.

“We want to make sure that consumers have as much information as possible to make informed choices about their gambling,” explained Commission Executive Director for Lotteries Sarah Gardner. “In lotteries, we know that players are motivated by a range of things, particularly the chance to contribute to good causes, so it is only right that they understand what that means in practice.”

“Our regulatory approach puts consumers right at the heart of everything that we do,” she added. “This has been built on further in our new three-year strategy, where we say we will consider whether any further changes are necessary to ensure that society lotteries can continue to make important contributions to society, whilst being run in a way which is fair and safe for consumers.”

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