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Raffles, Contests, and Sweepstakes

Laws and information about raffles, contests, and sweepstakes in Texas.

Research from Home

If you have a library account in good standing, you can check out an OverDrive e-book or access our remote databases. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account from home! Learn more about how to register from home.

Below are some e-books that may help you with your research.

Resources at the Texas State Law Library

Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.

This do-it-yourself guide for starting a business in Texas includes brief information about advertising laws and business promotions.
Chapter V of this guide, written for the advertising executive, focuses on sales promotions and includes information and forms for sweepstakes, contests, and sales incentives. Please note that this title is not Texas specific.

About This Guide

This guide was created in order to provide information about the Texas laws on raffles, contests, and sweepstakes. On this page you'll find links to the laws as well as to other resources that discuss contests, sweepstakes, and raffles in “plain English.”

The Practice Aids tab provides a list of library resources that may be useful to practitioners working on issues related to contests, sweepstakes, and charitable raffles.

Texas Law and Attorney General Opinions

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Business and Commerce Code and the Texas Occupations Code that govern contests, sweepstakes, and charitable raffles. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Explained in "Plain English" by the Texas Attorney General

The Texas Attorney General's consumer protection division publishes articles that help to explain the Texas laws in “plain English.” Below are links related to raffles, lotteries, and sweepstakes.

Explained in "Plain English" by the Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publishes many articles and blog posts on their website related to consumer protection issues. Below are links to some of their articles related to contests, lotteries, and prizes.

Explained in "Plain English" by Other Organizations

Below are links to resources published by private organizations that help explain the law in “plain English.”

Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem [PDF]. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at library@sll.texas.gov.

Important:

The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.