Gaming Events & Raffles

Gaming events and raffles fall under the State of Michigan’s Charitable Gaming law. For all gaming events, the group hosting the event must take full responsibility for gaming coordination, the license application procedure and qualification materials, any equipment vendors involved and enforcing all applicable laws and directives. For the complete set of guidelines, please visit the Michigan Charitable Gaming Division website.

Bingo & Casino Events

  • If the event is charging an admission fee or prizes are awarded to competitors based on their performance, a state license must be secured from the Charitable Gaming Division of the Michigan State Lottery.
  • Most “Casino Night” type events will require a “Millionaire Party” license. Only those groups which are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are eligible. Allow a minimum of six weeks for the qualification process. If the license is not received by the event date, all admission charges will need to be refunded to participants.
  • For additional guidelines, including the application and procedures, please visit the Michigan Charitable Gaming Division.

Card Tournaments

All card games are considered gambling under state law and require a casino-type license if prizes of financial value are awarded or admission charges are involved.


Raffles are a game of chance where raffle tickets are sold, a winner(s) is determined by randomly drawing a ticket stub from a container, and a prize is awarded. Almost all raffles need to be licensed. If your organization is holding a 50-50 or a “drawing for a door prize,” these are raffles and should be licensed. If you are not sure if what you want to do is a raffle, contact the Michigan Charitable Gaming Division.

Allow at least 6 weeks for the processing of applications or a change request to a license. Applications and requests to change a license are processed in the order they are received. First-time applicants must allow additional time for the qualification process.

Other Games of Skill

It is acceptable to award prizes without the need for a state license for other types of “games of skill” (ex. Trivia, chess, billiards).