New South Wales Raffle Rules

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NSW Raffle Rules

Raffles are a time honoured and popular way to raise funds for your favourite cause. The regulations can be a bit of a minefield (and vary so much State-to-State). No wonder you are wondering what the NSW raffle rules are!

A raffle could be loosely defined as any game of chance where there is a limited number of tickets sold, and where each ticket has the same chance of winning as every other ticket sold. But as you know, there are a million and one ways to go about a raffle. From parking a wheelbarrow full of goodies outside the local shops, to raffling off fancy houses on the Gold Coast, to a good old Friday night chook raffle or meat tray draw at the pub (yes, chook raffles are still alive and well).

In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking that the only limits on running a raffle are the number of helpers you can rope in, and your imagination. But you would be wrong.

Raffles are classified by all Australian States and Territories as ‘gaming’ and, alongside casinos and licensed clubs, raffles are subject to regulation designed to protect the consumer, and the people conducting the gaming. The maze of legislation and regulation which surrounds raffles can be very daunting to the small community-based fundraiser (or, for that matter, to us!), and I would not be surprised if some raffles had been abandoned in the face of it.

As the best way to avoid accidentally breaking gaming laws is to be informed, we thought it would be useful to assemble a quick-reference guide to raffle regulations in New South Wales.

A note of caution: this article is intended only as a general guide. Whilst the information provided is correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of publication, we strongly advise anyone who is planning to conduct a raffle to seek the advice of the regulating authority. Links are below.

Regulating Agency: NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing

Key Features of NSW Raffle Rules:

  • No permit is required in NSW for charitable organisations to run a raffle (‘lottery’) up to a total prize value of $30,000. Lotteries with a prize pool in excess of $30,000 are ‘Art Unions’ in NSW and are subject to different regulations.
  • At least 40% of gross fundraising proceeds must go to the not-for-profit organisation. Expenses, including prizes, not to exceed 60% of gross proceeds.
  • Total value of cash prizes is capped at $30,000.
  • Tickets, where prizes include alcohol, may not be sold or bought by anyone under 18 years of age. There are no other restrictions on minors selling raffle tickets in NSW.
  • Tickets must be numbered sequentially, and ticket butts must clearly display the ticket number. Where the prize pool exceeds $10,000 the ticket must also have space on the ticket butt for the purchaser to write their name and address.
  • When advertising the raffle, organisations must make the following information available:
    • the price of the ticket
    • the name of the organisation for whose benefit the raffle is being conducted
    • details of the prizes and their recommended retail value
    • the place, time and date of the draw
    • details of how the prize winners will be notified
    • details of the way in which the results of the draw will be publicised
  • It is sufficient for this information to be provided on the ticket.

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