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Raffle Law

Six Tips on Planning a Raffle

by ticketprinting on December 24, 2013

Be Aware of Raffle Laws, Ticket Designs, and More

A raffle can be a great way to raise money for a charity or organization and have fun connecting with participants in the process. But before you jump head-first into raffle mania, you must take a step back and take a look at the nuts and bolts of planning a raffle. There are several things you must make sure are in order. Here’s a small list of what you should be mindful of.

Research raffle laws: Before doing anything prize-related with your raffle, it’s important to research your state’s raffle laws. According to eHow, each state has its own raffle laws, including laws that require event holders to have a special license to hold raffles. Neglecting to research raffle laws in your state could land you in a lot of trouble.

Apply for a raffle license: If you find out that you do, in fact, need a raffle license, make sure to apply for the license well in advance. According to Find Law, a license application could take weeks or months to be processed, so keep that in mind when planning your raffle.

Ask for legal help: If you feel you need a little more advice when it comes to raffles, make sure to find an attorney. Find Law states that raffle laws can be a little difficult and complex to understand, particularly about what is and isn’t acceptable. An attorney will give you the help you need in order to keep your event on the right—and legal—path.

Decide which raffle is best for your event: There are several types of raffle tickets you can choose from. One type of ticket design has blank spaces for participants to write their names and contact information in the event they aren’t there in person to collect their prize. Another type of ticket design has numbers which will be used to identify winners. This type of ticket is best if the raffle participants have to be present to collect their prize. Depending on what type of event you’re having, pick your tickets accordingly.

Develop a ticket-selling strategy: Getting your ticket-selling strategy developed is necessary in order to have a successful event. EHow illustrates several strategies for selling tickets, including going door-to-door, selling tickets online or selling tickets at a related, upcoming event. The strategy you decide on should reflect the audience you’re trying to attract.

Set a reasonable price for tickets: Raffle tickets should be affordable if you want to have a huge number of participants. EHow states that if your event’s prizes are donated, raffle tickets can be charged for a low price. If you have big prizes, people will be willing to pay a higher ticket price. Take a look at what types of prizes you’ll be giving away and price your tickets according. There are also ticket calculators online that you could use.

How will you plan your raffle?

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The Local Guide to Legal Raffles in Australia

by ticketprinting on December 14, 2012

The Letter of the Law: Keeping Raffles and Prize Draws Legal

When it comes to hosting a raffle in Australia, one of the most difficult tasks is figuring out how to keep your raffle legal.

Every Australian state and territory has different rules on charity fundraising, and if you want your raffle, lottery, Calcutta or prize draw to be successful, you’ll want to review the specific rules in your area and follow them closely.

This will help ensure that you aren’t breaking any rules, but it will also help you be more successful in the future. Many not-for-profit organisations host raffles to fundraise for charitable purposes, and to help keep your organisation’s good name clean, it’s important to stay on the right side of the law.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of links to each Australian state and territory gaming or gambling authority which includes their specific rules on licensing and permits for legal raffles.

Not every raffle needs a permit or a licence, but many do.

If you’re unsure whether your fundraising raffle requires such paperwork, review the information from the websites listed below, or contact your local authority who makes the rules.

Local Australian Gaming and Gambling Authorities

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

Once you’ve figured out how to keep your raffle on the right side of the law, the smartest next step to take is to find high quality, low cost raffle tickets. It’s a good idea to find a raffle ticket printer who can have your tickets printed fast, and provide you with the quality you’re looking for.

Help promote your charitable organisation with your raffle tickets, and put your company’s logo right on the tickets. Every person who buys a ticket will know exactly where their money is going, and in this day and age, that can be a big part of the urge to donate.

Keep your charity on the up and up by raffling off the right prize. Everyone will want to know what’s on with your organisation when they have the chance to win a fabulous prize.

Above all, keep your raffle legal, keep it fun, and keep it smart. Good luck fundraisers!

 

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Raffle Law and Apologies

by ticketprinting on March 19, 2012

And, we’re back!

I have to apologize for any confusion. While we were on hiatus, we experienced an escalating series of goofs, resulting in the contents of this Australian-centric raffle ticket blog being deleted and then inexplicably replaced with entries from a UK-centric raffle ticket blog. Consequently, a number of completely blameless British people were seeking legal advice from a blog that was a) not being updated regularly and b) intended for Aussies.

If you’ve reached this site in error, and you’re looking for information on holding a prize draw in the UK, then by all means, check out our sister blog, Raffle Ticket Printing UK.

In any case, I’d like to address the more immediate issue, that of seeking legal advice from what we like to call the “Lazy Web,” as in “Dear Lazy Web, Can you tell me…”

While holding a raffle can be a very easy way to raise money for any legitimate cause (and, depending on the laws where you live, potentially for a cause that’s not legitimate), you don’t want to take the easy way out when it comes to understanding your legal obligations. That decision will often come back to haunt you in the future.

There is a decent amount of information available online regarding your local raffle laws. Anyone (me included) can look them up with the appropriate search terms. And anyone (me included) can summarize their findings and make a blog post about it.

But you, raffle organizer, need to protect yourself! You can’t depend on any third-party source if you have a serious question. You have to go directly to the government-sponsored source to get the correct information, and if you still have questions, your best choice is always to either contact the appropriate government office, or else to hire a lawyer. It might take more time, and perhaps take more money, but in the long run, your long term outcome will be much better than if you post your question in a blog.

Looking for information about Australian raffle law? Here are some government resources:

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territories

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

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