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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

37. Private lotteries

 

 

1) A private lottery shall not be unlawful if-
a) all the proceeds, after deducting only expenses incurred for printing and stationery pertaining to tickets of that lottery and notices advertising that lottery, are devoted to the provision of prizes for purchasers of tickets or chances, or, in the case of a lottery conducted for the members of a society, such proceeds are devoted-
i) to the provision of prizes;
ii) to the purposes for which the society was established; or
iii) to the provision of prizes as well as to the purposes for which the society was established;
b) no written notice or advertisement of the lottery is exhibited, published or distributed other than-
i) a notice thereof exhibited on the premises of the society for whose members the lottery is conducted or, as the case may be, on the premises on which the persons for whom the lottery is conducted, ordinarily work or reside; and
ii) such announcement or advertisement of the lottery as is contained in the text printed on the tickets, if any;
c) no person is employed for reward in any form whatsoever in connection with the conduct of the lottery;
d) no ticket in the lottery is sent through the post;
e) the total value of the tickets or chances sold or to be sold or the total value of the prizes in that lottery is not more than the prescribed amount determined by the Minister in consultation with the board;
f) the sale of tickets in the lottery is confined-
i) to the persons for whom the lottery is conducted; and
ii) in the case of a lottery conducted for the members of a social or sporting club, also to any other person who is on the premises of such club at the time of sale;
g) it is conducted for members of a society established and conducted for purposes not connected with lotteries, gambling or betting; and
h) a person purchasing a ticket for a private lottery does not solely by purchasing that ticket become a member of the club or society which conducts that lottery or on whose behalf that lottery is conducted.

 

2) For the purposes of this section each local or affiliated branch or section or branch of a society shall be regarded as a distinct society.

 

3) The board may determine the maximum number and frequency of private lotteries that may be promoted in any period of 12 months on behalf of the same social or sporting club, or on the same premises where persons work or reside.