News / Fundraising Monthly - January
Tuesday 23 January 2018

Fundraising Idea | Raffles and Lotteries

Posted by: Help For Heroes

Holding a raffle at your event is a brilliant way to boost your fundraising but there are some do’s and don’ts that need to be considered, which we’ve covered below.

There are different types of raffles to be aware of, some of which require a lotteries licence that can be obtained from the Gambling Commission. To help you get started we have detailed requirements of the two most common raffles below, neither of which require a licence:

Event Raffle (Incidental Lotteries)

This is the most common and easiest type of raffle used for fundraising related to and held within an event. Think selling raffle tickets at the local pub or on a quiz evening.

  • Tickets must only be sold on the premises of and during the event
  • The draw must take place on the day of the event and cannot rollover
  • Deductions from profits of the raffle must not exceed £100 in costs (e.g. towards venue hire) and £500 in prizes

Private Lotteries

There are three types of raffles that fall within the Private Lotteries category. Including residents’, work and private organisation lotteries, you must ensure:

  • The price of each ticket is the same
  • Rollovers must not be used e.g. if you do not have a winner in the first draw
  • Tickets must be sold to residents or workers in a single location by fellow residents or workers
  • You must be a member of the private organisation (e.g. a swimming club) and act under it’s written authorisation

There are occasions when a lotteries licence would be required, including when selling tickets over several days. If you are unsure whether your raffle requires a licence, please check the latest advice from the Gambling Commission at or call the Events Team on 01725 514106.

Julie Adcock Help for Heroes fundraiser has taken on some incredible challenges; skydiving in Australia, trekking the Yorkshire Three Peaks and more recently the Angkor Wat trek. To support her fundraising efforts she organised a successful raffle and has shared her top tips below.

Why did you do a raffle and how did you go about organising it?

I organised a raffle in support of my Angkor Wat trek. I heard my local pub were organising a Christmas event with the local choir singing Christmas carols so I approached them to ask if I could also run a charity raffle. They thought it was a great idea and said yes straight away!

How did you obtain the prizes you needed for the raffle?

I choose to have two large Christmas hampers instead of lots of small prizes. One with a food and drink theme and the other a beauty hamper. I put the hampers together myself, buying most of the items and adding some which had been kindly donated by people I know.

In your opinion, what was the secret to your successful raffle and your top tips?

The hampers were popular and simple to do. My top tips for a raffle would be:

  • Making the prizes look attractive is key and make sure they are on show
  • Think about what you would want to win yourself
  • Use social media for support with donated prizes and advertising the event
  • Ask the winners to pick their own prizes unless you have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize
  • Most importantly have fun! Smile when selling tickets – it will encourage people to buy more!

Julie sold her raffle tickets for £1 a strip and raised an amazing £148!