Small Games of Chance Update

Changes to Small Games of Chance Act effective January 27, 2014.

On November 27, 2013, Governor Corbett approved an act amending the act of December 19, 1988 (P.L.1262, No.156), known as the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act, further providing for:

  • Definitions and for games of chance permitted
  • Prohibition regarding pools
  • Prize limits and for limited sales
  • Raffle sales
  • Distributor licenses
  • Registration of manufacturers
  • Regulations of department
  • Licensing of eligible organizations to conduct games of chance
  • Special permits and for revocation of licenses
  • Affiliated clubs
  • Enforcement
  • Pool selling.

For more information about the changes, go to the PA Department of Revenue Website

Also see the information on the Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Website.

Changes to Small Games of Chance Reporting Requirements

As of Feb. 1, 2014, eligible organizations (non-club licensees) with proceeds in excess of $2,500 in a year must electronically file an annual report with the Department of Revenue for the preceding calendar year.

Also as of Feb. 1, 2014, club licensees (organizations with liquor licenses that hold licenses to conduct small games of chance) are required to electronically file semi-annual reports with the Department. These reports are due Feb. 1 for the preceding six-month period beginning July 1 and ending Dec. 31, and Aug. 1 for the preceding six-month period beginning Jan. 1 and ending June 30.

For more information, visit the PA Department of Revenue website.

(References: Act 2 and Act 184 of 2012)