Small Games of Chance Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk, Tobash Says
HARRISBURG — Legislation to amend the current Small Games of Chance law, allowing for nonprofit associations to raise revenues to support their community and maintain their organizations, was approved in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and has been sent to the governor to be signed into law, said Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks), who voted in favor of the bill.

House Bill 169 will update the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act and allow for increased limits for prize payouts. The update to the Small Games of Chance was needed, as the limits have not been changed since 1988, Tobash said.

“This legislation will go a long way when it comes to helping nonprofit organizations, such as volunteer fire and ambulance groups, and other civic associations raise the money that they need to keep doing the great work they do in our communities,” said Tobash.

Small games of chance are used by charitable organizations to raise funds to pay for equipment, training or to assist those in the local community. These groups help community residents by sponsoring youth sports, refurbishing local parks, and awarding grants and scholarships to our students.

Under House Bill 169, the limits for prize payouts will increase from $500 to $1,000 for daily drawings, from $5,000 to $25,000 for weekly drawings and from $5,000 to $10,000 for raffles every month. Additionally, 70 percent of the money raised by the organizations will be distributed for public interest purposes, and 30 percent of the money raised will be used by the organizations to sustain their operating expenses.

For more information on House Bill 169, or any other state legislation, please contact Tobash’s district office at 988 East Main St., Suite A, Schuylkill Haven, or by calling 570-385-8235.

State Representative Mike Tobash
125th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Krisinda Corbin