Small Games of Chance License

The Pennsylvania Local Option Small Games of Chance Act

Organizations interested in applying for a Local Option Small Games of Chance License should first become familiar with the Pennsylvania Local Option Small Games of Chance Act.

If properly licensed, certain nonprofit organizations are allowed to authorized small games of chance for the purpose of raising funds promoting charitable or civic purposes.

Small Games of Chance licenses are issued through a County Treasurer’s Office. Each eligible organization must complete and submit an Eligible Organization Games of Chance Application to the county in which the game is to be conducted or the drawing held. If tickets are being sold in counties beyond the event county, the County Treasurer and District Attorney of the other counties must be notified in writing of the organizations intent to sell tickets in their county.  It is suggested you contact the appropriate county for their Small Games of Chance License Application process.

The list of frequently asked questions below can help determine if your non-profit organization qualifies as an “eligible organization”.  Eligible organizations must complete, have notarized and submit an Eligible Organization Games of Chance Application to the County in which the event or drawing is being held.  It is recommended that you consult with your organization’s legal counsel to determine how the Small Games of Chance Act applies to your organization.

The fee for an annual license valid for one year from the date specified $125.00. The fee for a monthly license valid for 30 consecutive days is $25.00 beginning on the date specified.

Non-profit organizations based in Cumberland County seeking additional information on Small Games of Chance licenses may contact the Treasurer’s Office at 717.240.6380 or by email to treasurer@cumberlandccountypa.gov.

SGOC Schedule B - Additional Officer/Directors

SGOC Schedule C - Additional Conductors

PA Dept of Revenue - Small Games Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Memo Regarding Small Games of Chance Online Sales