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General information regarding electronic raffles and electronic raffle systems and electronic raffle platforms along with online raffles.

Raffle Secrets the Texas Attorney General doesn’t want you to know

50/50 Raffles are Illegal in Texas...(this is an example of laws many Texans don't know) Did you know 50/50 raffles are illegal in Texas except for professional sports teams' foundations?  Most people wouldn't know this because 50/50's are prolific in the state.  Every 50/50 that you see (except at pro sports games) are in fact illegal.  Money…
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New York may be getting Online Raffles…

NOTE: Senate Bill S4329, the “Charitable Gaming Act of 2017,” was introduced by Patrick Gallivan in February and referred to the Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee. It passed both a Senate and Assembly vote easily in June and was delivered to Governor Cuomo’s desk on December 6th. To the surprise of many – as Cuomo rejected…
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List of Texas Pro Teams that Qualify for 50/50 Raffles under Proposition 5

Proposition 5 added to the list of Professional Sports Teams that can host electronic 50/50 raffles at their games.  It also removed the barrier that the team had to have a foundation prior to 2016 although they do need a charitable foundation. “Professional sports team charitable foundation” means an organization that: (A) holds a certificate…
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What’s going on in Canada with Online Lotteries and Raffles?

You're likely well aware Canada has amended criminal code 207 that deals with charitable gaming and giving the provinces the right to allow lotteries and raffles for charitable purposes.  The code was amended in December of 2014 which opened the doors for online raffles, random number generators choosing winners and payment of prizes.  The push…
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Canadian Criminal Code 207

I’ve written about changes to criminal code 207 in the past but have actually posted the change in the code that allows charitable gaming in Canada to offer online lotteries.  The change is really in 207. (4.1) Permitted lotteries 207. (1) Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this Part relating to gaming and betting, it…
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Computers, Math, Raffles and Random Number Generators

The federal government has changed criminal code 207(4) c to allow the provinces the right to allow charitable gaming on or through a computer.  This change opens the door for charities to adopt the use of random number generators (RNGs) for their raffles in Canada. In many US jurisdictions this is already a reality.  Random…
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