Major Lottery Licence - South Australia


You will require this licence if you intend to conduct a fundraiser lottery where the total retail value of all prizes will exceed $5,000, and the winners will be decided by lot or draw.

You do not require a licence to conduct a minor lottery where the total prize value is $5,000 or less.

If the lottery will also run outside of South Australia in another state or territory, you will need to contact the relevant agency in that state or territory in regard to its licensing requirements.

Please contact the agency for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Only an association may apply for a lottery licence.

Please contact the agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will need to comply with the restrictions and requirements of a lottery licence, including with respect to:

  • tickets and ticket sales
  • advertising and incentives
  • conduct and conditions
  • drawing
  • scrutineer and auditor requirements
  • banking and record keeping
  • publishing of results.

Details can be found on the agency website.

You will need to comply with the major lottery rules in conducting a major lottery that is a fundraiser. Details can be found in the legislation.


For the period of the lottery.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $9.55

Application process


You will need to lodge your completed application with:

  • a copy of the proposed ticket and book cover design
  • terms and conditions of entry and participation
  • copies of any contracts you maintain with a commission or fundraising agent
  • details about whether you will have prizes prior to ticket sales, and the value of prizes such as collector's items.

If you are a first time applicant, you will need to lodge your completed application with:

  • a copy of the association's constitution
  • names and addresses of management committee members
  • the number of financial members
  • any outstanding financial statements and auditor's reports.

Lodgement process


You will need to lodge your completed application at least 14 days prior to the lottery beginning.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

All net proceeds from the lottery, and at least 35% of the gross proceeds, must be used for an approved purpose. An approved purpose may include:

  • an educational or charitable purpose
  • an environmental, historical, or cultural heritage purpose
  • a medical purpose
  • the purpose of sport or recreation
  • the purpose of promoting the interests of students or staff of an educational institution
  • the purpose of establishing or improving a community centre or promoting the interests of a community.

The otherwise unlawful game commonly known as "two up" is not an unlawful game when played on ANZAC Day;

  • on the premises of a branch or sub-branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia Limited (RSL)
  • on a premises owned or occupied by the Defence Forces of Australia.

Administering agency

Consumer and Business Services

Supporting information