TITLE XXIV
GAMES, AMUSEMENTS, AND ATHLETIC EXHIBITIONS

Chapter 287-D
GAMES OF CHANCE

Section 287-D:1

    287-D:1 Definitions. –
In this chapter:
I. "Applicant" means an individual applying for a license under this chapter.
II. "Bona fide member" means a person who has held full and regular membership in the charitable organization for a period of not less than 60 days immediately prior to the games of chance in which such person intends to participate. To qualify as a bona fide member of a charitable organization, a person shall:
(a) Satisfy all criteria for membership in the charitable organization.
(b) Pay all lawful fees or dues required by the charitable organization.
(c) Not have become a member solely for the purpose of operating games of chance.
III. "Games of chance" means any game involving gambling as defined by RSA 647:2, II, or any lottery prohibited by RSA 647:1, but shall not include any game involving the use of a slot machine or any other device in the nature of a slot machine, 50/50 raffles as defined in RSA 287-A:1, III, or ice-out contests as defined in RSA 287-D:1, VI.
IV. (a) "Charitable organization" means any bona fide religious, charitable, civic, veterans', or fraternal or church organization, including police and firemen's organizations and houses of worship which shall have been registered with the secretary of state for at least one year, and in existence and organized under the laws of this state for at least one year in a town or city in this state. To be eligible for licensure under this chapter, a charitable organization shall do all of the following:
(1) Document that the organization has tax exempt status under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(7), 501(c)(8), 501(c)(10), or 501(c)(19) or is covered under a group ruling issued by the Internal Revenue Service under the authority of those sections.
(2) Establish that the religious, civic, fraternal, veterans, or charitable purposes for which it was organized, other than charitable gambling, are furthered through activities conducted in the town or city in which the charitable organization is organized.
(3) Document registration with the secretary of state for at least one year and, if required under RSA 7:19-32-a, with the director of charitable trusts.
(4) Maintain a current list of bona fide members.
(b) A charitable organization shall not include auxiliary units, committees, or other entities organized under the auspices of a charitable organization eligible for licensure under this chapter, when such auxiliary unit, committee, or other entity is organized for the primary purpose of conducting games of chance.
V. "Commission" means the lottery commission established under RSA 284:6-a.
VI. "Ice-out contest" means a contest conducted by a charitable organization whereby a marker is placed on a frozen lake and the person most closely estimating the day and time the marker falls through the ice wins 1/2 the contest proceeds collected by the charitable organization.
VII. "Game operator" means a primary game operator or a secondary game operator.
VIII. "Game operator employer" means a primary game operator or a business entity who employs, supervises, and controls game operators and who is hired by a charitable organization to operate games of chance on its behalf. The owner of 10 percent or more of the entity, partner, managing member, or chief executive of a business entity who serves as a game operator employer must be licensed as a primary game operator.
IX. "Gaming equipment" means a collective reference to table game devices and their associated equipment.
X. "Primary game operator" means any person other than a bona fide member of the charitable organization, involved in conducting, managing, supervising, directing, or running games of chance.
XI. "Secondary game operator" means any person other than a bona fide member of the charitable organization, involved in dealing, running a roulette wheel, handling chips, or providing accounting services or security functions.
XII. "Wager" means a monetary agreement between 2 or more persons that a sum of money or other valuable thing shall be paid to one of them on the happening or not happening of an uncertain event. Wager may be used synonymously with the term "bet."

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015. 2021, 174:2, eff. Sept. 28, 2021.

Section 287-D:2

    287-D:2 Enforcement. – The lottery commission, with the assistance of the attorney general and the chief of police of any city or town where games of chance are held, shall administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:3

    287-D:3 Rulemaking. –
The lottery commission shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:
I. The application procedure for games of chance licenses for charitable organizations.
II. Information to be required on license applications for games of chance licenses for charitable organizations.
III. The application procedure for games of chance licenses for game operators.
IV. Information to be required on license applications for games of chance licenses for game operators.
V. Procedures for a hearing following revocation or denial of any license issued pursuant to this chapter.
VI. The operation of games of chance.
VII. The rental or lease of facilities and the leasing or purchasing of equipment for use in games of chance.
VIII. Accountability controls to ensure game integrity, including, but not limited to, cash, attendance, prizes, income, expense and financial reporting, and recordkeeping to be implemented by licensed charitable organizations and licensed game operators in addition to requirements set forth in RSA 287-D:22.
IX. Enforcement of this chapter pursuant to RSA 287-D:23 and RSA 287-D:24.
X. Background and criminal records checks pursuant to RSA 287-D:11 and RSA 287-D:12.
XI. The issuance of subpoenas pursuant to RSA 287-D:25.
XII. Administrative orders and fines pursuant to RSA 287-D:23.
XIII. Badge specifications, requirements, and fees pursuant to RSA 287-D:9, RSA 287-D:10, and RSA 287-D:13.
XIV. License applications pursuant to RSA 287-D:5 through RSA 287-D:10.
XV. Surveillance requirements pursuant to RSA 287-D:15.
XVI. Gambling machine investigation and enforcement under RSA 287-D:28.
XVII. Other matters related to the proper administration of this chapter.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:4

