Following the fun and frolics, someone asked me how easy it was to set up and what regulations they needed to be aware of. Of course in my excitment I forgot all about the Gaming regs in the UK! So I think technically I was breaking the law by not registering the raffle. Well when I say raffle I should really say lottery as people paid for the priviledge of taking part and the winning was completely random. I didn't have any 'raffle' tickets printed up just names printed on paper which were then popped into a basket and 'him on the sofa' had the task of the being the impartial paper picker.
In terms of the legalities the law is so bloody complex I'm surprised anyone would want to comply with it! So for the purposes of my raffle/lottery, call it what you will, I am suggesting it was a private lottery. A private lottery is a lottery that can take place within a workplace or other organisation. So I think that Twitter can be classed as another organisation. The tickets were sold only to people who were on Twitter or FB and all the takings from the lottery went to the charity fundraising. I couldn't see any guidance on the Gambling Commissions website about running a raffle via social networking sites so I just did it.
If anyone reading this is a police officer, a local authority licensing officer or a bod from the Gambling Commission and tell me I've broken the law then I'll hold up my hands and you can slap the handcuffs on me! Now that might be even more fun! hahaha