Most people would scrap rules that stop charity lotteries competing with the National Lottery

A survey of 1,000 people by nfpSynergy finds that 66 per cent feel such restrictions are not necessary

About two-thirds of people think there is no need for rules that stop charity lotteries from competing with the National Lottery, new research shows.

A survey of 1,000 Britons conducted by the research organisation nfpSynergy found that 66 per cent of respondents felt such regulations were unnecessary, with only 12 per cent saying they were needed. The remainder did not know.

Sixty-four per cent of respondents said there should not be rules preventing charity lotteries from raising as much as the National Lottery does, with 14 per cent saying the rules were needed.

The research by nfpSynergy found that 72 per cent of people did not think there should be a cap on the number of tickets that could be sold in an individual charity lottery, with 11 per cent saying there should be. The rest said they did not know.

Researchers also asked 151 MPs for their views on lottery caps, with similar proportions as in the public sample saying they did not think ticket sales or prizes given by charity lotteries should be capped.

The Gambling Act currently limits society lotteries to £4m of sales per draw, £10m of sales a year and a maximum draw prize of £400,000. The limits were last changed in 2009.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has indicated that it is willing to increase the limits. It conducted a consultation last summer on the possibility of raising the limit on the amount they can raise from £10m to £100m a year.

But the DCMS has yet to publish its response to the consultation, which closed on 7 September.

NfpSynergy also asked people whether they thought that choosing to play a charity lottery would make them less likely to donate to a charity they supported. Fifty-six per cent of respondents said it would not, 15 per cent said it would and the remainder said they did not know.

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