All sweepstakes must be approved by Midwest Horse Fair staff to ensure that only credible sweepstakes are offered. If money is exchanged for a raffle ticket, the application and raffle fees must be submitted to the Midwest Horse Fair in addition to the legal requirements of the State of Wisconsin. In a Class A raffle, tickets can be sold up to 270 days in advance – as well as on the day of the raffle. Pre-printed contest tickets must include the name and address of the sponsoring organization and its contest license number; a list of prizes valued at more than $1,000, the time and place of the draw and must stipulate that the buyer does not need to be present to win. The name of each ticket buyer and their contact details will be written in the ticket stub so that the winners can be contacted. You can run free sweepstakes and sweepstakes without submitting a prize draw entry. Class B raffle tickets will be sold on the day of the event and will use a generic ticket. Winners must be present to win. Each license costs $25 and is valid for one year. For Class A and B draws, separate applications must be filed, even if both take place on the same day. Approval takes four to six weeks. Organizations eligible to hold sweepstakes are religious organizations, veterans, fraternity, service, schools, and nonprofits that are exempt from tax under the Internal Revenue Code. The documentation required for the application depends on the type of organization.

In addition, a license cannot be transferred to another organization or person. Those who organize the raffle are not allowed to be paid for the work. If the raffle license is not used correctly and the winnings are not used locally, the organization could permanently lose its fundraising privileges. Choose wisely the person who will lead the raffle. I volunteer with the parent-teacher organization at my child`s school and we are planning a raffle-style fundraiser. One of the parents said we needed a license from the state to organize our raffle. It`s true? If so, what steps do we need to take? Your parent-teacher organization needs a license for a sweepstakes, but there are different types of raffle licenses under Wisconsin law. Since sweepstakes are considered a form of gambling, the request is made through the Gaming Division of the Wisconsin Department of Administration. In addition to submitting the application below, these additional elements are required to complete your application: in a calendar draw, the organization must follow the same guidelines it would follow for a Class A license. Several prints are sold on a single ticket.

They take place on specific days indicated on a calendar and the winners must be physically drawn at random each individual day. Article by Johns, Flaherty & Collins. For a lawyer from La Crosse, call him or her at 608-784-5678. Please send the requirements to Midwest Horse Fair, PO Box 128, Columbus WI 53925. Documents can also be sent by email to or by fax at 920-623-5454. The Midwest Horse Fair has a very eye-catching jingle that has been around for many years.