Games of Chance or Raffles

Fundraising organizations that intend to raise money by holding “Games of Chance,” or in some cases "Raffles," must apply for an identification number issued through the New York State Office of Racing and Wagering. If your organization needs an identification number, or the number has not been used within the last twelve months, you must update your information with Racing and Wagering.

Contact information:
New York State Office of Racing and Wagering
1 Watervilet Avenue Extension, Suite 2
Albany, New York 12206
Phone: (518) 453-8460
Fax : (518) 453-8492

It takes approximately four weeks to receive an identification number.

Conducting Games of Chance

To conduct "Games of Chance" you must provide an application (Form GC-2) for each license. Forms are available at www.racing.state.ny.us. The head of the organization must sign the application(s), which must be notarized.

A current list of working members and their date of birth must also be provided. To expedite processing, please only submit names of those that will be working at the events

Gaming Laws require that there must be at least four (4) members in charge. 

Cost to obtain a license: $25.00

Reports must be filed after the events. Information on this process can be obtained from the NYS Racing and Wagering website.

Conducting Raffles

  • Raffle tickets may be sold and drawings conducted on an authorized organization’s premises.
  • Only persons eighteen years of age or older shall purchase raffle tickets, sell raffle tickets, or conduct or assist in the conduct of a raffle drawing.
  • No sale of raffle tickets shall be made more than one hundred eighty days prior to the date scheduled for the occasion at which the raffle will be conducted.
  • The winner of any raffle prize shall not be required to be present at the time such raffle drawing is conducted.

Raffle Categories

If you intend to operate a raffle in which the cumulative net proceeds for all raffles conducted during the calendar year will meet or exceed $30,000, please read Raffle Category 1.

If you intend to operate a raffle in which the cumulative net proceeds will meet or exceed $5,000 per drawing or $20,000 total in a calendar year but will not meet or exceed $30,000, refer to Raffle Category 2.

If you intend to operate a raffle in which the net proceeds derived from a single raffle will be less than $5,000 and the cumulative net proceeds for all raffles conducted during the calendar year will not meet or exceed $20,000, refer to Raffle Category 3.