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A raffle is a game of chance where raffle tickets are sold, a winner(s) is determined by randomly drawing a ticket stub from a container, and a prize is awarded. Most drawings require a license. If your organization would like to hold a raffle, a 50-50 drawing, or a drawing for a door prize, each of these events requires a raffle license.
Apply for a Raffle
A qualified organization wishing to sell raffle tickets can apply for a Raffle License. For drawing dates awarding no more than $500 in prizes, the cost is $15 for up to three drawing dates and $5 for every additional date. To be able to award an unlimited amount in prizes, the license will cost $50 per drawing date. Print off and mail along with the appropriate fee.
CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE A RAFFLE
To cancel a raffle, notify our office in writing, contact all ticket purchasers, and provide a refund. If you have presold tickets and the raffle drawing is postponed, notify our office in writing with a new date. If you don't know the new date, please state in your notification that you will contact us in writing when you have a new date. Then contact all ticket purchasers to offer a refund or inform them that their ticket will still be valid for the new drawing. If you plan to sell more tickets you'll need to correct the drawing date on your tickets.
The raffle guide helps the organization in applying for a raffle license, preparing for the event, and what to do after the event has happened.
Act & Rules
Service Compensation Schedule
This schedule indicates the maximum amount that can be paid to a chairperson, recordkeeper, person preparing the financial statement, or other workers.
Organizations that sell charity game tickets should be aware of their federal tax responsibilities. Organizations that award a raffle prize greater than $599 or a bingo prize greater than $1,199 should be aware of player withholding responsibilities. These obligations are described in these links.