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Certain organizations in Texas qualify to hold charitable raffles. Please review this information about raffles from the Texas Attorney General as well as "Raffles in Texas: Know the Law," where the Attorney General states:

Texas law allows only certain charitable and nonprofit organizations to conduct raffles to support their charitable causes. Only the following entities which meet certain qualifications are permitted to hold raffles:

  • religious societies
  • volunteer emergency medical service providers
  • volunteer fire departments
  • qualified nonprofit organizations

They also caution about unlawful raffles:

Examples of unlawful raffles include any raffle that is:

  • conducted by an individual
  • conducted by a for profit business
  • conducted by a charity that does not qualify

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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