2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
January 27, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Kuglitsch, Tittl, August,
Ballweg, Czaja, Gannon, Knodl, Knudson, T. Larson, Mursau, Ohnstad,
Quinn, Ripp, Rohrkaste, Katsma, Skowronski, Steffen, Vorpagel,
Weatherston and Kahl, cosponsored by Senators LeMahieu,
Olsen, Petrowski and Wirch. Referred to Committee on State Affairs and
1An Act to repeal
563.03 (4p), 563.04 (11), 563.04 (14), 563.905 (title), 563.905 2
(intro.), 563.908 (1), 563.908 (2), 563.909, 563.93 (2), 563.93 (2m), 563.93 (4) (b), 3
563.93 (8), 563.935 (3), 563.935 (10), 563.98 (1) (e), 563.98 (1c) and 563.98 (1m); 4to renumber
563.907; to renumber and amend
563.905 (1), 563.905 (2), 5
563.908 (intro.), 563.93 (1), 563.93 (1s), 563.93 (3), 563.93 (4) (a), 563.93 (4m), 6
563.93 (5), 563.93 (6), 563.93 (7), 563.93 (9), 563.935 (6) and 563.97;
563.02 (1), 563.03 (4e), 563.03 (4m), 563.03 (5r), 563.03 (11), 563.03 (12r), 8
563.04 (2), 563.04 (3), 563.05 (2), 563.05 (3), 563.05 (4), 563.10, 563.91, 563.92 9
(2), 563.92 (4), 563.935 (1), 563.935 (4), 563.935 (5), 563.935 (9), 563.94, 563.95, 10
563.98 (1) (intro.), 563.98 (1) (f), 563.98 (1g), 563.98 (2) and 945.01 (3) (b) 1.; to
11repeal and recreate
563.05 (title) and 563.92 (1m); and to create
563.02 (1m), 12
563.03 (10m), 563.03 (14w), 563.03 (17), 563.05 (4m), 563.925, 563.93 (2g) 13
(intro.), (a), (b), (g) and (h), 563.93 (2r), 563.93 (3e), 563.93 (3i), 563.93 (3m),
563.935 (1m), 563.935 (6) (b), 563.935 (6) (c), 563.97 (2) and 563.98 (1e) of the 2
statutes; relating to: the regulation of raffles.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a not-for-profit, religious, charitable, service, fraternal, or
veterans organization that serves a geographic area that is limited to Wisconsin and
that has existed for at least one year or is chartered by a state or national
organization that has existed for at least three years may obtain a license to conduct
Under rules promulgated by the Department of Administration (DOA), an
organization with a Class A raffle license may conduct single-event raffles or a
calendar raffle. Current law defines a calendar raffle as a raffle for which a drawing
is held and a prize awarded on each date specified in a calendar. This bill defines a
single-event raffle to be a raffle for which one or more drawings from a single
container are held and one or more prizes are awarded on one date and at one
location. Under current law, an organization with a Class B raffle license may
conduct raffles in which more than one drawing may be made from more than one
container, each container is specific to a prize or group of prizes, and ticket
purchasers place their tickets in the containers of their choice.
Current law allows two types of raffles to be conducted: (1) a game of chance
for which tickets or calendars are sold and a drawing for prizes is held and (2) a game
of chance for which a different method is used to determine a winner (alternate raffle)
that has been approved by DOA. Current law requires any alternate raffle approved
by DOA to be based on the winner being determined by random selection with all
participants having an equal opportunity to win.
Under current law, an organization that holds a Class A or Class B raffle license
may apply to DOA to conduct an alternate raffle. DOA may not issue a license for
an alternate raffle unless it determines that the raffle will comply with all
requirements under the statute and applicable rules. Current law requires DOA to
approve a license for an alternate raffle that consists of flexible plastic or rubber
ducks being used in a race (duck race) and to establish requirements for conducting
a duck race so that it will comply with all requirements under the statute and
This bill removes DOA's authority to approve an alternate raffle. Instead, this
bill authorizes raffles that involve either of two types of drawings: (1) a drawing in
which a winner is determined by random selection of a ticket or calendar portion from
a container housing all portions of tickets or calendars purchased for the selection
and (2) a drawing in which the winner is determined by a duck race. Under this bill,
a raffle may not be conducted unless any winner in a raffle is determined by a
drawing with all tickets or calendars having an equal opportunity to win.
