Gambling, lotteries, raffles
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Overview of gambling
Gambling, with only a few exceptions, is illegal in Missouri. Those exceptions are restricted and highly regulated.
There are many types of gambling. Promotions that award prizes may be called contests, sweepstakes, lotteries, raffles, drawings or games. It is important to know the law and to understand what elements make a promotion illegal.
Three elements make up an illegal promotion:
- Prize is any benefit, cash or property awarded to a winner.
- Chance means the winner is chosen by “luck” with little or no skill or ability involved.
- Consideration is the exchange of something of value for the opportunity to participate in the game.
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