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SECTION 190-A
Raffles; license not required
General Municipal (GMU) CHAPTER 24, ARTICLE 9-A
§ 190-a. Raffles; license not required. 1. Notwithstanding the
licensing requirements set forth in this article and their filing
requirements set forth in subdivision four of section one hundred ninety
of this article, an authorized organization may conduct a raffle without
complying with such licensing requirements or such filing requirements,
provided, that such organization shall derive net proceeds from raffles
in an amount less than five thousand dollars during the conduct of one
raffle and shall derive net proceeds from raffles in an amount less than
thirty thousand dollars during one calendar year.

2. (a) For the purposes of this section, "authorized organization"
shall mean and include any bona fide religious or charitable
organization or bona fide educational, fraternal or service organization
or bona fide organization of veterans, volunteer firefighters or
volunteer ambulance workers that by its charter, certificate of
incorporation, constitution, or act of the legislature, has among its
dominant purposes one or more of the lawful purposes as defined in this
article, provided that each shall operate without profit to its members
and provided that each such organization has engaged in serving one or
more of the lawful purposes as defined in this article for a period of
one year immediately prior to being granted the filing requirement
exemption contained in subdivision one of this section.

(b) No organization shall be deemed an authorized organization that is
formed primarily for the purpose of conducting games of chance and that
does not devote at least seventy-five percent of its activities to other
than conducting games of chance. No political party shall be deemed an
authorized organization.

3. No person under the age of eighteen shall be permitted to play,
operate or assist in any raffle conducted pursuant to this section.

4. No raffle shall be conducted pursuant to this section except within
a municipality in which the authorized organization is domiciled that
has passed a local law, ordinance or resolution in accordance with
sections one hundred eighty-seven and one hundred eighty-eight of this
article approving the conduct of games of chance, and in municipalities
which have passed a local law, ordinance or resolution in accordance
with sections one hundred eighty-seven and one hundred eighty-eight of
this article approving the conduct of games of chance that are located
within the county or contiguous to the county in which the organization
is domiciled.