Setting up an online raffle or lottery can seem daunting, but with planning and the helpful team here at Zaffo, setting up is straight forward. Understanding the legalities behind an online raffle or lottery is often where things start getting confusing.
In our planning checklist, we highlight all the necessary steps to take before starting your digital journey with an online raffle or lottery.
There is however, still some discussion around International raffles and lotteries. This article should help clear up any worries or questions.
International Online Raffles and Lotteries
Zaffo is an online raffle and lottery platform designed to help charities, clubs, corporates and individuals fundraise easily and securly online. Our platform was built with ease in mind so that you can get set up quickly or whilst on the go. Since our raffles and lotteries are online (and did we mention Zaffo is mobile optimised as well?), it is even easier to reach your supporters digitally. Simply promote your raffle or lottery and your supporters will be able to help you reach your fundraising goals, whilst having the opportunity to win amazing prizes.
So it's online. That means that anyone, anywhere in the World can enter our online raffles and lotteries. There are no legal impediments under UK law to stop individuals based in countries outside the UK entering Society Lotteries registered under the Gambling Act.
There may, however, be specific domestic laws in other countries that prohibit entry to UK Society Lotteries. Generally, these are aimed at embargoing online casino and other harder forms of gaming. In some countries, such as Sweden, it is illegal to participate in international gambling and citizens are actively blocked from taking part.
If you are not using a registered UK card to purchase a ticket to a raffle or lottery in the UK, your card provider may not permit the transaction. Please check your card terms and conditions.
Important note for anyone who is wanting to promote their raffles and lotteries to anyone outside of the UK.
Our platform currently requires a player to enter a UK telephone number (or an Irish telephone number if the game is being run by an organisation in the Republic of Ireland), so it will not be possible for anyone to purchase a ticket to one of our raffles or lotteries without giving one. Please do note that we are currently working on new developments regarding this. Get in touch with us for more information.
Advertising and Promotion
You're all ready to go with your brand new Zaffo raffle or lottery and now you need to think about advertising and promotion. Some of your supporters live outside of the UK and you would like them to be able to continue to support your organisation. How do you go about doing this?
Firstly, it is important to understand the legalities surrounding advertising and promoting your online raffle or lottery internationally. Please note that in terms of promotion and advertising, it is not legal to target people from specific countries where gambling is forbidden.
Please refer to our Advertising and Promotions blog for more information.
Why should you use Zaffo?
Zaffo is licensed by the Gambling Comission and are as such required to ensure that all raffles and lotteries are lawful. By using Zaffo, you reduce the risk of running an unlawful raffle or lottery. The power of a digital raffle enhances your organisations reach and lets your supporter base enter easily, securlely and whilst on the go.
We are always imporoving Zaffo; designing new ways to make your raffles and lotteries even better. We understand that the ability of running an International raffle or lottery is necessary for many organisations and we are always developing new ways to help with this process. Get in touch with us if you have any questions or feedback.
What else can Zaffo do to help with International supporters?
Check out Zaffo Pro! It's bigger, better and gives you more options with an International supporter base. With Zaffo Pro you also have the option of running a Prize Draw. Speak with our helpful team today to see if Zaffo Pro works better for your organisation and goals.
Remember, promotion is key to success - but remember in some countries laws may still prohibit people from entering your online raffle or lottery and it is not legal to target people from specific countries where gambling is forbidden.
If you are still concerned or would like some more advice, feel free to contact us directly. We are more than happy to direct you where possible and ensure that your raffles and lotteries are compliant, legal and ready to promote.
We ARE social. So come and be social with us!