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Lotteries Act, 1997 (Act No. 57 of 1997)

Part II : Other Lotteries

Chapter 1 : Lotteries incidental to exempt entertainment, private lotteries, society lotteries and promotional competitions

36. Lotteries incidental to exempt entertainment



1) A lottery conducted as an incident of an exempt entertainment shall not be unlawful if-
a) all the proceeds of the entertainment, including the proceeds of the lottery, after deducting-
i) the expenses of the entertainment, excluding expenses incurred in connection with the lottery;
ii) the expenses incurred in printing tickets in the lottery and advertising of that lottery; and
iii) such sum, if any, not exceeding the prescribed amount for any expenses incurred in purchasing prizes for the lottery,

are utilised for the benefit of any deserving section of the public;

b) none of the prizes in the lottery are money prizes;
c) the total value of tickets sold or to be sold, is not more than the prescribed amount;
d) the opportunity of participating in lotteries contemplated in this section, or such opportunity together with any other opportunity of participating in lotteries or gambling, is not the only substantial inducement to persons to attend the entertainment; and
e) it is conducted for members of a society established and conducted for purposes not connected with lotteries, gambling or betting.


2) For the purposes of subsection (1) "exempt entertainment" means a bazaar, sale, fête, dinner, dance, sporting event or other entertainment of a similar character.