The Division of Gaming's Office of Charitable Gaming is responsible for the licensing and regulation of bingo and raffles conducted by charitable organizations, along with the registration of crane games that are distributed by private vendors for amusement purposes. In the charitable bingo program area, the Office of Charitable Gaming annually licenses approximately 500 bingo organizations, performs on-site operational inspections of bingo events and initiates compliance audits of charitable organizations conducting bingo.
Regarding the conduct of bingo, any religious, charitable, service, fraternal or veterans' organization or any organization, other than the state or any political subdivision of the state, to which contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes or state income or franchise tax purposes may apply for a license. A license fee of $10.00 for each bingo occasion is assessed along with an annual license fee of $5.00. Organizations are also responsible for payment of an occupational fee of 1%-2% on gross receipts.
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In the program area of raffles, the Office of Charitable Gaming licenses over 8,500 raffles annually along with conducting financial audits of the organizations conducting raffles. Any local religious, charitable, service, fraternal or veterans organization to which contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes or state income or franchise tax purposes, which has been in existence for one year or which is chartered by a state or national organization which has been in existence for at least three years may conduct a raffle upon receiving a license.
Two types of raffles may be conducted in Wisconsin, each with a license fee of $25.00 to be remitted with the application. The Class A raffle license provides for the conduct of a raffle in which some or all of the tickets are sold on days other than on the same day as the raffle drawing. No raffle ticket may exceed $100.00 in cost, all raffle drawings shall be held in public, the purchaser of a ticket need not be present at the drawing to win and all prizes shall be awarded.
With the conduct of Class B raffles, all tickets for that raffle are sold on the same day as the raffle drawing. No Class B raffle ticket may exceed $10.00 in cost, the purchaser of a raffle ticket must be present at the drawing to win a prize, but the person can give their ticket to another person to claim the prize on behalf of the purchaser if that person is present at the drawing, all such drawings shall be in public and all prizes awarded.
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If you have any additional questions, please use the following contact information:
Bingo and Crane Games: Call 608-270-2530 or 1-800-791-6970 or click here to send an e-mail.
Raffles: Call 608-270-2552 or 1-800-791-6973 or click here to send an e-mail.
Please click here for information on Casino Nights, Contests, Sweepstakes and Promotions.
Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions about other types of Gambling.
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