Wisconsin law provides that only charitable organizations can obtain a raffle license in Wisconsin. Individuals and businesses do not qualify for a raffle license and are unable to legally conduct raffles to benefit an individual or other organization. In these instances, we suggest conducting a silent auction or utilizing a game of skill. Any game of chance is illegal in Wisconsin except for licensed bingos, licensed raffles and tribal gaming and only charitable organizations are eligible to receive a raffle license. Unlicensed raffles constitute illegal gambling, and can subject the participants to criminal penalties.