Raffles and Other Ticketed Events
Iowa State University holds a Gambling Permit from the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals
which allows events such as:
Bingo and Raffles
to be held on campus. Please complete the
Gambling Permit Usage Request
and submit to 1580J Memorial Union or attach to your event authorization
General guidelines are:
- Any prize valued over $100 must have a W9 completed by the recipient before giving them their prize.
This form must be submitted to COA, 1580J Memorial Union within one week of the end of the event.
- Cash prizes are not permitted. If you would like to do a 50/50 raffle, you must deposit all funds. Then,
when announcing the winner, have them complete a W9 which you attach to the voucher and submit
to COA, 1580J Memorial Union. This will create a check which will be mailed to the winner.
- In Bingo, you may have only 1 jackpot per evening. A jackpot must be a completely different sort of game
(such as blackout) and the prize may be valued higher up to $100.
- House Rules must be posted in the front of the playing area.
- Bingo records must be kept on winners, the date, name/description of the game and the value of the prize
for a 3 year period of time.
- Raffle tickets need to pay sales tax. The number of tickets sold must be provided to COA within a
week of completion of the sales.
- Bingo is permitted in the Memorial Union.
- Skill Involvement such as a 3 on 3 basketball tournament is NOT considered gambling and therefore
no request to use the permit is needed.
- Door Prize awards are NOT considered gambling and therefore no request to use the permit is needed.
- Social Gambling is when people with close association, such as living together in a residence hall,
play cards and/or poker events with small win/losses not to exceed $50 in 24 hour periods. There
cannot be any roulette, Texas hold ‘em or craps games allowed. There can be no entrance fees, there
must be a close social relationship and take turns dealing cards. To be a close social relationship,
consider these examples:
- A fraternity house has a close social relationship/the Greek Community is too far removed.
- A residence hall has a close social relationship/the Res Life Community is too far removed.
- Casino Nights are not permitted under the permit which the university holds.
- Texas Hold ‘em tournaments are not permitted under the permit which the university holds.
Please email Jamie Barker to ask questions about any event that is not previously