A stack of four green hard-back legal books atop a dark gray wooden desk. Atop the books is a golden scale.

Is the NCAE complying with North Carolina’s raffle statute?

I think it is silly that North Carolina has a raffle statute, but I don’t make the rules.

According to state law (§14-309.15), “A nonprofit organization may hold no more than four raffles per year.”  If the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) holds a raffle at each stop of its “We Heart Public Schools” RV tour, does that count as one raffle or multiple ones?  I would argue that it counts as multiple raffles, as winners are picked at each stop rather than once after the tour.

In the photo from the New Hanover stop, for example, NCAE selected six winners that day.  Presumably, that raffle concludes when the NCAE staffer selects those winners.  The next stop would constitute an entirely new raffle.

Terry Stoops / Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...