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Raffle Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Raffles can only be run by organisations that have been Declared by VCGLR. The organisation can hold a raffle without a minor gaming permit as long as the prize value is $5000 or less.

The information on this page relates to both commercial and community and charitable gaming.

What are the requirements to run a raffle?
Prize pool $500 or less $5000 or less Over $5000
Is a permit required No No Yes
Is the number of tickets available for sale limited? Yes, the total value of tickets available for sale must be not less than twice and not more than six times the total value of the prizes Yes, the total value of tickets available for sale must be not less than twice and not more than six times the total value of the prizes. Yes. It must not exceed the number authorised by the permit.
Are we required to have printed tickets? No Yes Yes
Do we need to collect ticket purchaser's details? No Yes. Ticket sellers should obtain enough information to be able to identify the winners. Yes. Ticket sellers should obtain enough information to be able to identify the winners.
How long can we sell tickets for? One day, or within an eight hour period. No longer than three months. For the period authorised on the permit. A permit will not be issued for a period exceeding 12 months.
When does the draw have to occur? On the same day as the ticket sales, or within an eight hour period. On the date printed on the tickets, which must not be more than 14 days after the date of the proposed last ticket sales. On the day authorised by the permit.
What method must we use to draw the raffle? The method of draw must allow each ticket a random and equal chance of winning. The method of draw must allow each ticket a random and equal chance of winning. The method of draw must allow each ticket a random and equal chance of winning.
We cannot locate the winner, what should we do? If a winner does not come forward within a reasonable amount of time following the announcement of the winning number a redraw must occur. Contact the VCGLR by phone on 1300 182 457. Contact the VCGLR by phone on 1300 182 457.
What records must we keep and for how long? You must keep a record of the distribution of funds and prizes for three years. You must keep a record of the distribution of funds, details of tickets printed, and prizes for three years.

You must keep a record of the following for three years:

  • How tickets are sold
  • How the sales were publicised
  • Names of entrants
  • How many tickets were sold (to each person)
  • How many tickets were returned (from each person)
  • How much money was remitted
  • When and how the raffle was drawn
  • Names and addresses of winners

Description (including retail value) of the prizes

How do I apply for a minor gaming permit, and amend the permit?

If you plan to hold a raffle with a prize value of over $5,000, you need to apply for a minor gaming permit. See Application process and requirements for more information.

How should a raffle be conducted?

A raffle is a lottery where entrants purchase tickets for the chance to win prizes and the proceeds from it go to a charity, sporting or recreational body or a registered political party.

Any method can be used to draw winners, as long as it provides a random and equal chance of each ticket being drawn and the method does not allow the possibility of more than one entry being deemed the winner of the same prize.

For more information on raffle prizes please visit the Raffle prizes frequently asked questions below.

Can I hold a raffle on behalf of a community or charitable organisation?

Any person who conducts a raffle on behalf of a community or charitable organisation must have written consent of the governing body of that organisation.

What is a commercial raffle licence?

A commercial raffle licence is required if:

  • the person is not an employee of a declared community or charitable organisation
  • they conduct a raffle, in whole or part, on behalf of a community or charitable organisation
  • they receive payment for their services.

A community and charitable organisation must also obtain a raffle permit for any activity conducted on its behalf if prizes are valued at $5,000 or more. Only declared community and charitable organisations can apply for a raffle permit.

For more information, see Application process and requirements - commercial raffle.

Can I run a raffle for a political party?

If you are an affiliate or branch within an organisation and wish to carry out a raffle on behalf of a political party, it must be conducted in the name of the declared political party. The affiliates or branches must have written authority from the political party to conduct the raffle. If the political party is to receive any proceeds from the raffle, this must be included in the raffle ticket.

Can a licensed venue have alcohol as a raffle prize (hamper or otherwise)?

It depends on the liquor licence category and conditions. It is legal for a venue already licensed to supply liquor for consumption off the premises to offer alcohol as a raffle prize, provided that other legal requirements are satisfied, for example, the raffle is for the benefit of a declared community or charitable organisation (eg sporting clubs and charities) and not for the profit of the licensed venue. If the licensee is not licensed to supply liquor for consumption off the premises, it is not legal to offer alcohol as a raffle prize unless a temporary limited liquor licence authorising the supply liquor for consumption off the premises is obtained.

If alcohol is offered as a raffle prize, the raffle tickets must not be sold to minors.

Can an unlicensed venue offer alcohol as a raffle prize (hamper or otherwise)?

A temporary limited liquor licence authorising the supply liquor for consumption off the premises should be applied for if the venue is unlicensed and wishes to conduct a raffle with alcohol as a prize. If a temporary limited licence is granted, it is still necessary to ensure all other legal requirements are met. See the above answer to question one.

If alcohol is offered as a raffle prize, the raffle tickets must not be sold to minors.

See Temporary limited licences for more information.

Can I offer cash as a raffle prize?

Cash is not a legal raffle prize. However, if the raffle prize is travel associated, for example accommodation or flights, a maximum of 10% of the total value of the prize can be cash.

Are reverse raffles legal?

A reverse raffle is illegal in Victoria. A reverse raffle draw is a raffle where the last ticket drawn is declared the winner of the first prize. The Gambling Regulations 2015 state that the first raffle ticket drawn must win first prize.

Can I have different prices for raffles, for example $2 per ticket or three tickets for $5?

The selling of raffle tickets at equal value or different values is legal in Victoria. Ticket prices must be printed on the tickets, except in "small raffles" as defined in the Gambling Regulations 2015.

Can raffle prizes be swapped or a cash alternative offered?

Cash cannot be offered as an alternative raffle prize.

It is not prohibited to offer an alternative prize if it differs marginally from the original prize specifications and the winning recipient accepts the alternative prize. For example, a different colour car to the one advertised but same make and model.

How long have I got to deliver the prizes to winners?

A raffle prize must be delivered to the winner within 28 days of the raffle being drawn.

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21 February 2017