How To Apply

Only registered non- profit organisations that wish to run society lottery schemes are eligible to do so and are required to register with the National Lotteries Commission.

An application for registration as society must include a scheme (fundraising plan) for running a society lottery which has to be registered and approved by the NLC.


It is important submit the application at least two months before the date on which tickets for the society’s first lottery are scheduled to go on sale.

Society And Lottery Scheme Registration

The following are key documents that must be submitted to the NLC offices:


Checklist for society registration (Download here)

Checklist for lottery scheme registration (Download here)

Modifying a lottery scheme

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.

Applying for exemption

Society lotteries are governed by the Lotteries Act 57 of 1997 and the Regulations Relating to Society Lotteries (GN R415 in GG 21119 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, the total number of lotteries the society may run in a single year, information contained on tickets, 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.

Amendment of Societies Lottery Forms

Application and Renewal of a Society Lottery Scheme

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. (Download Here)

SL02 (a)-14 personal declaration by lottery manager. (Download Here)

SL03-14 estimate of proposed expenditure relating to the lottery. (Download Here)

SL03 (a)-14 detailed budget breakdown of the proposed project to be funded by the proceeds of the lottery. (Download Here)

NB: Should the society wish 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:

Lottery Return (Download Here)

Beneficiary Receipt (Download Here)

Prize winner Declaration (Download Here)

For any enquiries and clarification, please contact Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement Department at

Download applications forms for Society & Society Lotteries schemes (Click here)

Also consult:

Lotteries Act