The Gambling Commission, which regulates all gambling activities in the UK, says complaints about social media raffles have been greatly on the rise in recent years.
In order to be legal, online raffles must be licensed by the Gambling Commission.
Are raffles legal in the UK?
The problem is that it is illegal in the UK to raffle off prizes once they exceed a certain value. After that, the competition is deemed to be a lottery, and under the Gambling Act it is illegal to run a lottery for personal profit.
Is it illegal to have an online raffle?
A raffle is considered a form of lottery or gambling by the Internal Revenue Service. As a result, there are a number of restrictions and reporting requirements on all raffles. An online raffle brings additional obstacles for nonprofit organizations, particularly because online gambling is illegal in many states.
Is it illegal to make money from raffles?
State law governs most forms of gambling, including raffles. Some states allow nonprofit organizations to raise money by selling raffle tickets, but no state allows individuals or for-profit groups to conduct raffles.
Is it legal to run raffles on Facebook?
Facebook has strict guidelines of their own for running any kind of promotion, raffle or contest on Facebook. As of now, Facebook doesn’t allow you to run a raffle on a personal profile/timeline, so you need to do it through your Facebook Page.