Tombola FAQ

In our Advice Notes for Stalls we state:

Stall Holders operating tombolas etc must ensure that any prizes awarded are of both sound & legal construction, and that food or drink given as prizes should be vegan and not “out of date”.

We think it’s fine for a small scale raffle or tombola, run and completed at the event. (as at Sept 2017)

You don’t need a license to run a tombola but they are classed as small scale lotteries and there are certain rules that apply. However, the restrictions (e.g. the total prize fund cannot exceed £500 and you cannot spend more than £100 on prizes) are unlikely to apply to most tombolas.

There are no age restrictions although children can’t buy tickets if the prizes include alcohol.

Information sheet has been taken from, a free online resource from the Institute of Fundraising.

If running a raffle where tickets are NOT sold before the event, this falls under the terms of an ‘incidental non-commercial lottery’. As such, you will not require a license or any specific permissions. … All tickets must be sold at the location during the event and the result made public while the event takes place.