Charitable Gaming in Illinois

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Charitable gaming refers to bingos, raffles, and a variety of other games of chance being conducted for charitable purposes. This guide contains information about charitable gaming in Illinois.

Illinois Bingo License

Game Type:

Bingo

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Organization Age Requirement:

5 years of continuous existence in Illinois.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Prize Limits:

The maximum prize for a single game of bingo is $500. Not more than $2,250 can be awarded in a single day of bingo.

Notes:

Limited bingo licenses allow an organization to host 2 bingo events over the course of a calendar year.

Initial Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form:

Form RB-3: Application for Bingo License

Agency fee:

$200 for a regular bingo license or $50 for a limited license.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form:

Form RB-3: Application for Bingo License (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$50 for a limited bingo license or $200 for a regular bingo license.

Due:

Annually

Notes:

Organizations must also submit Form RB-32: Expenditure of Funds Earned Through Bingo when renewing.

Illinois Charitable Gaming Licenses

Game Type:

Various games of chance

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Initial Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form:

Form RCG-1: Application for Charitable Games License

Agency fee:

$400

Registration Renewal

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form:

Form RCG-1: Application for Charitable Games License (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$400

Due:

Biennially

Notes:

Organizations must also submit Form RCG-25: Expenditure of Funds Earned Through Charitable Games when renewing.

Illinois Pull Tabs and Jar Games License

Game Type:

Pull-tabs

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Notes:

Limited pull-tab licenses allow an organization to host 2 pull-tab events over the course of a calendar year.

Initial Registration

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form:

Form PT-6: Application for Pull Tabs and Jar Games License

Agency fee:

$500 for a regular license, $50 for a limited license, and $0 for a special license.

Registration Renewal

Agency:Illinois Department of Revenue
Form:

Form PT-6: Application for Pull Tabs and Jar Games License (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$500 for a regular license, $50 for a limited license, and $0 for a special license.

Due:

Annually

Illinois Raffle License

Not required



Raffle licenses are issued at the county or municipal level.

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