Lotteries with a lower risk potential (also small lotteries and tombolen): permit

If you want to hold a public lottery or raffle, you need a permit

Public games of chance may only be offered with a gambling permit. Games of chance subject to approval include lotteries and lotteries.
If you want to run a public lottery or draw (also tombolen), you must apply for it and have it approved.


Anyone who organizes or mediates a public game of chance without official permission is acting unlawfully and can make himself liable to prosecution. Participation in illicit gambling may also be criminally relevant.

More information about gambling can be found on the pages of the state government.

  • Gambling
  • State Treaty on Gambling (GlüStV) of 15 December 2011,
  • Act on the Implementation of the First State Treaty on Gambling in Germany (Erster GlüÄndStV AG) of 1 February 2013,
  • State Ordinance on Administrative Fees (General Fee Tariff) - VwGebVO SH.

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  • GlüStV
  • VwGebVO SH

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