Charity lotteries

Lotteries include e.g. bingo, scratch cards, lottery tickets, or tombola. Lottery does not cover gambling on gaming machines nor games covered by licences to online casino.
Lotteries only require a licence from the Danish Gambling Authority if

  • Participants make a deposit (money or similar)
  • The chance of winning is based on chance, and
  • Participants have a chance of winning a prize through the payment

Exclusively monopolies can organise lotteries, but it is also possible to apply for or notify of charity lotteries or other non-profit purposes. 
 

Go to Lottery - monopolies

How to obtain a licence

What is a lottery and when should you submit a notification/apply for a licence before the holding of a charity lottery? Watch the video and get the answer.

NB. video only available in Danish

Special rules apply to closed clubs. Watch the video that explains the rules.

NB. video only available in Danish

Notification

Checklist to 5-01

Notification of lottery

Form 5-01

Notification of pulic charity lotteries

Non-profit associations and organisations can submit a written notification about a charity lottery when the total revenue of the lottery does not exceed DKK 20,000. Associations and organisations may only give notification about two charity lotteries per year and any additional lotteries require that you apply for a licence.

You must submit a written notification to the Danish Gambling Authority at least 14 days before holding the charity lottery. You must use notification form no. 5-01.

Licence

Checklist to 5-02

Application for lottery

Form 5-02

Application for licence to hold public charity lotteries

Non-profit associations, institutions, organisations, or a committee can - with a licence from the Danish Gambling Authority - organise a lottery for the benefit of charity or other non-profit purposes.

You must apply for a licence from the Danish Gambling Authority at least 4 weeks prior to organising the charity lottery. You must use application form no. 5-02.

Before a licence can be granted or a notification accepted, a number of terms and conditions must be met. Read more about the terms and conditions in the guidelines on charity lotteries.

 

The Danish Gambling Authority sends Digital Post

The Danish Gambling Authority sends licences or acceptances of notifications to companies that have a CVR number through Digital Post. This means that companies with a CVR number will receive mail in their digital mailbox on virk.dk or e-boks.dk. If you do not have a CVR number, the licence will be sent to the mail, which is stated in the application.

If you apply as a committee (at least three persons), the licence will be sent to the digital mailbox on Borger.dk or e-boks.dk of the committee members, who have sent the application. 

Read more about the Danish Gambling Authority’s use of Digital Post 

Organising charity lotteries in closed clubs

Associations which organise private lotteries where only members of the association and their relatives may participate shall neither apply for a licence nor notify of the charity lottery to the Danish Gambling Authority.

However, for a notification or licence to be unnecessary, several terms and conditions must be met. Read more about the terms and conditions in the guide on the supply of charity lotteries in closed clubs.

When you have obtained a licence

 

Remember

When you have obtained a licence you must submit a copy of the audited accounts of the lottery as well as a copy of the used lottery ticket, guidelines, poster, or the like to the Danish Gambling Authority. This must be done 6 month after the closing of the sale at the latest.

You must also remember to pay the gambling duty of cash winnings that exceed DKK 200 to the Danish Tax Agency and in case the prize consists of goods, you must pay a gambling duty of winnings that exceed DKK 750. 

Checklist to 5-03

Accounting after lottery

Form 5-03

Accounts of charity lotteries

Submission of accounts

After holding the lottery you must publish:

  • Audited accounts of the charity lottery
  • A declaration from the auditor about the spending of the profit
  • If the total revenue is more than DKK 100,000 the auditor must be a state authorised or registered auditor.

The audited accounts and the auditor's declaration must be submitted to the Danish Gambling Authority at the same time of the publication at the latest. You must use form no. 5-03.

Use of electronic payment services (i.e. MobilePay and payment with Dankort)

It is permitted to use electronic payment services (i.e. MobilePay and payment with Dankort) in connection with the purchase of already generated lottery tickets on for instance the websites of the associations.

However, this requires that electronic services are only used as payment in cases when a physical lottery ticket exists and the payment information does not generate the ticket or similar. 

