Games of Chance License

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Consumer Affairs, Department of City
A Games of Chance License is required for any non-profit organization that will operate games of chance in which prizes are awarded on the basis of a designated winning number(s), color(s), or symbol(s), determined by chance. These games fall into three general categories:
  1. Las Vegas Night (Casino Night): Las Vegas Night games are casino-type games of chance, such as roulette, craps, blackjack, money wheels, bang, and other such games played at carnivals, festivals, or similar events.
  2. Bell Jars: Bell Jar games include "coin boards," "merchandise boards" and "seal cards", are games in which a participant draws a card from a suitable container. Suitable containers typically are jars or New York State Racing and Wagering Board-approved vending machines containing numbers, colors or symbols that, when uncovered, may reveal a prize awarded on the basis of a designated winning number, color or symbol or combination of numbers, colors or symbols.
  3. Raffles: Raffles are games in which a participant pays money in return for a ticket or other receipt, and a prize is awarded on the basis of matching a randomly selected winning number(s), color(s), or symbol(s) designated on the ticket or receipt.
Please note that a Games of Chance License does not authorize a business to operate games commonly known as bingo or lotto; these require separate Lottery Agent or Bingo Game Operator licenses, further information is available at the links below.

The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) issues this license. 

Next: Apply

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP)
Licensing Center
42 Broadway, Lobby
New York,NY10004
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Games of Chance License

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