Conditions on lotteries, raffles and games

You need to be an approved association to run any of the activities listed below for fundraising or entertainment.

The permit you may require to run a lottery depends on the total value of tickets or entry fees. 

Read more about how to become an approved association.

Permits

You do not need a permit to run a lottery or game if the total value of tickets or entry fees is $5,000 or less.

You need a minor lottery permit if the total value of tickets or entry fees is between $5,000 and $20,000.

You need a major lottery permit if the total value is above $20,000. 

Find out how to apply to run a major or minor lottery

Conditions and restrictions

All of the following conditions apply to any form of lottery, raffle or game of chance run by an approved association: 

  • you must run the lottery, raffle or game  in accordance with the Gaming Control (Community Gaming) Regulations and the NT Code of Practice for Responsible Gambling
  • if prizes are subject to restrictions and conditions, such as travel prizes, you must clearly display the term 'Conditions Apply' on the ticket and any promotion
  • the total value of the prizes must be at least one-third of the total value of the tickets or entry fees 
  • liquor must not be a principal prize - this includes prizes consisting solely of money and liquor 
  • you must not offer firearms, weapons, ammunition, explosives or tobacco products as prizes
  • you must clearly state the rules and conditions in writing on all promotional material, including prizes, when and how the lottery will be drawn, and how the winners are determined
  • the lottery must be drawn on the date specified, and prizes awarded to the winners as set out in the lottery's terms and conditions
  • if there is a dispute, complaint or investigation about the conduct or outcome of a lottery, the lottery organiser must demonstrate to the reasonable satisfaction of the Director-General of Licensing that it has complied with these conditions
  • no payment, fee, commission, remuneration or any other benefit whatsoever can be provided to any individual or organisation, whether or not it is connected with the approved association, in relation to the organisation or conduct of a lottery, raffle or game
  • if prizes are subject to restrictions and conditions, such as travel prizes, you must clearly display the term 'Conditions Apply' on the ticket and any promotion
  • all prizes must be given as offered
  • all tickets included in the draw, and any unsold tickets, must be kept by the association for 12 months.

Minor and major lotteries which need permits have more conditions.

Read more about minor and major lotteries.

Publicising a lottery

Any lottery publicity must not be misleading and must show the permit number, the rules and conditions if possible.

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Last updated: 13 October 2017