Restrictions eased on gambling-related fundraising

The Montana Department of Justice’s Gambling Control Division reminds Montana nonprofit organizations that changes made by the 2017 Legislature to ease several restrictions on gambling-related nonprofit fundraising went into effect Oct. 1. The Gambling Control Division is now accepting registration forms from nonprofits wishing to sell raffle tickets online. 
The changes are a result of Senate Bill 25, which was sponsored by Senator Mark Blasdel (R-Kalispell).  Angela Nunn, Administrator of the Gambling Control Division, said, “The Montana Department of Justice worked very closely with the Gaming Advisory Council and Senator Blasdel in the last session to pass legislation that would ease restrictions on nonprofits in their gambling-related fundraising efforts. We appreciate the nonprofit organizations that reached out to us and worked with us to develop a workable solution.”
Nunn added, “We hope the changes will allow nonprofits to increase their fundraising potential so they have the resources they need to continue fulfilling important missions for the people of Montana. The Gambling Control Division looks forward to developing our relationship with nonprofit organizations across the state and providing the resources and support they need to stay in compliance with Montana’s gambling laws and rules.”
The Gambling Control Division has created a number of resources to guide organizations that choose to incorporate gambling-related activities, such as casino nights, Calcutta auctions, or raffles into their fundraising efforts.  The registration form and guidelines can be found by visiting https://dojmt.gov/gaming
For more information, email gcd@mt.gov or call (406) 444-1971 during regular business hours.

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