Under current law, a Class A licensee may charge up to $500 for a raffle ticket
and up to $10 for each month covered by a calendar raffle. Under a Class B raffle,
current law allows tickets to be sold for no more than $10 each. This bill removes all
limits on the prices of raffle tickets and calendars.
Under current law, an organization with a raffle license may conduct no more
than 200 raffles in a 12-month period. This bill increases this maximum to 365
Under current law, an organization with a Class B raffle license may sell tickets
for a raffle drawing only on the day of the drawing or within 24 hours immediately
preceding the start of the drawing. Under this bill, a Class B licensee may sell tickets
before the day of a drawing if the tickets are not delivered to purchasers until the day
of the drawing.
Under current law, a Class A licensee may sell raffle tickets up to 270 days
before the day of a raffle drawing, except that an organization that existed five years
before obtaining a Class A license may sell raffle tickets up to one year before the day
of the drawing. This bill extends this period to one year for all Class A licensees.
Current law allows a Class A licensee to sell equal shares of a single ticket to
one or more purchasers. This bill allows this only if certain requirements are met,
including that not more than four shares of a single ticket be sold and that no
discount be offered to the purchaser of more than one share of a ticket.
Current law requires DOA to promulgate rules relating to the conduct of raffles.
This bill removes that authority.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
563.02 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
All phases of the conduct of bingo and raffles
, except bingo games 3
using free cards and donated prizes for which no payment of consideration is made 4
by participants, should be closely controlled by appropriate laws and rules,
should be strictly and
uniformly enforced throughout this state.
563.02 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
All phases of the conduct of raffles should be closely controlled by 8
appropriate laws, which should be uniformly enforced throughout this state.
563.03 (4e) of the statutes is amended to read:
"Calendar" means a tabular register of days covering not less than 2
one nor more than 12 calendar months that is used or intended to be used for a 3entitles the purchaser to one entry in each drawing in a
563.03 (4m) of the statutes is amended to read:
"Calendar raffle" means a raffle for which a drawing is held and 6
a prize awarded on each date specified in a calendar as a date upon which a prize will
563.03 (4p) of the statutes is repealed.
563.03 (5r) of the statutes is amended to read:
"Drawing" means a method of random any of the following methods
11for determining a winner of a game of chance:
selection of a raffle
ticket portion or calendar portion
from a 13
container housing portions of
tickets or calendars
purchased for the raffle,
selection used to determine a winner; determination of a winner in a .
plastic or rubber duck race; or any other method that is used to determine
16a winner and that is approved by the department under s. 563.909
563.03 (10m) of the statutes is created to read:
"Multiple-container raffle" means a raffle to which all of the 19
(a) One or more drawings are held and one or more prizes are awarded on the 21
same date and at the same location.
(b) A drawing for each prize or group of prizes is made from a container specific 23
to each prize or group of prizes.
(c) The ticket purchaser places his or her ticket in the container of his or her 25
563.03 (11) of the statutes is amended to read:
"Premises" means any room, hall, enclosure, tent, or outdoor area 3
in which bingo is being played or a raffle drawing is being held
563.03 (12r) of the statutes is amended to read:
" means a game as described under s. 563.908 (1) or
6a plastic or rubber duck race or other game of chance that has been approved by the
7department under s. 563.909 a game of chance for which tickets or calendars are sold
8and one or more drawings for prizes are held
563.03 (14w) of the statutes is created to read:
"Single-container raffle" means a raffle for which one or more 11
drawings from a single container are held and one or more prizes are awarded on one 12
date and at one location.
563.03 (17) of the statutes is created to read:
"Ticket" means an instrument that entitles the purchaser to one 15
entry in a raffle other than a calendar raffle.
563.04 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
Conduct hearings on the suspension or revocation of a license for 18
violation of this chapter or any applicable
rules promulgated under it.
563.04 (3) of the statutes is amended to read: