Although Massachusetts General Laws prohibit most forms of gambling in the Commonwealth, an exception under M.G.L. c. 271, s. 7A and its implementing regulations, 940 CMR 12, allow for some nonprofit organizations to be permitted to hold certain gaming activities through raffles and bazaars in order to fundraise. Please review the Attorney Generals website for additional information.
A nonprofit organization which can show it has been operating in the Town of Easton for two or more years and has a charitable or civic purpose may apply for a raffle permit.
The Raffle Permit Fee in the Town of Easton is $15, or $10 for a renewal.
Forms & Documents:
Annual Raffle Report (required for permit renewals)
Qualifications of Organizations
1. Type of Organization:
2. Active NONPROFIT organization in EASTON for two (2) years or more
Obtaining a Permit:
Before conducting a raffle, M.G.L. c. 271, s. 7A requires the organization to obtain a raffle/bazaar permit from the City or Town clerk where the raffle is going to be held.
• The name and address of organization
• The evidence it relies on to qualify for a permit
• The names of three officers or members who are responsible for the raffle
• The purpose/ use to which the net proceeds will be applied
• Submit the following to the Town Clerk for review:
The process to obtain a permit is as follows:
• Permits must be issued or denied within 30 days of application
• If endorsed by the Police Chief, the Town Clerk will then issue the Permit as well as send a copy to the Commission of Public Safety & the Lottery Commission.
• The Lottery Commission will send a financial form to the organization which needs to be filed with them within 10 days after the completion of the raffle.
• Approved permits are valid for one year (organization may conduct multiple raffles, or up to 3 bazaars within the duration of the permit).
Post Raffle Filings:
Organization must file an Annual Report within 30 days of expiration of permit detailing number of events, amount raised, expenses, names of winners of prizes valued at more than $25, uses of the net proceeds; signed by the people on the application and an accountant.
Renewal of a permit is conditional upon receipt of the annual report to the Town Clerk.
Organization must keep records sufficient to substantiate information required by annual report.
State Lottery commission will issue appropriate tax forms (5% excise tax on wagering on gross proceeds payable within 10 days of each event). The tax on gross proceeds is payable even for non-profits because it is a tax on wagering, not income.