Gambling Act 2005

Prospective

OffencesE+W+S

258Promotion of lotteryE+W+S

(1)A person commits an offence if he promotes a lottery unless—

(a)the exception in subsection (2) or (3) applies, or

(b)the lottery is an exempt lottery.

(2)This section does not apply to activity by a person if—

(a)he holds an operating licence authorising the activity, and

(b)he acts in accordance with the terms and conditions of the licence.

(3)This section does not apply to activity by a person if—

(a)he acts, otherwise than as an external lottery manager, on behalf of a person who holds an operating licence authorising the activity, and

(b)the activity is carried on in accordance with the terms and conditions of the licence.

(4)It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to show that he reasonably believed that—

(a)he was not committing the offence by reason of subsection (1)(b), (2) or (3),

(b)that the arrangement to which the charge relates was not a lottery, or

(c)that the arrangement to which the charge relates was a lottery forming part of the National Lottery.

(5)In this Act “exempt lottery” means a lottery which is exempt by virtue of a provision of Schedule 11.

259Facilitating a lotteryE+W+S

(1)A person commits an offence if he facilitates a lottery unless—

(a)the exception in subsection (3) applies, or

(b)the lottery is an exempt lottery.

(2)For the purposes of this section a person facilitates a lottery if (and only if) he—

(a)prints lottery tickets for a specified lottery,

(b)prints promotional material for a specified lottery, or

(c)advertises a specified lottery.

(3)This section does not apply to activity by a person if he acts in accordance with the terms and conditions of an operating licence.

(4)It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to show that he reasonably believed—

(a)that he was not committing the offence by reason of subsection (1)(b) or (3), or

(b)that the arrangement to which the charge relates was not a lottery, or

(c)that the arrangement to which the charge relates was a lottery forming part of the National Lottery.

(5)In subsection (2)(b) “promotional material” means a document which—

(a)advertises a specified lottery,

(b)invites participation in a specified lottery,

(c)contains information about how to participate in a specified lottery, or

(d)lists winners in a specified lottery.

260Misusing profits of lotteryE+W+S

(1)This section applies to a lottery in respect of which the promoter has stated (in whatever terms) a fund-raising purpose for the promotion of the lottery.

(2)A person commits an offence if he uses any part of the profits of a lottery to which this section applies for a purpose other than that stated.

(3)The reference in subsection (2) to using profits includes a reference to permitting profits to be used.

(4)In subsection (1) the reference to a statement of a purpose for the promotion of a lottery is a reference to a statement appearing—

(a)on lottery tickets, or

(b)in an advertisement for the lottery.

(5)In subsection (4)(b) “advertisement” in relation to a lottery includes any written notice announcing that a lottery will take place or inviting people to participate in a lottery (in either case whether or not it also gives other information).

261Misusing profits of exempt lotteryE+W+S

(1)This section applies to the following kinds of lottery—

(a)an incidental non-commercial lottery (within the meaning of Part 1 of Schedule 11),

(b)a private society lottery (within the meaning of Part 2 of that Schedule), and

(c)a small society lottery (within the meaning of Part 4 of that Schedule).

(2)A person commits an offence if he uses any part of the profits of a lottery to which this section applies for a purpose other than one for which the lottery is permitted to be promoted in accordance with Schedule 11.

(3)Subsection (3) of section 260 shall have effect for the purpose of this section as it has effect for the purpose of that section.

262Small society lottery: breach of conditionE+W+S

A non-commercial society commits an offence if—

(a)a lottery, purporting to be an exempt lottery under Part 4 of Schedule 11, is promoted on the society's behalf wholly or partly at a time when the society is not registered with a local authority in accordance with Part 5 of that Schedule,

(b)the society fails to comply with the requirements of paragraph 39 of that Schedule, or

(c)the society provides false or misleading information for the purposes of paragraph 39 of that Schedule.

263PenaltyE+W+S

(1)A person guilty of an offence under this Part shall be liable on summary conviction to—

(a)imprisonment for a term not exceeding 51 weeks,

(b)a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or

(c)both.

(2)In the application of subsection (1) to Scotland the reference to 51 weeks shall have effect as a reference to six months.