In order to adjust to COVID-19 restrictions, Assemblyman Joseph Egan sponsors a bill that would allow raffles to be held remotely at sporting venues in New Jersey during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The legislation unanimously passed both the Senate and Assembly on Monday.
Under the bill (A-4625/S-2842), tickets could be sold and winners drawn remotely through raffles held via the internet or other electronic means while the current public health emergency or a similar future public health emergency takes place.
Personnel hosting the raffle must receive approval from the large sporting venue the raffle is associated with as well as the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission. Once approved, personnel must be within the sporting venue when selling tickets and drawing the raffle, and the drawing/announcement of winning tickets must take place during the event with which the raffle is associated.
Upon the bill’s passage, Assemblyman Egan (D-Middlesex, Somerset) issued the following joint statement:
“While this pandemic continues, it’s important to find ways for both residents and businesses to safely participate in the activities they once did. With fans unable to attend many athletic events in-person, allowing raffles – including charity fundraising raffles – to be held remotely is one way we can help people enjoy a part of the typical sports experience again.”