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The Law

The Key to Raising Money with a Legal Raffle

by ticketprinting on July 8, 2013

How to Keep Your Raffle on the Right Side of the Law

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is the world’s leading charitable organisation dedicated to saving lives through cancer research. This charity receives all of their funding from the public, and thus, they rely completely on donations from everyday people like you and me to keep their cause moving forward. Cancer Research UK’s researchers and supporters work vigilantly to fight over 200 different kinds of cancer.

As a charity that receives no private funding, CRUK must take it upon themselves to find unique ways to raise money that will help further their cause and research. For that reason, they’re hosting a 2013 Summer Raffle, the proceeds from which will go to helping cure many different types of cancer.

Keep in mind, hosting a raffle isn’t always easy. The laws regarding raffles in the UK can be complex, and most local gaming councils have their own, specific rules when it comes to running a raffle. Here, we’ll show you how CRUK manages to stay on the right side of the raffle law.

How to Lay it All Out

One of the best ways to promote a raffle is to put some fabulous prizes up for grabs and get the word out about them as best you can. Of course, if you have a website, the first place you’ll want to promote your raffle is there, online. That way, anyone who visits your website will automatically see the enticing raffle prizes, and be encouraged to by a raffle ticket (or two!).

But before you even get to the promotions, you’ve got to take care to organise your raffle strategically and make sure you keep it legal.

In addition to checking with your local gaming council on their particular rules on raffles, it’s best to be clear about the rules of your raffle with your ticket buyers.

Tying it All Together

An easy way to be clear about your raffle rules is to list all the terms and conditions for your raffle up front, right on your website.

It’s a good idea to get all the rules for your raffle settled before you have your raffle tickets printed. That way, you can include any pertinent information on the raffle tickets as well as your website.

To save money on expenses, find a top-quality ticket printer that offers great deals on prices.

Saving money on expenses means you can use that much more to further your own charitable cause.


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School Raffle Causes Trouble

by ticketprinting on February 8, 2013

Why Parents Are So Upset About One Student-Friendly Raffle

Raffles, prize draws, lotteries and the like are a popular way for many non-profits and other charitable organisations to raise funds. Though they are usually fun and entertaining, in the UK, raffles are often considered gambling, and specific laws apply to them as such.

Raffles can be hosted legally in the UK as long as specific rules are followed. Every city, borough and district in the country has their own set of rules to abide by when it comes to raffles and lotteries.

What started as a popular program in UK schools to reward children for showing good behavior and getting good grades, the Vivo Miles scheme has recently been accused of encouraging school children to gamble.

Not So Great Rewards

The rewards scheme was recently reported to the Gambling Commission on the grounds that secondary and even some primary school-aged children had been permitted to participate in a raffle. Using the reward points they had earned by behaving in school and performing well in classes, the children were allowed to enter a raffle to try to win popular prizes like iPods.

Though the idea behind encouraging good behavior and good grades in school is above all a positive one, the reward system has stepped over the line by permitting young children to participate in what is considered gambling.

Parents were understandably “outraged,” when they found out their children were participating in the raffle, as reported by one gambling-news source.

Some school boards agreed, and asserted that allowing students to be a part of the raffle or lottery is akin to encouraging school-children to gamble.

Don’t Let This Happen to YOU!

Currently, the raffle program has been shut down and is under investigation by the proper authorities. This is no small issue as gambling is considered by many to be a serious addiction, and thus people are taking this matter very seriously.

The good news is it’s easy to prevent this from happening to your organisation or business. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Read up on the Gambling Commission’s rules and regulations on raffles.
  2. Be SURE to check with your Local Gaming Council any time you host a raffle.
  3. Talk to other people who host raffles, and find out if they know something you don’t.

Above all, be sure to follow the “Letter of the Law” when it comes to raffles, lotteries and prize draws.


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