Just because your business has been licensed to have video gaming, it does not necessarily mean that your establishment can also host raffles and poker runs. Unless you get the proper license and you operate the raffle in accordance with the Raffles and Poker Runs Act and all applicable local laws, it is considered illegal gambling. 

We advise that you look into the rules and regulations outlined in the Raffles and Poker Runs Act before planning an event to make sure your business is following the law. The Raffles and Poker Runs Act, in its entirety, can be found here.

Under the Raffles and Poker Runs Act, counties and municipalities are able to write their own raffle ordinances, as long as they comply with state law. The municipality should have an application process in place to issue a raffle license to those who apply. Our licensing department can be a great resource for you if you have questions surrounding these ordinances or application processes. You can contact them at licensing@midwest.bz.

Fully understanding the legal requirements for any type of gambling that is taking place at your establishment is highly important for protecting your business.  Not educating yourself of these laws could put you at serious risk for legal ramifications.  Our team is always here for you if you have questions about an event you are planning or The Raffle and Poker Run Act. Don’t hesitate to reach out.