Lotteries include any kind of draw or raffle.

The general rule is that all lotteries and most forms of gambling are unlawful unless conducted as specified in various Statutes (see below).

The Scout Association policy is that modest lotteries and gaming may be run for fundraising purposes provided they are both legal and acceptable to the local community in which they take place. 

Before planning any event or campaign which involves any kind of betting, gaming or lottery, you must first of all consult POR related to this.  The relevant passages are:

Groups          Rule 3.58
Districts         Rule 4.70
Counties        Rule 5.58

This type of event must also be approved by your District Commissioner and District Chairman.  For general information and frequently asked questions please see here:

Gambling Commission- FAQ’s          
Institute of Fundraising- Guidance


The legislation which covers lotteries and gaming is:

The Gambling Act 2005 (covers all of Great Britain, and Scotland with some slight differences)
Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (NI) Order 1994

If you are licensed by the Gambling Commission you will also need to be familiar with the License Conditions and Codes of Practice found here

What is a Lottery?

A lottery is a type of gambling which has three key ingredients:

- You have to pay to enter the game

- There is always at least one prize

- Prizes are awarded solely by chance (or, where the selection process involves more than one stage, the first stage must rely completely by chance)

For more information about the definition of a lottery, please see here