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Can a member-only club or a foundation legally conduct a

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can a member-only club or a foundation legally conduct a raffle in florida?
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Customer: I'm looking for general legal guidance on how to conduct a raffle in florida
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 9 months ago.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

Under FL laws, charities and registered non-profits with a IRS 501c tax ID can conduct charitable raffles. Chapter 97-108, Laws of Florida, authorizes additional tax-exempt organizations to conduct drawings by chance or raffles. Section(###) ###-#### Florida Statutes, authorizes qualified nonprofit corporations and their officers, employees and agents to conduct drawings by chance, provided certain conditions are met.[7] All brochures, advertisements, notices, tickets, or entry blanks used for such drawings must conspicuously disclose:

"(a) The rules governing the conduct and operation of the drawing.
(b) The full name of the organization and its principal place of business.
(c) The source of the funds used to award cash prizes or to purchase prizes.
(d) The date, hour, and place where the winner will be chosen and the prizes will be awarded, unless the brochures, advertisements, notices, tickets, or entry blanks are not offered to the public more than 3 days prior to the drawing.
e) That no purchase or contribution is necessary."

You would need to contact Division of Consumer Services of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regarding getting permission for your non-profit to conduct the raffles, but you may do so as a registered non-profit.

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