The HLA is happy to report the long awaited consultation on Lottery limits has commenced. The consultation document can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-society-lottery-reform and the document is supported by the information provided to the DCMS by the Gambling Commission, which can be found here http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/consultations/Society-lottery-advice-provided-to-DCMS-002.pdf We urge all members to take note of the significance of this action and recommend that Hospices respond directly to the consultation if they wish to. It is important to the Minister that there is a large positive feedback to the consultation by operators.

The HLA will respond on behalf of its members but this should not prevent individual Lottery managers from responding too.

As you know the HLA and the Lotteries Council have been in agreement in supporting the limit changes for the last four years and we would be delighted to report back after the process that support from Hospices has been strong.

We are disappointed though that though our recommendation of annual limit increase to £100m have been have been supported in the consultation, the request to increase single draw limit to £10m has not been. The Government are suggesting an increase from £4m to £5m. This, in our view does not futureproof sufficiently to avoid the need to go through this process again very soon. Fortunately the option to tick the £10m box is placed in the range of options.

The consultation options are:

Large society lotteries

Individual per draw sales limits

  • Retaining the current limit of £4 million;
  • Raising the limit to £5 million (Government’s preferred option) ;
  • Raising the limit to £10 million;
  • Reducing the limit to £2.5 million.

Individual per draw prize limits

  • Retaining the current limit of £400,000;
  • Raising the limit to £500,000 (Government’s preferred option) ;
  • Raising the limit to £1 million;
  • Reducing the limit to £250,000.

Annual sales limits

  • Retaining the current limit of £10 million;
  • Raising the limit to £50 million;
  • Raising the limit to £100 million (Government’s preferred option) .

Small society lotteries

Changing the thresholds at which smaller society lotteries require a Gambling Commission licence would bring more lotteries into a lighter touch regulatory regime, and therefore reduce regulatory burdens.

Individual per draw sales limits

  • Retaining the rule that a society lottery is small and does not require a Gambling Commission licence if its proceeds cannot exceed £20,000;
  • Raising the limit to £30,000;
  • Raising the limit to £40,000 (Government has no preferred option)

Annual sales limits

  • Retaining the rule that a society lottery is small if the aggregate proceeds of society lotteries promoted by that society in that calendar year do not exceed £250,000;
  • Raising the limit to £400,000;
  • Raising the limit to £500,000. (Government has no preferred option )

 

We noted also that there is no consultation on the aggregation of the 20 per cent minimum charity contribution rule over an extended period for newly created lotteries.

If you wish to provide the HLA with any thoughts that you would like included in the Association's official response, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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