Small Games of Chance Still a Gamble!

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On February 2, 2012 Governor Corbett signed into law Act 2 of 2012, which became effective March 3, 2012. Act 2 makes substantial changes to the Small Games of Chance Act, and those who are involved with charities that might sponsor a raffle or other small game of chance will want to become familiar with these changes.

Act 2 basically has rewritten the Small Games of Chance Act ("SGCA"). As a result, much of the guidance previously available, such as the Department of Revenue Small Games of Chance Primer, is no longer valid, and it will take time before new guidance is issued. As before, enforcement is to occur at the county level. Therefore, some of the issues will have to be resolved by discussion with appropriate county officials. Charities sponsoring small games of chance will need to consider the following...

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