Remember

Registration and payment of gambling duty. 

Your association must register with the Danish Business Authority by using the registration form no. 29.063. If you have any questions regarding the registration or payment of gambling duty please contact the Danish Tax Agency at tel. no. +45 72 22 18 18. You will find a guidance on how to register with the Danish Business Authority under Guidelines

Form 29.063

Registration - Gambling duty - except duty on gaming machines

 

Guides

Application for a licence to charity lottery

Total price below DKK 20,000 or by the third notification within the same calendar year

Notification of charity lottery

It is possible to notify of two charity lotteries with a total price of DKK 20,000 or below twice a year

Holding charity lottery in closed clubs

Clubs that hold lotteries

The Danish Gambling Authority's legal guide

The legislation on all gambling categories

Guide for managers of shops

Guide to managers of shops that sell betting and lottery

Guide on registration of a company in order to pay gambling duties

Guide for foreign gambling operators on obligations to the Danish Tax Agency

Laws and Executive Orders

See historical versions of the legislation

Notice: There may have been made later changes to the acts/executive orders. Please confer with the Danish legal text in order to ensure that you have the latest version of the acts. You are always welcome to contact the Danish Gambling Authority in case of doubt.

The English versions of the acts and executive orders are unofficial translations. In case of any discrepancy between the original Danish text and the English translations of the acts and executive orders, the Danish text shall prevail.
 

Consolidation Act No. 1494
Of 06 Dec 2016

The Danish Act on Gambling

Executive Order no. 1301
Of 15 Dec 2011

On charity lotteries

Executive Order no. 48
Of 23 Jan 2012

On changes to the Executive Order on charity lotteries

Only available in Danish 

Executive Order no. 1132
Of 04 Dec 2012

On changes to the Executive Order on charity lotteries

Only available in Danish

Executive Order no. 1096
Of 11 Sep 2013

On changes to the Executive Order on charity lotteries

Only available in Danish

Executive Order no. 1304
Of 15 Dec 2011

On reimbursement rates for certain games

List of licence holders

Danske Lotteri Spil A/S

Danske Lotteri Spil A/S have a monopoly to provide lotteries such as Lotto and scratch cards. 

Danske Lotteri Spil A/S is a state-owned joint-stock company, with a licence to provide gambling in Denmark and Greenland. The licence is issued by the Danish Gambling Authority and the Danish Gambling

Authority supervises Danske Lotteri Spil A/S.

Below you can read Danske Lotteri Spil A/S’s licences in Denmark and Greenland. 

Licence to provide lottery

For Danske Lotteri Spil A/S in Denmark

Licence to provide lottery and betting on horse and dog racing

For Danske Lotteri Spil A/S in Greenland

Det Danske Klasselotteri A/S

Licence to provide class lottery

For Det Danske Klasselotteri A/S in Denmark

The right to provide class lotteries is reserved to Det Danske Klasselotteri A/S, Landbrugslotteriet, and Varelotteriet. Det Danske Klasselotteri is a state-owned joint-stock company with a licence to provide class lottery in Denmark. The licence is issued by the Danish Gambling Authority and the Danish Gambling Authority supervises the class lottery. The Ministry of Justice supervises the two other class lotteries. Below you can read the licence of Det Danske Klasselotteri.

Almindeligt Dansk Vare- og Industrilotteri (Varelotteriet) 

Varelotteriet holds a licence to provide lottery in Denmark issued by the Ministry of Justice, which also supervises the lottery. If you wish to file a complaint against Varelotteriet, you must contact the Ministry of Justice. 

Contact the Ministry of Justice

Landbrugslotteriet 

Landbrugslotteriet is an independent institution with a licence to provide lottery in Denmark. The licence is issued by the Ministry of Justice which also supervises Landsbrugslotteriet. If you wish to file a complaint against Landbrugslotteriet, you must contact the Ministry of Justice.

Contact the Ministry of Justice