Sports teams have embraced game raffles as a way to enrich both fans and local charities, but government regulations are starting to get in the way.
"With each new sports season, more teams are latching on to the raffle game. Football's Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills went live last season, joining several other clubs. The latest baseball franchises to go that route are the Twins and St. Louis Cardinals. The tickets can be found in basketball arenas and pro hockey rinks. Even some collegiate stadiums are adding the feature, such as Michigan State. But as the games spread, teams and their allied charities are encountering government bureaucracies. In Minnesota, one charity brought on a pair of lobbyists this month to help obtain gambling licenses to pave the way for the high-tech Twins games. The team waded into the raffle last year on a limited basis and is now selling tickets at almost every home game." -- Mike Cronin, Associated Press via the Deseret News