Northern Territory Raffle Rules

Raffle Permits NT

Raffles are a time honoured and popular way to raise funds for your favourite cause. A raffle could be loosely defined as any game of chance where there is a limited number of tickets sold, and where each ticket has the same chance of winning as every other ticket sold. But as you know, there are a million and one ways to go about a raffle. From parking a wheelbarrow full of goodies outside the local shops, to raffling off fancy houses on the Gold Coast, to a good old Friday night chook raffle or meat tray draw at the pub (yes, chook raffles are still alive and well).
In fact you could be forgiven for thinking that the only limits on running a raffle are the number of helpers you can rope in, and your imagination. But you would be wrong.

Raffles are classified by all Australian States and Territories as ‘gaming’ and, alongside casinos and licensed clubs, raffles are subject to regulation designed to protect the consumer, and the people conducting the gaming. The maze of legislation and regulation which surrounds raffles can be very daunting to the small community based fundraiser [or, for that matter, to the editor. Ed.], and I would not be surprised if some raffles had been still-born in the face of it.

As the best way to avoid accidentally breaking gaming laws is to be informed, we thought it would be useful to assemble a quick-reference guide to raffle regulations in the Northern Territory.

A note of caution: this article is intended only as a general guide. Whilst the information provided is correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of publication, we strongly advise anyone who is planning to conduct a raffle to seek the advice of the regulating authority below.

Regulating Agency: Northern Territory Department of Business: Licensing, Regulation and Alcohol Strategy

Key Features of Raffle Permits NT:

  • In the NT a Raffle is a game of chance where gross ticket receipts are $5,000 or less. A game where gross ticket receipts will be between $5,001 and $20,000 is known as a Minor Lottery. Major Lotteries are those where gross ticket receipts will exceed $20,000.
  • No permits are required to run Raffles, though a permit is required to run a Minor or Major Lottery.
  • Prize value must not be less than one-third of gross ticket receipts. E.g. a Raffle with gross receipts of $5,000 must have prizes which value NO LESS THAN $1,667 in total.
  • All relevant details below must appear on the tickets and on promotion of the lottery:

– name of association
– permit number (e.g. D1234)
– ticket price
– number of tickets to be issued
– description and value of main prizes
– “Conditions Apply” specified on Prizes with restrictions or conditions
– date, time and place of draw
– detail of how winner will be determined (barrel draw, random no. generator, etc) & draw policy
– date of publication of results and newspaper name
– ticket butt (name, address, phone no., association name)
– contact number for lottery information
– Name of place where prizes are on display (if applicable)
• There is no restriction on minors selling raffle tickets.

Further information is available from the DoB website at
Or by phoning (08) 8999 5511
Or by emailing

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