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Sell tickets to raffle a hot rod that I own. For my own personal gain.I live in Georg

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Is it legal to sell raffle tickets.Instead of selling my truck,I would like to sell raffle tickets for 150.00 each until I have sold 25,000.00 dollars in tickets.When I have sold enough , I will have a drawing.I'll keep up with every name that did buy a ticket and put the money into a special account.If I have not sold enough tickets in say 30 days, I'll give everyone the money back that did buy a raffle ticket.This is to raise money for my own interest.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Guru_Guy replied 5 years ago.

Hello,

Sorry but like most States, Georgia law limits raffles to non profit organizations.

Here is the statutory definition of raffles or lotteries, which are pretty much the same for your purposes:

'Raffle' means any scheme or procedure whereby one or more prizes are distributed by chance among persons who have paid or promised
consideration for a chance to win such prize. Such term shall also
include door prizes which are awarded to persons attending meetings or
activities provided that the cost of admission to such meetings or
activities does not exceed the usual cost of similar activities where
such prizes are not awarded.

GEORGIA STATE CODE 16-12-22.3

'Lottery' means any scheme or procedure whereby one or more prizes
are distributed by chance among persons who have paid or promised
consideration for a chance to win such prize, whether such scheme or
procedure is called a pool, lottery, raffle, gift, gift enterprise,
sale, policy game, or by some other name…

GEORGIA STATE CODE 16-12-20

Only nonprofit organizations can operate raffles:

It is the intention of the General Assembly that only nonprofit,
tax-exempt churches, schools, civic organizations, or related support
groups; nonprofit organizations qualified under Section 501(c) of the
Internal Revenue Code, as amended; or bona fide nonprofit
organizations approved by the sheriff, which are properly licensed
pursuant to this Code section shall be allowed to operate raffles.”
GEORGIA STATE CODE 16-12-22.1(a)

“Raffles shall be operated only on premises owned by the nonprofit,
tax-exempt organization operating the raffle, on property leased by
the nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and used regularly by that
organization for purposes other than the operation of a raffle, or on
property leased by the nonprofit, tax-exempt organization operating
the raffle from another nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

GEORGIA STATE CODE 16-12-22.4(h)

Assuming you are a private citizen, operating such a raffle would be a crime punishable as a first offense by up to 1 year in prison. A second offense can lead to up to five years in prison:

Any person who violates any other provision of this Code section
shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. Any
person who commits any such violation after having previously been
convicted of any violations of this Code section shall be guilty of a
felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment
for not less than one nor more than five years or by a fine not to
exceed $10,000.00, or both.

GEORGIA STATE CODE 16-12-22.2(m)

Therefore, unfortunately, I would not recommend engaging in such a scheme.

Sorry if this is not the answer you wanted, but I hope it helps you to understand the situation.

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