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New bill in the Utah legislature legalizes charitable raffles

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Posted at 7:40 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 22:07:50-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature would legalize charitable raffles.

Technically illegal, charity raffles have existed for a long time. Senate Bill 242, sponsored by Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, would make them legal under Utah law.

A "raffle" is defined as "a scheme for the distribution of a good, service, or monetary reward, awarded by chance among individuals who pay money, or provide some other form of value in exchange for a ticket." Under Sen. McCay's bill, 90% of the revenues from the sale of a raffle ticket must be used to benefit a charitable purpose.

A lottery does not fall under the legal definition and remains illegal, SB242 states.

The bill was just introduced in the legislature.