Bingo / Raffle Event Information
Community Groups, Organizations, and Service and Church groups often engage in various fundraising activities, from car washes to bake sales to bingo and raffles. It is important to know what types of fund-raising activities the organization can engage in without violating the laws of New Jersey. The regulations governing the conduct of bingo and raffles (PDF) are quite comprehensive.
Applying for a bingo or raffle license involves three basic steps:
- Registration with LGCCC as a qualified organization (PDF)
- Background Check by the State Police
- Bingo (PDF)/Raffle (PDF) Applications Submission and approval through the City Clerk's office
- A mandatory 14-day state review of the municipally approved application
Once a qualified organization receives its Registration Number from LGCCC (Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission), it may apply for a license from the City Clerk.
Applications: Applications for a bingo license are separate from that an application for a raffle license, fees may vary depending on the type of activity. Also, bingo events may only be held at a location that has been approved by LGCCC. Before submitting your application for a bingo license (or basket bingo), please make sure the facility in which you intend to hold your event has been properly licensed through LGCCC.
- Applications for both bingo and raffle licenses must be submitted in quadruplicate (4 copies) to the City Clerk at least forty-five (45) days prior to the event.
- All completed applications must include original (notarized) signatures and include the appropriate fee (see below), a copy of the Organization's Registration identification certificate, and two sample tickets. Organizations renting equipment should refer to LGCCC's website for additional requirements.
- All applications must be submitted with the appropriate fee(s). Woodbury City's fee schedule is identical to that of LGCCC. When your organization submits its application, it must be accompanied by two separate checks - one payable to LGCCC and one payable to the City of Woodbury.
- Background checks for all persons participating in the organization of the games.
- LGCCC approval - Within three days following the completion and review of the background check, the application is forwarded to LGCCC for a mandatory fourteen (14) day review period. If accepted by LGCCC, the City Clerk will issue the license to the applicant. The license must be prominently displayed during the raffle/bingo event.
Please note that no later than the fifteenth day of the calendar month following the month in which a game of chance is conducted, the organization conducting the game and the member responsible for the conduct of the game must file a 'Report of Operations' with LGCCC. Failure to file may result in fines and penalties of up to $7500 for a first offense.
- Fees: As noted above, when your organization submits its application, it must be accompanied by two separate checks - one payable to LGCCC and one payable to the City of Woodbury (for example - one check payable to LGCCC in the amount of $20, one check payable to the City of Woodbury in the amount of $20)Listed below are the most commonly conducted types of fundraising events. For detailed information on the requirements/fees for other types of games, please refer to LGCCC's website.
- On-Premises Draw Raffle - 50/50 or merchandise in excess of four hundred dollars ($400) requires the fee as set forth above (twenty dollars ($20) for each day on which a drawing is to be conducted under the license) - Under four hundred dollars ($400) does not require a fee payable to the Control Commission or the municipality.
- Off-Premises 50-50 Raffle. Licensing fee payable by law to the Control Commission for this type of license is $20 paid at the time the application is filed for each day on which a drawing(s) is to be conducted under the license. In the event the awarded prize exceeds $1,000, then an additional fee of $20 for each $1,000 or part thereof in value of the awarded prize(s) in excess of $1,000 shall be forwarded to the Control Commission by check payable to the Commission together with the Report of Operations as required by NJ.A.C. 13:47-9.
- Bingo (traditional bingo, basket bingo). Licensing fee payable by law to the Control Commission for this type of license is $20 for each occasion on which any game or games of bingo are to be conducted under the license.
- Finally; New Jersey non-profit organizations can successfully raise funds through bingo or raffles. However, if the organization does not adhere to the bingo and raffle licensing laws or the regulations, the penalty may wipe out any profits realized. It is solely the responsibility of the organization and its responsible members to learn the 'do's and don'ts' of conducting games of chance in the City of Woodbury. Should you need guidance, please feel free to contact the City Clerk at 856-845-130, Ext. 146.