If your ministry is considering hosting a bingo night, for example, your ministry may need to register as a bingo hall. Ministry leaders also should clearly prohibit any side betting. Such activities often constitute illegal gambling.
Before hosting any type of promotion, be sure to talk to a local attorney to help develop a set of rules that meets state and federal guidelines.
Most states require sweepstakes and contests to have an official set of rules. Provide a copy of the rules to every person who enters your promotion. You also should post the rules in an easy-to-find location for all to view at any time.
Official rules should include the following information:
Other important provisions that you might add to the official rules of your ministry’s promotion are a “no purchase necessary” statement and the location where the list of winner’s names will be displayed. If your ministry will be incorporating a social networking site into its promotion, also consider the promotion guidelines of the social network you are using.
Before hosting any type of promotion, be sure to talk to a local attorney to help develop a set of rules that meets state and federal guidelines and ensure that your ministry’s promotion complies with applicable law.
For further information about ministry-sponsored promotions check out the following resources:
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