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Certain organizations in Texas qualify to hold charitable raffles. The Texas Attorney General's website provides information about raffles. We are often asked if a specific organization or if a private individual is allowed to hold a raffle under the law. The Attorney General's website states the following about who may hold a raffle (emphasis added):

Who may conduct raffles?

Only a qualified religious society that has been in existence in Texas for at least 10 years; a qualified volunteer fire department that operates firefighting equipment, provides fire-fighting services and that does not pay its members other than nominal compensation; a qualified volunteer emergency medical service that does not pay its members other than nominal compensation; or a qualified 501(c) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that has been in existence for at least three years may hold raffles in Texas under CREA. Individuals and for profit businesses may not hold raffles.

If you are interested in reading the text of the law itself, see the Charitable Raffle Enabling Act (chapter 2002 of the Texas Occupations Code).

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