Raffles and bingos are regulated by the State of Connecticut. An event is considered a raffle if a person is paying a price for a chance at a prize. Exceptions to this are games of skill, in which a person pays to show their skills are better than others and they win a prize for being the best - i.e. shooting basketballs, counting jelly beans in a jar, hitting a golf ball the furthest.
The State of Connecticut requires all raffles to be registered with the Division of Special Revenue as well as the municipality in which the raffle will be held. The application must be signed by three electors of the municipality in which the raffle will be held and will be subject to background checks. There are also permit fees payable to the state and the municipality. These fees vary depending on what "class" the raffle falls under. An inventory of the tickets before and after the raffle is also required. For more information, please refer to section 7-170 to 7-186 of the Connecticut General Statutes at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/lib/dcp/pdf/gaming/operation_bazaars_raffles.pdf
Article ID: 432
Last updated: 27 Jun, 2018