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Games of Chance License

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City Consumer and Worker Protection, Department of

A Games of Chance License is required to run 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. Only bona fide religious and charitable organizations and bona fide organizations of veterans or volunteer firefighters can get a Games of Chance license.

These games fall into three general categories:

  1. Las Vegas Nights (Casino Nights): Casino-type games—for example, roulette, craps, blackjack, money wheels, bang—played at carnivals, festivals, or similar events.
  2. Bell Jars: Games in which a participant draws a card from a suitable container, typically a jar, or New York State Gaming Commission-approved vending machine that contains 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. Bell jars include “coin boards,” “merchandise boards,” and “seal cards.”
  3. Raffles: 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./li>

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


NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP)

Address
Licensing Center
42 Broadway, Lobby
New York, NY 10004

For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Games of Chance License

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