This means all lotteries will require a Gambling Commission licence (this would be particularly frustrating for a charity that organised one big lottery then decided to hold only small lotteries thereafter – they would have to keep their Gambling Commission licence and keep paying the fees which would not be a good use of money if they only want to carry out small lotteries in the future, perhaps because the large lottery they organised was not as sensible as they had hoped)
The requirements governing large society lotteries are (for obvious reasons) more onerous than those governing small society lotteries. Where a small lottery is deemed to be a large society lottery because the charity has held a large society lottery in the preceding three years, these lotteries are subject to the more onerous requirements that are more appropriate to large scale lotteries. This causes problems where a national charity has regional groups or branches that are not legally distinct organisations. As the law currently stands such organisations can't organise small society lotteries.