South Carolina makes a push to legalize charitable raffles - DatelineCarolina

South Carolina finally allowing charity raffles

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Courtney Morrow is the founder of the organization at USC and looks for anything that will benefit the them. Courtney Morrow is the founder of the organization at USC and looks for anything that will benefit the them.
Jerica Knox is the treasuer of the organization and tries to find ways to raise money for the charity. Jerica Knox is the treasuer of the organization and tries to find ways to raise money for the charity.

 By: George Copsis

Charitable organizations in South Carolina will be able to raise money with raffles once the final signatures are put on the constitutional ammendment passed by voters last year.  The South Carolina House and Senate have both now ratified the amendment.

Raffles have been illegal in South Carolina under gambling laws but non-profit groups have argued this unfairly limits their ability to raise funds.  Voters agreed last year.  

Non-profit groups will have to register their raffle with the state if the prize is worth more than $500 the amount collected is more than $951.  Groups offering prizes worth less in raffles that collect under $950 don't have to register.  Organizations may not conduct more than one raffle a week.

The organization Together We Rise, ran into some troubles here in Columbia. The organization helps foster children all over the United States.

The organization at USC was founded by student Courtney Morrow. She says she cares strongly about the work the group does because ten out of her fifteen siblings were adopted out of the foster care system.

Courtney wants these children to feel comfortable and wanted.

"The biggest struggle that children in the system have is the inconsistency. I'm trying to find a place to stay where you feel wanted," said Morrow.

TWR had a raffle to win a senior picture photo shoot. The group's treasurer, Jerica Knox, said she didn't know the raffle was illegal until they were ordered to stop.  Knox says they were counting on the $300 the raffle would have brought in. 

 Knox is confident the new law will help the organization provide more opportunities with to help foster kids around Columbia.

"We want to be able to do that. Just being able to tell them no I'm sorry, we won't be able to host the party this year, or provide you with the things we did last year," said Knox.

Once final signatures are put on the ratification charities can start holding raffles in 30 days.

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