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City Council Passes Raffle Restrictions in Alton

August 03, 2018 - 8:47 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Concerned about the big crowds and bigger jackpots, a metro east town is taking steps to control the growth of raffle drawings.

The city council this week passed a bill that requires those sponsoring the drawings to obtain a license. To get the license they must be legitimate religious, charitable, business, labor, fraternal, education or veterans organization that's been around at least five years.

According to the Alton Telegraph, the licensees can't be convicted felons, professional gamblers, gambling promoters or “not of good moral character”.

The law also limits raffles with several drawings to one year, and limits the payouts to $1 million.

The ordinance is in response in particular to the Queen of Hearts drawings, which have been generating huge jackpots and drawing huge crowds to small towns.