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Delozier’s Small Games of Chance Bill Approved By House Gaming Oversight Committee
HARRISBURG — Legislation that would update the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), was approved by the House Gaming Oversight Committee today.

“The Small Games of Chance Act has not been updated since 1988,” said Delozier. “Because of this now- outdated law, which contains low payout awards, each year non-profit civic and service organizations struggle to raise funds to finance their operating expenses or upgrade their equipment. The General Assembly has an obligation to revise the law to ensure it remains consistent now and in the future.”

House Bill 169 would increase limits for prize payouts from $500 to $1,000 for daily drawings, from $5,000 to $30,000 for weekly drawings and from $5,000 to $10,000 for raffles per calendar month.

While most of the proceeds raised by these organizations would be distributed for public interest purposes such as sponsoring youth sports, refurbishing local parks, or giving out grants and scholarships to local students, Delozier’s legislation allows these organizations to use a small portion of the money raised to help sustain capital projects like fixing a roof or heating system.

“Our local non-profits give back to our communities in tremendous ways,” Delozier said. “We need to applaud the members of these organizations for their dedication and commitment, not impede their ability to help others.”

In addition to adjusting the current statutes surrounding small games of chance, House Bill 169 also sets stricter enforcement measures and penalties for organizations that do not comply with the regulations.

Delozier also noted that organizations statewide such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the governor, and state legislators from both sides of the aisle have expressed support for the legislation.

“This is not a partisan issue,” Delozier said. “The General Assembly has an obligation to ensure our communities have the resources necessary to provide assistance to local communities and residents especially at a time when there is less money available from all levels of government.”

House Bill 169 now goes to the full House for consideration.

State Representative Sheryl Delozier
88th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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