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State Charitable Gaming Laws

This is an excellent reference  of Charitable Gaming Laws   

by Chuck Humphrey

"Chuck Humphrey began practicing law in 1968. He was a partner in the national firm of Kirkland & Ellis when, in 1986, he became one of the two founding partners of Addoms & Humphrey, a Business Development Company, that assisted in structuring and financing new ventures. Chuck continues his law practice, which principally focuses on gambling law, business matters, and structuring transactions."


Many states have enacted laws exempting certain charitable gaming activities from the applicable anti-gambling laws. 

Websites containing state statutes are available for all states, although they may be out of date. The excerpts presented here are taken from those websites.  It may take a long time before new provisions of a state law are incorporated into the online text the state makes available.  Before acting on any information contained in gambling-law-us.com you should get up to date and to the point advice from a lawyer.

The most commonly exempted activities are bingo and charitable raffles as well as certain types of casino games.  Hawaii and Utah do not have any charitable gaming laws.

The charitable gaming laws from all states that have them are listed in the table below.  To view the applicable state law click on the name of the state