In California, charities and certain other private nonprofit organizations may conduct raffles to raise funds for beneficial or charitable purposes in the state.
This exception to the general constitutional prohibition against lotteries requires that at least 90 percent of the gross receipts from these raffles go directly to beneficial or charitable purposes in California.
Unless specifically exempted, a nonprofit organization must register with the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts prior to conducting the raffle and file an aggregate financial disclosure report for all raffles held during the reporting year. Forms for registering and reporting activities are provided on this web page.
Using the Registry’s new search feature, you can now view information regarding raffles held by nonprofits in California. The information available includes registration and raffle report data (such as the amount of money collected), and dates on which a charity intends to hold a raffle. To look at information regarding raffles use the new search feature.
What organizations qualify and how the raffles must be conducted are governed by Penal Code section 320.5, which was added by Senate Bill 639 (McPherson, Chapter 778, Stats. of 2000). For details, view the Frequently Asked Questions, Statutes and Regulations.
- Penal Code Section 320.5. Charitable Raffles, pdf
- Nonprofit Raffle Program Regulations - Title 11, Division 1, Chapter 4.6, sections 410-426, pdf
PLEASE NOTE: The registration period for conducting raffles is September 1 through August 31 annually. Registration must be completed prior to conducting raffle-related activities, including the selling of raffle tickets. You must obtain a confirmation letter from the Registry of Charitable Trusts prior to conducting any raffle activities. This includes selling tickets to an event that will be held in the future. If you wish to conduct the drawing after September 1 of any year, but you wish to sell tickets prior to September 1 of that year, you must register for both years. An organization must file the raffle registration form at least 60 days before the scheduled date of the raffle in order to give Registry staff sufficient time to process the form. The Registry does not confirm receipt of raffle registration forms. An organization that wants confirmation that the Registry has received a form must submit the form to the Registry by requesting "certified receipt," a service available at the U.S. Post Office.
- Nonprofit Raffle Registration Form - CT-NRP-1
Each nonprofit organization that intends to conduct a raffle during a year (September 1 through August 31) must complete and submit a raffle registration form. Form CT-NRP-1 may be downloaded from our Forms page (see "Forms" link in the Charities menu on the right side of this page).
- Nonprofit Raffle Report - CT-NRP-2
A nonprofit organization that has registered to conduct raffles must file a single aggregate report for all raffles held during the reporting year (September 1 through August 31), regardless of the number of raffles held. Form CT-NRP-2 may be downloaded from our Forms page (see "Forms" link in the Charities menu on the right side of this page).