The Gambling Act came into force on 1 September 2007 when new arrangements were introduced to regulate gambling and replaces the Lotteries and Amusement Act 1976.
The Gambling Act 2005 controls the conduct of small lotteries, raffles etc. by societies raising money for charitable, sports and other similar purposes, other than for personal gain. The society on whose behalf the lottery is promoted must first be registered with the council if their head office is within Coventry.
The council may register a society, which is established for one of the following purposes:
It is not permissible to establish a society whose sole purpose is to facilitate lotteries - it must have some other purpose.
If the total amount of chances sold for any one lottery is less than £20,000 or the total for all lotteries held in a calendar year is less than £250,00 then the society must register with the council.
If a society wishes to run lotteries that exceed these amounts they must register with the Gambling Commission.
The Act introduces some relaxation of society lottery law and in particular: