October 28, 2019

Underage Participants in Fundraising Lotteries Gets The Green Light From Nevada Regulator

Underage Participants in Fundraising Lotteries Gets The Green Light From Nevada Regulator

The Nevada Gaming Commission has agreed to let youths less than 18 years of age to partake in fundraising lotteries, as long as there are no cash prizes involved.

Commissioners have decided to implement some changes to regulations involving charitable lotteries and games based on a law passed in May the vote in favor of underage participation was undisputed.

Controversial Issue

Allowing underage youth to partake in lottery games was not an easy decision. In fact it became controversial. During the initial drafting process, a number of prominent organizations expressed concerns that the wording used in the regulation would end up harming their youth conservation efforts.

Groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and Nevada Bighorns Unlimited came forward saying they feared a broad interpretation of the rules would prevent young people from selling tickets for fundraising and restrict them from partaking in programs made by the sponsoring organizations.

The organizations and the gaming commission reached a compromise: the Nevada Gaming Commission would decide to prohibit young people only from taking part in charitable lottery events where a cash prize was involved.

Details of the Regulation

The new regulations indicate that organizations need to be registered in order to run a lottery. Instruction is also provided on how they could limit sales in Nevada and verify the non-participation of individuals aged 18 years old and below. Anyone under 21 years of age will not be allowed to join in charitable games events featuring blackjack, poker, or bingo.

The establishment of a minimum age limit for charitable lotteries did not receive any opposition from representatives of the National Center for Responsible Gaming. But, the Nevada Gaming Commission was advised to refrain from going lower than 18 because of problem gambling concerns.

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