Charity raffles are convenient and engaging ways to raise money for your cause. Yet, there are many federal and state regulations in place which govern how organizations can use this specific fundraising style.  This article provides a brief summary of those regulations. The organization running the raffle is the responsible party for raffle compliance, and should therefore consult with legal counsel before publishing a raffle fundraiser.

U.S. Federal Law:

The federal government only allows online raffles only for federally tax-exempt, registered 501(c) organizations. Per IRS rules, we are unable to approve U.S. raffles that do not meet this requirement. 

U.S. State Laws:

State and local raffle laws can vary and change frequently. We recommend doing a Google search of the raffle laws in your area and consulting your legal counsel to check for any special requirements. Online raffles are prohibited in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota

Non-U.S. Organizations:

Please consult your legal counsel before publishing and running your campaign to ensure your raffle is compliant with all local laws.


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