Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner — The Do’s and Don’ts of Holding a Raffle

If you have ever visited the Washington State Gambling Commission’s website, you’ll know how surprisingly complicated raffles can be. There is much more to them than just selling tickets and drawing a winner. To help you stay on the right side of the law, we’ve collected the Do’s and Don’ts of holding a raffle.

Eligibility to Conduct a Raffle

  • Obtain a license if you:
    • Hold more than two public raffles per year. (You are allowed two unlicensed public raffles per year if the total gross revenue is less than $5,000);
    • Have gross revenues exceeding $5,000 from two unlicensed public raffles or all member-only raffles (be sure to track this throughout the year);

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