Kenneth Niman Massanutten Fraternal Order of Eagles #4186
New Charitable Gaming Permit and Renewing Charitable Gaming Permits
When applying for a new Charitable Gaming Permit or renewing a Charitable Gaming Permit the applicant is required to list the raffles, dates and times anticipated to be conducted and raffle items and raffle item values anticipated to be raffled. This is an unreasonable requirement because we have to keep records and report to the Office of Charitable Gaming quarterly and annually regarding our charitable gaming activities which includes these raffles.
I can somewhat understand the requirement to anticipate what raffles we will conduct but to anticipate what raffles, how many raffles, dates and times, what raffle items and what the value of the raffle items will be prior to conducting these raffles seems unnecessary and impossible. I can anticipate that we will do 50/50 raffles, what I cannot anticipate is how many 50/50 raffles we will do throughout the year, what dates and times we will conduct the 50/50 raffles, nor can I anticipate how much money each 50/50 raffle will raise.
Many of our clubs conducts 50/50 drawings, Hi/Lo Boards, and other raffles on a whim, meaning, it is unplanned. For example, there are times we will throw together a 50/50 drawing because we have a good crowd in the social quarters or we may buy a raffle item on the whim because it is a seasonal item on sale. My point is, there are many factors in regard to conducting raffles that makes it impossible to anticipate the conducting of these raffles as required by the Office of Charitable Gaming.