An eligible organization is one of the following types of entities: A charitable, religious, fraternal or veterans’ organization; a club, civic and service association; or an affiliated non-profit organization of a major league sports team. An organization shall have been in existence and fulfilling its purpose for one year prior to the date of application for a license. (Please refer to the Law for a complete definition of eligible organizations.)
The types of Games that can be played are limited to Pull Tabs, Punch Boards, Raffles (including special permit raffles), Daily Drawings, Weekly Drawings, Fifty-fifty (50/50) Drawings (including major league sports drawings), Race Night Games and Pools (excluding sports pools).
Types of Licenses
There are two types of licenses available to eligible organizations: A regular license and a monthly license.
- Regular License: A regular license is an annual license that runs for one year from the date of issuance. The fee for an annual license is $125.00.
- Monthly License: A monthly license is valid for 30 consecutive days. Any game of chance must begin and end within the 30-day period for which the license is issued. Up to 12 monthly licenses may be issued in a calendar year. The fee for a monthly license is $25.00.
Special Raffle Permits are available to regular and monthly license holders. The special raffle permit authorizes organizations to conduct a raffle that exceeds the normal prize limits applicable to Games of Chance. The fee for a Special Raffle Permit is $25.00.
Additional information can be found at the Department of Revenue website, along with the Pennsylvania State Police website.
It is recommended that you consult with your organization’s legal counsel to determine how the Small Games of Chance Act applies to your organization.
Small Games of Chance Application
Special Raffle Permit Application
Small Games of Chance Distributors List
Small Games of Chance Overview
Raffle Ticket Printing Requirements
Small Games of Chance Eligible Municipalities Within Dauphin County
Local Option Small Games of Chance Act Amended
Small Games of Chance Fact Sheet