Standard Lottery (raffle)
A standard lottery is another name for a raffle for which a permit is required. Tickers or chances in the lottery are offered for sale to the general public over an extended period and the lottery is decided after the cessation of ticket sales by the
drawing of tickets or some other random means.
A standard lottery permit can be granted where the principal object of the lottery is the raising of funds for the active promotion, support or conduct of any sporting, social, political, literary, artistic, scientific, benevolent, charitable or other
like activity. The lottery cannot be conducted for private gain or any commercial undertaking.
The rules for the conduct of standard lottery permits are set out in Schedule 4 of the Gaming and Wagering Commission Regulations 1988. Division 6 of the Regulations (regulations 27 to 31) details other requirements for standard lottery permits.
An organisation's responsibilities
When an organisation intends to sell lottery (such as raffle) tickets
to the public for more than one day a standard lottery permit is
required. The application for a permit must be lodged online via the
department’s website. The application must be submitted at least 14 days
before the lottery is due to start (when tickets go on sale).
permit generally is valid for three months, so tickets can be sold
during that time. If an extension is required, apply in writing at least
seven days before the original closing date.
The permit generally
is valid for three months, so tickets can be sold during that time. If
an extension is required, apply in writing at least seven days before
the original closing date.
Additional information that may be required includes:
- Consent letter from school principal (if the permit is conducted by a school’s P&C).
funds raised are proposed to be donated to charity or other community
organisations, the beneficiary must confirm in writing that they are
aware of the fundraising activity.
- If funds are to be used to
offset the costs of transport or accommodation for an excursion, a copy
of the excursion itinerary must accompany the application.
Liquor as a prize
- The provision of liquor as a prize is prohibited unless the retail value is less than $1000.
- Written confirmation that person sunder 18 years old will not purchase or sell tickets in the raffle.
Liquor Control Act 1988 provides an exemption for liquor supplied as a
prize under a lottery permitted issued under the Gaming and Wagering
Vehicle as prize
- Must be a new car, unless veteran, vintage or post vintage vehicle, valued by a qualified valuer with certificate.
- Letter must be provided confirming that vehicle offered as a prize is unencumbered.
Progressive draw lottery
A standard lottery permit (raffle)
may also conducted as a progressive draw lottery. This
enables organisations/clubs to sell tickets for a period of up to three
(3) months and conduct a number of draws on various nominated dates over
a stipulated period of time after tickets for the lottery have been
In addition to the conditions associated with a standard
lottery permit, the following conditions are also applicable in respect
to progressive draw lotteries:
- All tickets must be sold prior to the commencement of the first draw.
- Tickets cannot be purchased after the ceasing date of the sale of tickets.
- All tickets must be the same price.
The purchase of a ticket entitles a ticket holder to participate in all draws irrespective of how many draws they may win.
The drawing and publishing dates for all draws must be clearly stated.
Fees associated with a progressive draw lottery are those applicable for a standard lottery permit.