Don't Roll the Dice With a Lottery Fundraiser

Don't Roll the Dice With a Lottery Fundraiser

legal July 27, 2015 By: David P. Goch

A recent federal settlement is a good reminder that, while lotteries may seem innocuous, under certain circumstances they constitute illegal gambling. If you're planning a fundraiser that involves a game of chance, proceed with caution.

Prohibitions on illegal games of chance such as lotteries and raffles are often considered the equivalent of the posted speed limit on the highway (i.e., "Who follows those?"). But the federal government recently issued a strong reminder regarding their use in fundraising, and associations should take heed. ...