Campus Organizations Accounting Office

Raffles and Other Ticketed Events



Iowa State University holds a Type 07 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 form and submit to 1580J Memorial Union.

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 4-part 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 may need to pay sales tax. The number of tickets sold must be provided to COA within a week of completion of the sales.

Additional Information:

  1. Skill Involvement such as a 3 on 3 basketball tournament is NOT considered gambling and therefore no request to use the permit is needed.
  2. Door Prize awards are NOT considered gambling and therefore no request to use the permit is needed.
  3. 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.
  4. Casino Nights are not permitted under the permit which the university holds.
  5. Texas Hold ‘em tournaments are not permitted under the permit which the university holds.


Please call our office at (515) 294-1633 to ask questions about any event that is not previously explained.