Can you explain your concerns in more detail please?
Are you selling these at a price which is above the normal price of an item like this?
If one in three has a large voucher inside it, how would you make a profit if you were not selling the items at the normal item price?
Can you please explain exactly how your business model is going to work? Thank you.
This will need to be registered as a lottery under the provisions of the Gaming Act. There is no skill involved, it’s purely a chance as to whether the person gets a voucher or not. There is nothing illegal about it provided you satisfy the licensing requirements.
If you speak to the licensing department at your local authority, and explain exactly how this works, they will let you know the correct procedure to follow. They are the guys that would enforce this so you would be well advised to engage with them at a very early stage.
Can I clarify anything for you?
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You can still do it but the procedure is different.
If you are doing this on a commercial scale and it’s going to be your source of income, then it’s not a local authority licence that you need but you need to be registered with the gambling commission.
As it is, it is purely chance as to whether people win or not. There is no element of skill. People don’t have to be geniuses because the questions are usually relatively basic although not necessarily obvious.
Here is the Gambling Commission website.
the grey area with what you are doing is the cost of what you are selling. If you were simply selling these items at the normal price and whether someone gets a prize is incidental to them then you don’t need a licence.
If however what you are doing is in effect selling a ticket (dressed up as something else) to potentially win this hundred quid voucher, then the people are actually betting because they are actually betting on which one of the items (the bath bomb) is going to be a winner. There is no skill involved it is purely chance.
It still gambling if whatever it is in each product has a different value in exactly the same way that people who bet on horses bet with different odds.