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SC voters to decide whether to legalize raffles

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Voters will decide next year whether church cake walks and school raffles will finally become legal in South Carolina.

Schools, churches and other nonprofits could hold a limited number of raffles yearly under measures approved by the Legislature earlier this month.

The resolution that puts the question on November 2014 ballots needs no action by Gov. Nikki Haley. A separate measure awaiting her decision lays out how state law would regulate raffles, if voters approve. A signing ceremony last Thursday sent the legislation to her desk.

Currently, the only legal raffle in South Carolina is the state lottery. The state is among just four nationwide where raffles are illegal.

Raffles are held regularly across the state anyway. But enforcement of the ban depends largely on whether someone complains to police.


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