Regulatory Guidance
November 5, 2021

Online Charitable Gaming and Raffles in Indiana

Disclaimer: This article offers general information and is not intended as legal or professional advice. You should consult with legal counsel regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current as of October 14, 2021, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subject discussed.

Charitable gaming events like raffles and bingo are some of the best ways to raise both awareness and money for an organization. With a great balance of low cost, easy implementation, and wide appeal, charitable gaming can be a great idea for any nonprofit. Charitable gaming is a great tool to drive cost-effective community engagement, making it an attractive option for nonprofit organizations, charities, and foundations. Indiana allows for several types of nonprofit organizations to apply for charity gaming licenses.

Charitable gaming and raffles regulatory guidance for Indiana

How does the state of Indiana define charitable gaming?

The state of Indiana has outlawed all forms of gambling with limited exceptions. Charitable gaming in Indiana covers raffles, charity game nights, and bingo. An organization wishing to operate a charity gaming event must possess the appropriate gaming license. Further, any operator of charitable gaming must apply for a license for each event.

Events may be run without a license if the total value of all prizes awarded at the event is less than $2,500 and the total value of prizes in a calendar year is less than $7,500. These exempt events must still be approved by the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Who can conduct online charitable gaming events in Indiana?

Indiana allows for certain bona fide organizations to operate charitable gaming events. These organizations include charitable organizations, business organizations, civic organizations, educational organizations, fraternal organizations, political organizations, senior citizens organizations, and veterans organizations. Detailed definitions for each of these can be found in the Indiana State Constitution

To be able to conduct online charitable gaming events, generally, the bona fide organization must be tax-exempt under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Additionally, it must contain in its bylaws a stipulation that upon the organization’s dissolution, all assets will be used for nonprofit work.

Licensing and registration requirements for online charitable gaming in Indiana

Types of charitable gaming licenses

Charitable gaming licenses are handled by the Indiana Gaming Commission. To apply for a gaming license, an organization must first be approved as a bona fide nonprofit. Once approved, an organization may apply for either a single event license, an annual license, or a three-year license. For single activities, there are different licenses and applications that vary by type of game. 

How to apply for a charitable raffle license in Indiana?

All application forms for licenses can be found on the Indiana Gaming Commission’s website. An organization must first fill out form CG-QA to apply for “qualified” status before applying for a charitable gaming license.

How much does a charitable gaming license cost in Indiana?

The license fee for an organization seeking its first annual license may not exceed $50. For license renewals, the fee is based on the previous year’s adjusted gross revenue. This amount can range from $50 to $26,000.

What is the validity of a charitable raffle license in Indiana?

Single-game licenses are valid for only the specified date of the event. Annual licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. Three-year licenses are valid for 36 months from the date of issue.

How long does it take to get a charitable raffle license in Indiana?

The Indiana Gaming Commission has 60 days to approve or deny any application. Any application must be submitted no less than 60 days before the scheduled event.

Related: Regulatory Guidance for U.S. States and Canadian Provinces and Territories

Charitable gaming resources for Indiana

Indiana Gaming Commission
Charity Gaming Division
East Tower, Suite 1600, 101 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: (317) 232-4646

Office of the Governor
200 W Washington St, 
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: (317) 232-4567

Office of the Indiana Attorney General
Indiana Government Center South
302 W. Washington St., 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 232-6201

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