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US Raffle Laws by State

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March 7, 2024

State Regulations Governing Fundraising Raffles

Fundraising raffles are legal and effective for most types of nonprofit organizations. However, care must be taken to ensure that the raffle is conducted in accordance with all applicable raffle laws and regulations.

Raffles are considered a game of chance. Thus, selling and purchasing raffle tickets is a gambling activity—even for charitable purposes. In the United States, the laws regulating raffles and raffle ticket sales are administered by state and county governments. For the states in which nonprofit raffles are legal, charitable organizations must obtain a raffle permit or raffle license.

There’s a huge variance in the legality and legal requirements for raffles across the United States. Some states allow in-person fundraising raffles but not online charity raffles, and in several states, raffles of any kind are completely illegal.

What is a legal alternative to a raffle?

Charity sweepstakes are legal in almost all 50 states. They are not considered gambling because participants aren’t required to pay an entry fee.  Read Charity Sweepstakes or Raffles for more details.

Can your charitable organization legally run an in-person or online raffle?

Below is a list of links to regulations and laws that govern raffles in each state. Please use it to begin your research and make sure that your raffle drawing is in accordance with your local raffle laws.

Raffle Laws and Regulations by State

Critical points to understand:
  • Nonprofit raffles may only be run by qualified organizations. Raffles to benefit personal causes are not allowed on Eventgroove Fundraising under any circumstances.
  • Nonprofit organizations running fundraiser raffles are regulated by their state and, in some cases, local laws, and therefore are fully responsible for complete legal compliance. The organization must directly consult their state and locality’s specific rules, laws, and regulations.
  • We strongly advise seeking guidance from legal counsel and your state attorney general’s office if you are unsure of your area’s raffle regulations.

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We are happy to help you choose what type of fundraiser is best, and even help you set it up. However, we cannot provide legal advice, and strongly recommend speaking to a lawyer if you are unsure about the regulations in your area. 

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