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.