OBJECTIVE #1 -
Elements of gambling, MCCH Ch. 15.2
A. Only state law applies - city ordinances do not regulate
B. All types of gambling are illegal.
1. Only exception is gambling specifically licensed or operated by state (lottery; river boat; racing and bingo).
Must be State license.
C. Gambling uses broadest definition, i.e. If you risk something for value on the outcome of a contest of chance (outcome depends largely on chance) or a future contingent event not under your control - with the understanding you will receive something of value upon outcome - it is gambling.
1. Why are these few things not governed?
a. Radio Station Call In: Not risking something of value - 14th
b. Grocery Store or Gas Station Contest: Do not have to buy anything to enter - no risk.
General Rule: Everything else is gambling. For example, Irish Sweepstakes, but see playing pinball in text notes.
d. Discuss raffles (must be conducted by a charitable organization, i.e., not-for-profit), fantasy baseball leagues