Gambling & Raffle Permits

The state of Minnesota’s Gambling Control Board is the licensing authority for all gambling activity in the state, but some gambling activities need local government approval prior to being submitted to the Gambling Control Board. Please visit the Gambling Control Board’s website at: http://www.gcb.state.mn.us for more information on lawful gambling.

Fundraising Permit to Conduct Raffles, Bingo, Pull-tabs, Tipboards, and/or Paddlewheels

If you are a non-profit organization and are planning on having a raffle, bingo, pull-tabs, tipboards, and/or paddlewheels, you will be required to apply for an EXEMPT PERMIT (Form LG220) if the total value of ALL prizes (donated and purchased) for this CALENDAR YEAR is less than $50,000. This permit is submitted to the Gambling Control Board, but must have local government approval prior to submitting it to them.

Local Government Approval Process – In order to get local government approval, please submit the following items to the City of Medina:

  • Completed LG220 Form
  • Check for $100 made out to the State of Minnesota
  • Check for $10 made out to the City of Medina
  • A stamped envelope with the Gambling Control Board’s address on it
  • Any other information you need to mail to the Gambling Control Board (i.e. Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation OR a current Certificate of Good Standing).

Please submit the above items to: City of Medina, Attn: Jodi Gallup, 2052 County Road 24, Medina, MN 55340.  Once the items are received, the request will be considered for approval.  Once it is approved, the city will sign the application under the local unit of government section and mail it to the Gambling Control Board for their approval. The Gambling Control Board requires that the completed application be mailed at least 30 days in advance of the event date, which means it needs to be submitted to the Medina City Council approximately 45-60 days in advance of the event to allow for time for the city’s approval prior to being sent to the Gambling Control Board.