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A properly run Race Night is regarded as a lottery, as defined in the Lotteries and Amusement Act of 1976. The films are simply an entertaining way of selecting a winning number at random, and the tote ‘betting' tickets are just chances in a lottery where nobody knows which number will win.

All our Race Nights are the type of event, where films are picked at random, none of the actual runners on the film are named, and no ‘form' (information about the runners) is given or “Horses in the Paddock” shown until all the betting has been closed.

The films are then shown in their entirety.

Legally a Race Night should not be the only form of entertainment, to that extent Race Nights Scotland run a “Fun Charity Event” which includes not only a Race Night, but audience participation games, a mini quiz and music throughout the night, ensuring that the sole inducement of the night is not just the racing.

Providing a Race Night is held on suitable premises, pub, club, church hall, community centre etc, you do not have to register with the police, or obtain a license. You can also hold a race event on a Sunday. However please ensure that if you advertise your event, you advertise as a Fun Charity Event including Horse Racing

All our activities are governed by the Charities Act 1992, which includes a set of rules, which as professional fundraisers we must follow. The most important point is that we have an agreement — a legal contract with the organisations we support, and that all monies raised, excluding legitimate costs, are then given in full to the charitable institution advertised.





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