The Division of Gaming's Office of Charitable Gaming is responsible for the licensing and regulation of raffles and bingos conducted by charitable organizations. Our regulatory responsibility is to protect the public interest and the integrity of games of chance played in the state. We annually license approximately 7,500 raffle organizations that hold over 12,000 active raffle licenses. The raffle section on average fields over 13,000 inquiries each year regarding licensing, games of chance and other general information.
Raffles that are not legal in Wisconsin include Progressive Raffles (commonly known as a Queen of Hearts raffle, or anything similar, in which a pot rolls over if a specific card is not drawn at the time of the drawing), Square Boards, Penny Raffles, Quarter Auctions, Sports Boards, Paddles, Golf Ball Drops, etc.
SILENT AUCTIONS ARE NOT A RAFFLE AND DO NOT FALL UNDER THE SAME GUIDELINES.