Raffles are fun, easy and quick sources of revenue. Before you schedule your next raffle, review this information and contact us.
If your guild is planning to have a raffle, you need to follow the rules below for unlicensed raffles and fill out this unlicensed raffle report (PDF).
Even though we don’t hold a raffle license, the Guild Association must file a Raffle Activity Report with the Washington State Gambling Commission each year.
Guidelines for Unlicensed Raffles
An unlicensed raffle is simply a raffle, conducted by a nonprofit, which does not require a state license. Guilds can conduct unlicensed raffles if they meet the following conditions:
- No more than two raffles can be held in a calendar year.
- Gross raffle receipts may not exceed a cumulative total of $5,000 in a calendar year.
- The guild must be at least 12 months old.
- Raffle tickets can only be sold by active members of the guild holding the raffle. Ticket sellers must be 18 or older.
- Each raffle ticket must be priced the same; incentives may not be offered to encourage the purchase of tickets (e.g., $1 each or 6 for $5).
Guilds are not required to have a separate checking account for raffle income and expenses. As always, guilds may not raffle alcohol, tobacco or firearms. Maximum per ticket is $100. No free tickets or tickets as gifts.
Unlicensed raffle reporting requirements are more streamlined than what is required with licensed raffles. You do not need to maintain a raffle log that records a buyer's name, date the ticket was sold, location, etc. You only need to document the following for each unlicensed raffle:
- Gross receipts
- Expenses, such as printing tickets, renting a booth, obtaining prizes, etc.
- Prizes paid
- Net proceeds; guilds should write a separate check from their guild account for net raffle proceeds (do not submit event and raffle proceeds with the same check).
- How net proceeds were used (e.g., support uncompensated care)
- A completed W-9 form only if a prize is valued $600 or more. Otherwise, the winner's name need not be reported.