Raffle Application & Licensing

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:  Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), at this time we ask that all Raffle License Applications be mailed in, rather than submitted in person to reduce visits to our county offices.  Applications and fee payment can be sent to:


ATTN: County Administration
County Administrator’s Office
115 E. Washington St., Room 401
Bloomington, IL 61701


If you have a current Raffle License for an event that must be cancelled or postponed, or if you have any questions about your application, please call 309-888-5110.    


Selling Raffle Tickets in McLean County 

The sale or issuance of raffle chances may be conducted within all areas of McLean County, including the Illinois State University campus and property. View the McLean County Ordinance to License and Regulate Raffles (PDF)

Applying for a License

Applicants will need to list the specific areas in which raffle chances will be sold, or issued, under the Operation of Raffle section on page one of the Raffle Application Form (PDF). Please return the completed application to:
ATTN: County Administration
County Administrator’s Office
115 E. Washington St., Room 401
Bloomington, IL 61701

Classes of Licenses Available

Depending on the aggregate retail value of all prizes or merchandise to be awarded, you will need to apply for a Class A, B, C, or D license. Associated fees are as follows.

Classes of Licenses Table
Type of License Aggregate Retail Value of Prizes & Merchandise Fee
Class A Less than $100 Free
Class A $101 - $1,000 $10
Class B $1,001 - $20,000 $25
Class C $20,001 - $50,000 $50
Class C $50,001 - $100,000 $100
Class C $100,001 - $150,000 $150
Class C $150,001 - $200,000 $200
Class D $200,001 - $300,000 $500

Please note: No Class B, C, or D licenses will be issued until the applying organization's raffle manager has first obtained a fidelity bond pursuant to Section 24.67-1 of the County Ordinance.

Be advised that all applications for Class C and Class D raffle licenses must be approved by a McLean County Board Committee that meets only once a month. It is recommended that your application be submitted to the County Administrator's Office at least 30 days in advance of your raffle, so that it may be timely placed on the committee agenda. Checks or money orders should be made out to the McLean County Treasurer.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please call the County Administrator's Office at (309) 888-5110.