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Raffle Laws by State 2024

Raffle Laws by State 2024

Raffle laws vary from state to state, with some states allowing certain types of raffles under specific conditions while others outright prohibit them. Here are some interesting facts about raffle laws across different states in the U.S.:

  1. Legal vs. Illegal: States like Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, and others permit raffles under certain conditions, while states like Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, and others consider raffles illegal under their laws.

  2. Licensing Requirements: In states where raffles are legal, organizations typically need to obtain licenses or permits from relevant authorities before conducting raffles. For example, California requires eligible tax-exempt nonprofit organizations to obtain a raffle permit number from the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts.

  1. Restrictions on Prizes: Some states have specific regulations regarding the types of prizes that can be offered in raffles. For instance, Connecticut prohibits cash prizes, alcoholic beverages, or prizes redeemable for cash, while Maryland allows charitable organizations to conduct raffles of real property.

  2. Nonprofit Organizations: Many states limit raffle activities to qualified nonprofit organizations. These organizations must meet certain criteria and adhere to specific regulations outlined in state laws.

  3. Prohibitions on Cash Prizes: Several states prohibit cash prizes in raffles and restrict prizes to merchandise, tangible personal property, or nonrefundable tickets for merchandise or services.

  1. Regulation by State Agencies: Raffles are often regulated by state agencies tasked with overseeing gambling or charitable gaming activities. These agencies set guidelines, issue licenses, and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

  2. Exceptions and Exemptions: Some states allow exemptions for certain types of organizations or activities. For example, Missouri permits recognized charitable or religious organizations to sponsor raffles and sweepstakes under certain conditions.

  3. Penalties for Violations: States that regulate raffles typically impose penalties for violations of raffle laws, including fines and potential legal consequences for non-compliance.

Understanding the raffle laws in your state is crucial for organizations planning to conduct raffles as part of their fundraising activities. Compliance with these laws ensures legality and prevents potential legal issues down the line.

Raffle Laws by State 2024

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State
Raffle Legality
Notes
AlabamaIllegal
AlaskaLegal
ArizonaLegal
The raffles cannot be conducted no more than three times per calendar year and the maximum fee for a...
ArkansasIllegal
CaliforniaLegal
California law allows eligible tax-exempt nonprofit organizations to conduct fundraising raffles. Or...
ColoradoLegal
Only non-profit organizations that have been in existence in Colorado for five or more years are eli...
ConnecticutLegal
Raffle prizes must be: merchandise; tangible personal property; or a nonrefundable ticket, coupon, o...
DelawareLegal
Delaware allows recognized charitable organizations to conduct bingo, raffles and No-Limit Texas hol...
FloridaIllegal
Any type of raffle (games of chance, gambling) is illegal under Florida law. One exemption is for an...
GeorgiaLegal
Operating a raffle without the license or failing to meet the requirements of statute is a violation...
HawaiiIllegal
Hawaii Law makes gambling, including raffles, a misdemeanor criminal offense.
IdahoLegal
Only charitable/non-profit organizations can conduct bingo and raffles. All other gaming activities ...
IllinoisLegal
Every Illinois raffle must be licensed. If it isn't, it's automatically illegal. Generally speaking,...
IndianaLegal
In Indiana, a raffle can only be conducted by a qualified organization in accordance with state law....
IowaLegal
The only gambling activities authorized under these licenses are bingo, raffles, and games of skill ...
KansasLegal
A charitable raffle license shall be required for any nonprofit religious, charitable, fraternal, ed...
KentuckyLegal
A charitable gaming license authorizes licensed charitable organizations to operate bingo, sell char...
LouisianaLegal
a raffle or raffles may be conducted by any person twenty-one years of age or older for any purpose ...
MaineLegal
No one can operate a raffle within the State of Maine without obtaining a license from the Chief of ...
MarylandLegal
A charitable organization may conduct a raffle of real property if it is for the exclusive benefit o...
MassachusettsLegal
Only qualified non-profit organizations that have obtained a permit can conduct raffles. An individu...
MichiganLegal
Most drawings require a license. If an organization would like to hold a raffle, a 50-50 drawing, or...
MinnesotaLegal
No license is required for bingo conducted at fairs for up to 12 days a year and bingo conducted els...
MississippiLegal
A bingo game or a raffle held pursuant to the provisions of the Charitable Bingo Law shall not be co...
MissouriLegal
Any organization recognized as charitable or religious pursuant to federal law may sponsor raffles a...
MontanaLegal
In Montana any person or organization may offer a raffle. In Montana, raffles are defined as “form o...
NebraskaLegal
To apply for a lottery/raffle license, an eligible organization must file with the Department, a Neb...
NevadaLegal
New HampshireLegal
Any New Hampshire charitable organization is defined by RSA 287-A may conduct a raffle as authorized...
New JerseyLegal
New MexicoLegal
An organization must qualify as such under either the Bingo and Raffle Act or as defined by the Crim...
New YorkLegal
Raffle tickets can be sold by a member of an authorized organization licensed to conduct raffles who...
North CarolinaIllegal
The NC General Statutes consider raffles as a form of gambling and are generally unlawful in the sta...
North DakotaLegal
There is no minimum age for raffles unless the organization sets a minimum age based on the type of ...
OhioLegal
Under Ohio law, only charitable organizations can hold raffles. Businesses and individuals are forbi...
OklahomaLegal
Raffles are legal and may prove very effective in raising funds, but the individuals contributing ca...
OregonLegal
Raffles in Oregon are considered a form of gambling and are regulated by the Oregon Department of Ju...
PennsylvaniaLegal
Rhode IslandLegal
Operating raffles, where a Fee is required for entry, is permitted by the State of Rhode Island only...
South CarolinaLegal
Raffles are governed by the Nonprofit Raffles for Charitable Purposes Act found in S.C. Code of Laws...
South DakotaLegal
Under South Dakota State Law, games of chance are prohibited in the state, except if an exemption is...
TennesseeLegal
Only a qualified organization that has submitted an application to the Division of Charitable Solici...
TexasLegal
Only a qualified religious society that has been in existence in Texas for at least 10 years; a qual...
UtahIllegal
If participant can receive something of value, raffle would be considered a lottery, a form of gambl...
VermontLegal
The gambling law allows nonprofits to operate games of chance like raffles, bingo, card games and "b...
VirginiaLegal
A qualified organization may sell raffle tickets both in and out of the jurisdiction designated in i...
WashingtonLegal
Raffles are strictly regulated in the state of Washington under the Washington State Gambling Act. O...
West VirginiaLegal
Bingo and Raffle events may not be conducted online or in-person in West Virginia without a license ...
WisconsinLegal
Wisconsin law permits tribal gaming and licensed charitable bingo and raffles. Any activity that inv...
WyomingLegal
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