Running a non-money lottery is subject to a licence (Non-money lottery licence) granted by the competent authority, unless the lottery is a small-scale lottery or a mini-lottery as set forth in the Lotteries Act. The non-money lottery licence is granted by the local police department for a lottery organised in its respective jurisdiction, or the National Police Board for non-money lotteries run across several police districts.
Applications for non-money lottery licences must be made in writing. Licences can be granted for a maximum period of six months. Non-money lottery licences can be granted to associations, foundations or other communities that are registered in Finland and that promote a non-profit cause.