Governance & Transformation & Commercial Enterprise Cabinet Members – 1 March 2017

3        (3)      NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COMMUNITY LOTTERY – Further to Minute 2, the Director of Policy and Resources submitted a report informing the Cabinet Members that on 1 February 2017, following a procurement exercise, the council appointed Gatherwell Ltd as the External Lottery Manager (ELM) to manage the lottery on its behalf in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005, subject to obtaining the necessary consents from the Gambling Commission.

In order to operate a lottery the council was required to apply for an Operator’s Licence from the Gambling Commission.

As part of the operating licence requirements the council was required to have in place a range of policies (appendix 1 refers) in respect of:

  • Children and vulnerable person protection
  • Fair and open gambling
  • Implementation procedures
  • Protection from source of crime and disorder
  • Social responsibility in gambling

It was proposed that the North Lincolnshire Lottery be named ‘Lincs Lotto’ and a logo option was attached at appendix 2 to the report.

A key element of the lottery was the recruitment of local good causes.  Players could choose which good cause to support and 50% of the ticket sales would go to the chosen ‘good cause’.

An event to launch the lottery to good causes was planned for May 2017.  It was hoped that a large number of local voluntary, cultural, sporting and community sector organisations would sign up as ‘good causes’.  A draft set of terms and conditions for good causes was attached to the report at appendix 3.

It was expected that players would be able to start purchasing tickets in the summer with the first draw taking place in September 2017.  The lottery would consist of a weekly draw with tickets priced at £1 each.  The maximum prize in a single lottery is £25,000. The council would receive a minimum of 10% of the proceeds which would be used to support local good causes as part of a community fund.

Resolved – (a) That the good cause’s terms and conditions and the policies set out in appendix 1 and 3 be approved; (b) that approval be given for the submission of an operator’s licence from the Gambling Commission, and (c) that the lottery be named ‘Lincs Lotto’ and the logo design at appendix 2 of the report be approved.