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New Law Addresses Charitable Raffles of Alcohol

These provisions apply to raffles, silent auctions and other similar events

The Ohio General Assembly recently enacted a new law addressing charitable raffles to ensure that any alcohol products awarded through these fundraisers have been purchased through an appropriate state-licensed agent.

When beer and wine are raffled off, the charitable organization needs to collect and retain sales receipts indicating that the products were purchased by the organization or by a donor from an Ohio agent with permits to do business in the state of Ohio. If high-proof liquor is involved, the charitable organization must complete a form in advance and upload receipts to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. These provisions apply to raffles, silent auctions, door prizes and other similar charitable events.

Ohio liquor-permit holders and state liquor agencies are prohibited from making donations for these fundraising events.

The new law – which made no changes in the general provisions of ORC 2915 about other requirements related to charitable raffles – can be found at ORC 4301.58.

To learn more about the Division of Liquor Control, please select this link.

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