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Raffles, Contests, and Sweepstakes

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

General Information

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 page 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 “Understanding the Law” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Understanding the Law: Texas Attorney General Resources

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

Understanding the Law: Federal Trade Commission Resources

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.”

E-Books Available from the State Law Library

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.

Books Available from the 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.