This question is subjective in nature. It also can often be open to interpretation. Individual states, counties, and/or jurisdictions can often have their own set of rules and regulations. Furthermore, these rules and regulations are constantly in flux. Similar to an AG's (Attorney General's/Department of Justice) office, we cannot provide legal advice directly. One thing we can say is that raffles are regulated, and for good reason. This is done in an effort to protect the general public. We here at RafflesNow appreciate and respect that, as we are all for ensuring that fundraising via the use of raffling is held to the highest standard.
We want to make on thing clear. This falls under "Charitable Gaming." Charitable Gaming is an official term, and an important term. It is important to note that this is not "Gambling" nor a "Lottery. Every US state has a reference to this now online. If desired, one can simply perform a web search on this in association with their individual state to learn more. Please note that world-wide views may differ.
"Law Insider" offers detailed description about this term. Here is the link: www.lawinsider.com/dictionary/charitable-gaming
As mentioned in the who can host and/or setup a raffle question, to do so you must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit / charitable based organization. Additionally there are a number of other organizations that can as well such a schools, churches, and various other organizations as they have been grandfathered.
As always, there are specific rules and legal requirements for online raffles and we strongly encourage the organization to check the rules federally, as well as within their state and/or county when hosting fundraising based raffles. The rules vary by your location. and can change frequently....often they even change for the better as raffling is becoming much more widely accepted. The RafflesNow App uses "Location Services" to identify which state you are in and will automatically determine if you are in a RAFFLE FRIENDLY state or not. If the app determines that you are, you will be able to continue on and host your configured raffle. If the app determines that you are not, the app will not allow you to finalize the hosting of your raffle.
In closing, our role here at RafflesNow is to provide a robust, feature-rich, experience-like fundraising platform that is application based. We do not manage your fundraiser nor provide any legal advice. We always suggest you consult with an attorney and/or the state's local gaming authority regarding the current proper rules for your fundraiser.