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Application for Permission to Hold a Bingo/Raffle

Procedure To Be Adopted When Applying For Permission To Hold a Raffle/Bingo In Accordance With Section 51 (1) Of The Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act

Under this section of the act permission is granted by the Minister for a lottery to be held in order to raise funds for any religious, charitable or educational purposes or promotion of athletic sports or games or cultural activities.

All applications should be made to the Ministry of Justice.

The procedure to be followed when making application for Minister’s consent is set out below: -

  • The attached application from must be completed in triplicate by three Individuals considered to be the organizers of the Raffle/Bingo. They are required to complete this form in their private capacity even though they may hold a position in the Organizing body (i.e. President, Secretary etc. of Service Club).
  • The application form when completed must be submitted with a Supporting letter from the host organization giving authority for the individuals to hold the lottery on its behalf.
  • A letter of acceptance from the benefiting organization should also accompany the application.
  • The application form is then forwarded to the Police for investigation and as to the reputation of the organizers and their trustworthiness to disburse public funds.
  • Once the Police report is favourable, a decision is taken on the application.
  • The organizers must thereafter enter into a Bond to pay to the Accountant General fifteen percent (15%) of the gross receipt, this is regarded as a duty payable.
  • Once the Bond has been signed, the formal approval for the holding of the Lottery is given.
  • With regard to the fifteen percent (15%) of the gross receipts a waiver of the duty may be sought from the Ministry of Finance, after the venture has been held.


Please include the telephone numbers of the organizers on the application.