What are the raffle laws of each state?

Raffle License or Application

The application for the raffle license may be required by the state, county or city government. Sometimes organizations must file with the state and local government so it is always wise to contact all government agencies. Most applications require a fee.

Raffle Requirements

Each state also has different requirements about the organizations that are allowed to hold a raffle and the manner in which it is conducted.

For example according to the laws of Colorado, the organization must have been in existence for five years before an application for a bingo/raffle license can be made. Some state raffle laws limit the number of raffles that a tax-exempt organization can hold. Other states have other very specific laws about the value of prizes given away, the format of tickets and other aspects of the raffle.

Advance Planning for Raffles

Not-for-profit organizations should also keep in mind that some registering agencies require that permits be applied for in advance. For example in Iowa the department requests that applicants allow up to 30 days for processing the application.

The following is a list of raffle laws by state (where available).

Location Legal? State Law
Alabama No Ala. Code § 13A-12-20
Alaska Yes Alaska Stat. 05.15.010
Arizona Yes Ariz. Rev. Stat § 13-331
Arkansas Yes Arkansas Code,§ 23-114-101, et seq.
California Yes Cal. Penal Code § 320.5; Cal. Code Regs. tit 11, §§ 410-426
Colorado Yes Colo. Rev. Stat. § 12-9-101, et seq.
Connecticut Yes Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 7-170 to 7-186
Delaware Yes 10-100-102 Del. Code Regs.
Florida Yes Fla. Stat. § 849.0935
Georgia Yes Ga. Code Ann. § 16-12-22
Hawaii No Haw. Rev. Stat. § 712-1220
Idaho Yes Idaho Code Ann. § 67-77
Illinois Yes 230 Ill. Comp. Stat. 15/8.1
Indiana Yes 68 Ind. Admin. Code 21-1-01 through 21-7-14
Iowa Yes Iowa Code § 99B.6
Kansas No Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-4302
Kentucky Yes Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 239.500-570,995
Louisiana Yes La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 4:701-740; § 27-402
Maine Yes Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 17 § 331
Maryland Yes Md. Code Title 13 Gaming
Massachusetts Yes Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 271 § 7A
Michigan Yes Mich. Comp. Laws § 432.101 et seq.
Minnesota Yes Minn. Stat. §§ 349.11 to 349.23
Mississippi Yes Miss. Code Ann. § 97-33-50 et seq.
Missouri Yes Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 313.005 to 313.080
Montana Yes Mont. Code Ann. § 23-5-413; Mont. Admin. R. § 23-16-2602
Nebraska Yes Neb. Rev. Stat.§ 9-1,101 et seq.
Nevada Yes Nev. Rev. Stat. §§ 462-064; 462-130 to 462-200
New Hampshire Yes N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 287-A:1 to 287-A:11
New Jersey Yes N.J. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 5:8-50 to 5:8-
New Mexico Yes N.M. Stat. Ann.§§ 60-2F-1 to 60-2F-26
New York Yes N.Y. Rac. Wag. Law §§ 185 to 195r
North Carolina Yes N.C. Gen. Stat.§ 14-309.15; § 105‑130.11 et seq.
North Dakota Yes N. D. Cent. Code§ 53-06.1
Ohio Yes Oh. Rev. Code. Ann. § 2915.092
Oklahoma Yes Okla. Stat. tit. 3A, §§ 401 to 427
Oregon Yes Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 464-250 to -995 and Or. Admin. R. 137-025-0020 to -0310
Pennsylvania Yes 10 Pa. Code §§ 311 to 327
Rhode Island Yes R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 11-19-1 et seq.; 41-3-1 et seq.
South Carolina No S.C. Code Ann. §16-19-10 et seq.
South Dakota Yes S.D. Const. § 25;S.D. Codified Laws § 22-25-23 et seq.
Tennessee Yes Tenn. Code Ann.§ 3-17-101 et seq.
Texas Yes Tex. Occ. Code Ann. § 2002
Utah No Utah Const. Art. 4, Sec. 27
Vermont Yes Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 13 § 2143
Virginia Yes Va. Code Ann. §§ 15.2-912.2; 18.2-334.2; 18.2-340-16 et seq.
Washington Yes Wash. Rev. Code. Ann. § 9.46.0311
Washington, D.C. Yes D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 30, § 1500 et seq.
West Virginia Yes W. Va. Code R. § 47-21-1 et seq.
Wisconsin Yes Wis. Stat. Ann. § 563-90 et seq.
Wyoming Yes Wyo. Code R. § 6-7-101


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