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Overview of card jackpot games

Page last updated:
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

> What is a card jackpot game?
> Do I require a permit?
> What entry mechanisms are allowed?
> Are there any special terms and conditions?
> Are there any prize restrictions?
> How is the card jackpot game drawn?
> What records do I need to keep?
> Do penalties apply?
> More information
> How much of the proceeds of the raffle need to go to the non-profit organisation?
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I'm running the card jackpot lottery in conjunction with a raffle - do I need additional forms? 

 

What is a card jackpot game?

This is a free entry lottery and usually involves a pack of 52 playing cards plus a joker laying face-down on a board. Participants are given the opportunity to turn over one of the cards for the chance to win a prize.

Card jackpot games are known by many names including "Jokers Wild" and "Wild Card". There are many variations on this theme including the use of different devices and methods for example keys of determining the winner.

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Do I require a permit?

Yes. A card jackpot lottery is a form of trade promotion and must comply with the requirements of a trade promotion lottery. A trade promotion lottery permit application must be lodged, terms and conditions must be provided and a card jackpot game must also be free-entry.

If a lottery is conducted to raise money for a charity, an authority under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 may be required.

PDF Icon Trade promotion lottery permit application (36 kb)

Approvals for permits for trade promotion lotteries can take up to 20 working days for online applications, and up to 25 working days for paper based applications.

Approvals for permits for other types of lotteries and games of chance (eg: Art Unions, Charity Housie, etc) can take up to 20 working days.

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What entry mechanisms are allowed?

Entry into the card jackpot game may be gained by patrons making a bar purchase, purchasing a meal, entering the hotel, playing a gaming machine, or other methods.

In addition to one or more of these methods, entry may be obtained by a patron purchasing a ticket in a raffle that is to be conducted for the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of a certain non-profit organisation that has authorised its conduct.

Please note: that when a card jackpot game is run in conjunction with a raffle, there must be at least one other means of entry not linked to the fundraising raffle.

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Are there any special terms and conditions?

Terms and conditions of entry must be included with your trade promotion lottery permit application. When a trade promotion lottery is conducted in conjunction with a raffle, additional terms and conditions must be developed, published and displayed.

Terms and conditions of entry into the card jackpot game must be displayed at the place where the proposed card jackpot game is to be conducted (for example, on a notice board or similar type of display).

Word Document Terms and conditions of Entry - Form A (36 kb)
Word Document Raffle terms and condition of entry - Form B (18 kb)

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I'm running the card jackpot lottery in conjunction with a raffle - do I need additional forms?

There are three forms that must be lodged with a trade promotion lottery on application when a card jackpot promotion is run in conjunction with a raffle. This includes the terms and conditions of entry (Form A), raffle terms and conditions of entry (Form B) and the declaration (Form C) which acknowledges that none of the proceeds of the raffle will be given or distributed directly or indirectly to the trade or business.

Word Document Terms and conditions of Entry - Form A (36 kb)
Word Document Raffle terms and condition of entry - Form B (18 kb)
Word icon Card jackpot games Declaration - Form C (27kb)

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How much of the proceeds of the raffle need to go to the non-profit organisation?

The net proceeds to the non-profit organisation must be a minimum of 40% of gross proceeds. Only reasonable and proper expenses (in addition to prizes) can be deducted from the gross proceeds of the raffle. No commission or remuneration for services can be payable to any person or organisation or any part of the proceeds from the sale of tickets in the raffle may be used or applied to the provision of prizes or otherwise in the card jackpot game. The gross proceeds must be banked into the account of the benefiting organisation as soon as practicable, preferably within two business days.

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Are there any prize restrictions?

There are no money prize restrictions if the card jackpot game is to promote a trade or business.

When a fundraising raffle is conducted in conjunction with a trade promotion lottery, prize restrictions apply - you cannot give away a cash prize of more than $25,000 and the total value of prizes is restricted to $25,000.

There are other prizes that are also prohibited under the Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901.

The following are prohibited as a prize:

Tickets for liquor prizes cannot be sold by or to a person under 18. Also, a person under 18 cannot give or collect a liquor prize.

Read more about money prizes and prohibited prizes.

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How is the card jackpot game drawn?

If a card jackpot game is conducted to promote a trade or business, the draw must be undertaken in a place which the public may attend and in accordance with the information provided to patrons. The winning name or number of the successful entrant must be audibly and clearly announced so that all patrons who have a ticket in the draw have the opportunity of hearing the announcement. If the successful entrant fails to present themselves within a minimum of 4 minutes of the announcement, a further draw may take place.

The successful entrant will have the opportunity to select from a deck of cards which are turned face down on a board. The prize is won if the successful entrant selects the joker card. If the joker is not selected, the prize jackpots to the following week and the person authorised to conduct the trade promotion lottery will turn over the joker in the presence of patrons attending the draw.

When a prize is carried over from the previous draw, the same pack of cards must be used from the non-winning draw and the non-winning cards must be removed. The position of the cards on the game board will be reshuffled and the joker must always be part of the set of cards on the game board.

On the final date (the date shown on the authorising permit) of the trade promotion lottery, the prize must be won. A draw must be conducted of entrants continuously until a successful entrant selects the joker and the prize is awarded.

All this information should be made available to participants in the terms and conditions.

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What records do I need to keep?

All entry forms and other records must be retained for at least three months. If the card jackpot game is conducted with a fundraising raffle, additional records must be kept such as ticket sales, gross income, expenses and profit relating to the raffle.

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Do penalties apply?

Yes. There are penalties for conducting a lottery contrary to requirements, including:

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PDF Icon Card Jackpot Game Guidelines