Gaming Activities & Door Prizes
To raise funds, some chapter service teams may want to conduct some sort of gaming activity, which includes, but is not limited to, bingo, poker tournaments, raffles and door prizes.
In these cases, it's important for chapters to realize that in most states gaming activities are illegal. Therefore, chapters and their service teams are encouraged not to sponsor or co-host such activities, unless the state where the activity is being held allows the gaming activity when being done for charitable purposes.
What Is a Gaming Activity?
There are three components that must be present for an activity to be considered gaming:
- An element of chance.
- A prize being awarded.
- Consideration, which means that a person gives something in return for the opportunity to win the prize (i.e., they pay money to play).
All three components must be present for it to be a gaming activity. If one or more of the three components is not part of the proposed activity, it is not considered a gaming activity.
For example, if a youth group plays bingo with residents at a nursing home and there is not a fee for playing, there is no consideration and it's not a gaming activity.
Important: If a license is required to conduct the gaming activity, such as raffles or bingo, the chapter and service team should not sponsor, co-host or support the portion of the activity that requires a license because the chapter does not hold the license.
Some chapters choose to have door prizes at their events, and the following are important guidelines to follow.
- All people in attendance at a chapter event should be eligible to win the door prizes; chapters should not restrict door prize eligibility to members only or to certain classes of people, as that may cross the line into the drawing being considered a raffle.
- If a Thrivent Financial representative will be presenting a workshop in conjunction with the event where a door prize is being given away, verify with the representative what his/her dollar limit is, by state law, for giveaways. Some states have a limit, for example, of $25. While the restriction is for giveaways provided by the representative, chapters should abide by those same dollar limits when a representative is presenting a workshop in conjunction with the event to help alleviate concerns for the representative.
- Chapters should also have the drawing/presentation of any chapter giveaways at an event prior to the representative presenting the workshop, sharing with the audience that the chapter is providing the prize.