Only organisations that wish to run society lotteries – are eligible to do so and are required to register with the National Lotteries Commission.
Registration of the society is only the first step as the “scheme” (or business plan) for running a society lottery also has to be registered with the NLC and approved for implementation.
The registration process occurs in two phases and includes some external information gathering by the NLC.
It is therefore important to begin the process at least two months before the date on which tickets for the society’s first lottery are scheduled to go on sale.
A full checklist of all items to be submitted during registration of the society and registration of the lottery scheme can be downloaded here.
The following are key documents that must be submitted to the NLC offices:
Once the society is registered with the NLC, it can proceed to register and obtain approval for the lottery scheme it intends to follow in organising lotteries.
The following should be submitted to the NLC’s offices:
Please note: The NLC also requests a police check on every person who is required to complete a personal declaration form to establish whether s/he has any relevant convictions.
Renewing society registration
Registration of a society with the NLC remains valid indefinitely, unless conditions arise for revoking registration. (See Grounds for refusing registration)
However, societies may be required to pay an annual fee to maintain their registration. The NLC presently waives this fee.
Where a society approves modifications to its lottery scheme, it is required to notify the NLC in writing and to submit a copy of the modified scheme. This communication must reach the Commission at least four weeks before the sale of tickets is due to begin.
Society lotteries are governed by the Lotteries Act (No 57 of 1997) and the Regulations Relating to Society Lotteries (Gazette No 6790 of 18 April 2000). It is possible for a society to apply to the NLC for exemption from complying with aspects of the regulations relating to the ceiling on the total value of ticket sales and prizes, the total number of lotteries the society may run in a single year, information contained on tickets and in marketing materials, and lottery expenses.
Applications for exemption need to be made at least 90 days before the commencement of the lottery for which exemption is sought.
Full details on how to apply for exemptions are contained in sub-regulation 14 of the Regulations Relating to Society Lotteries.
Form SL15/00, downloadable here, may be used to estimate expenditure when applying for exemption from expenditure limits.
When applying for registration of a society lottery scheme and renewal of lottery schemes, societies must make use of the following forms:
SL02-14 application by society for registration or renewal of society lottery scheme.
SL02 (a)-14 personal declaration by lottery manager.
SL03-14 estimate of proposed expenditure relating to the lottery.
SL03 (a)-14 detailed budget breakdown of the proposed project to be funded by the proceeds of the lottery.
NB: Should the society wishes to make use of the external lottery, form SL07-14 application for certification of lottery manager must be submitted.
After completion of each lottery promoted under its scheme, the society is required to submit to the Commission a lottery return using the following forms:
For any enquiries and clarification, please contact Compliance enforcement
Division at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every ticket for a society lottery must specify:
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