How to organise a raffle

How to organise a raffle

Raffles are a great way to raise money and gain support from local businesses in your community.

Whether you are planning a small raffle at an event in your home or workplace, or a larger raffle with tickets sold in advance, you need to take into consideration these rules governing raffles.

RUNNING A RAFFLE AS PART OF A BIGGER EVENT

A raffle run on the day of an event is classed as a small lottery and as such does not have to be registered with a local authority or gaming board. However, some conditions do have to be met:

  • The raffle should not include any cash prizes
  • The sale and issue of tickets and the announcement of the winners must take place on the evening of the event
  • The total sum of bought prizes on offer should not exceed £250 - however, donated prizes in excess of £250 are acceptable

If you are planning to run a larger raffle, instead of one as an ‘add-on’ to an existing event, and will be selling tickets to the general public please contact us for further infomration as you will need to hold a licencse through VSO. 

WHAT PRIZES CAN YOU OFFER?

  • Ask local shops and businesses to provide products or gift vouchers as raffle prizes.  
  • Tell them what you are doing and why you are doing it. If they ask you to send in a formal letter we can provide this, so please contact us 
  • Offer free publicity on any flyers or banners that you create advertising your event.

Once you have a selection of prizes, buy a raffle book and start selling those tickets! Raffle books are widely available in all good stationers.

PAYING IN FUNDS RAISED 

  • Don't forget to pay in any raised funds to us as quickly as possible and to find out how, please visit our how to pay in your funds page
  • Please note that for money raised by selling raffle tickers, you cannot claim Gift Aid on the money rasied. 

For more information about the sorts of events you could hold and other things you can do to raise funds for us, visit our ideas and inspiration section.

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