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.