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Raffles Could Finally Become Legal In S.C.

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Screen capture of raffle tickets. (Credit: Staples.com)

Screen capture of raffle tickets. (Credit: Staples.com)

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The prospect of legal raffles in South Carolina has leaped forward.

The Senate took back-to-back 38-1 votes Thursday on measures enabling nonprofits to hold a limited number of raffles yearly.

One measure would ask voters on 2014 ballots whether the constitution should be changed to allow raffles. The other outlines how a legal raffle could be run and regulated.

If voters approve the change, the law would take effect in 2015. The measures require another vote in the Senate before heading to the House.

Raffles are held regularly across the state anyway. But enforcement of the ban is selective.

Previous efforts to make raffles legal have failed as gambling opponents feared the unintended consequences. But those opponents have signed off on the latest version.

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