Fundraising Resources

Raffle Guidelines

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). If you'd like to have a licensed raffle, please contact the Guild Association for more information.

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. As a gambling activity, raffles are regulated by the Washington State Gambling Commission. See complete raffle laws (PDF).

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 one year 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.

Simple recordkeeping

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
  • 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.