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Lotteries, prize competitions and free draws

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.
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