Gambling Commission opens consultation on society lottery reform

03 Jan 2020 News

The Gambling Commission has opened a consultation on society lottery reform.

In July 2019, the government announced that it intends to raise the per draw limit on lottery proceeds from £4m to £5m. The maximum individual prize will raise from £400,000 to £500,000. 

In addition, the annual aggregate proceeds limit will rise from £10m to £50m. This is £50m less than was expected. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport consulted on society lotteries from June to September 2018 and recommended increasing the annual ticket sales limit from £10m to £100m.

The Gambling Commission is required to attach conditions to lottery operating licences. So the current limits will need to be amended to reflect the changes. 

The Gambling Commission is seeking views on strengthening some aspects of the licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) and producing guidance related to information available to consumers.  

It says that this consultation will be of interest to consumers of lottery products, licensees and prospective licensees, charities and organisations concerned with gambling and social responsibility; and academics and organisations with an interest in lotteries. 

It adds that over the course of the broader review of society lottery regulations, concerns about the transparency of society lotteries were raised. For example, questions over how much of the money raised through ticket sales goes to good causes and which causes are supported, were bought forward.

“Whilst we have previously taken measures to increase the information made available to consumers, we consider more could be done,” its statement says.

The Gambling Commission states that it wants consumers to be “empowered to make informed choices about gambling and for the wider public to have a well-informed view of how gambling (including lotteries) can contribute to society”.

The deadline to respond to the consultation is 12 March 2020.

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