General Election 2024

Read our updates on issues relevant to charities for the upcoming election. Learn more

Lotteries, prize competitions and free draws

This page is free to all

What is it?

Everything from a tombola at an event to a monthly lottery that supporters pay into by direct debit.

Good reason to try lotteries, competitions and draws

  • If you run regular events and have lots of volunteers who can donate small prizes raffles or tombolas can bring in nice boosts of small amounts of cash
  • You think one-off larger raffles will help your supporters and community feel connected
  • If you know what your supporters would like the chance of a small windfall, then a lottery might work for you.

Key advice

  • Regular lotteries with ongoing contributions can take a lot of work for only small amounts of money.
  • Most smaller raffles and tombolas won’t need licences, but you do need to check the regulations. Lotteries may need permission from your local authority.

Last reviewed: 18 November 2020

Help us improve this content

This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 18 November 2020

Back to top

Sign up for emails

Get regular updates on NCVO's help, support and services