    287-D:4 Games of Chance Authorized. –
I. A charitable organization may conduct games of chance to promote the purpose for which it was organized, and shall be licensed as provided in this chapter.
II. The license shall authorize games of chance of a specified type on specified dates at specified times and at a specified location including agricultural fairs and other locations where nonprofit fundraising activities are conducted.
III. No license shall be transferable.
IV. No person shall be a party to, engage in, or supervise others in the operation of games of chance in any capacity, unless that person is licensed under this chapter.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:5

    287-D:5 License Applications; General Requirements and Process. –
I. All license applications shall be made on the forms supplied by the lottery commission and shall be submitted to the lottery commission by the individual applicant or an officer, director, or duly authorized official of the entity seeking a license.
II. Proof of authority to submit the application on behalf of the entity may be required by the lottery commission.
III. The applicant shall provide written notice of an application submission to the chief of police of each city or town where games of chance are held.
IV. All applications shall include:
(a) The type of license for which applied.
(b) The name, address, and telephone number of the applicant.
(c) A criminal history record release form, as provided by the New Hampshire division of state police, department of safety, which authorizes the release of his or her criminal history record, if any, to the lottery commission.
(d) A complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency or an authorized employee of the department of safety. In the event that the first set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, a second set of fingerprints shall be necessary in order to complete the criminal history records check.
(e) The requisite fee for each license.
(f) The requisite fee for the criminal records check and the fingerprint check as established by the department of safety.
(g) Certification by the applicant under oath that the information provided on the application is accurate.
(h) Certification under oath that the applicant has not, in any jurisdiction, been convicted of a felony within the previous 10 years which has not been annulled by a court, or a misdemeanor involving falsehood or dishonesty within the previous 5 years which has not been annulled by a court, nor violated the statutes or rules governing charitable gambling.
V. Incomplete applications shall be returned to the applicant for completion.
VI. Applicants for facilities and game operator employer licenses shall comply with the provisions of RSA 287-D:12.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015. 2018, 318:14, eff. Aug. 24, 2018.

Section 287-D:6

    287-D:6 Charitable Organization License Application; Specific Requirements. –
I. In addition to the general requirements under RSA 287-D:5, a charitable organization license application shall include, at a minimum, the following information provided that the lottery commission may, by rule, establish additional items to be submitted on the application form or attached to it:
(a) The name of each bona fide member of the charitable organization who will participate in the operation of the games of chance who shall comply with the provisions of RSA 287-D:5.
(b) A list of the names and addresses of the current bona fide members of the charity.
(c) The name of the financial institution with at least one branch in New Hampshire and the corresponding bank account number for the account in which money from the game of chance will be deposited and withdrawn.
(d) If known, the date or dates and location or locations of each game of chance to be sponsored by the charity.
(e) The identity of the licensed primary game operator who will operate the games of chance for the charity, if applicable.
(f) The identity of the licensed facility at which the proposed games will be held, if applicable.
(g) The identity of the licensed game equipment dealer from whom the charitable organization is buying or renting any equipment, if applicable.
(h) Documentation of exemption from federal income tax.
(i) Proof that the religious, civic, fraternal, veterans', or charitable purposes for which it was organized, other than charitable gambling, are furthered through activities conducted in the state.
(j) Documentation of registration with the director of charitable trusts, if required under RSA 7:19 through RSA 7:32.
II. Applications shall be received by the lottery commission no fewer than 60 days before the first game date of the year. This requirement may be waived by the lottery commission for good cause shown.
III. In addition to the certifications under RSA 287-D:5, the applicant shall certify under oath that:
(a) Only bona fide members of the charitable organization or persons complying with the requirements of RSA 287-D:14, III, will operate the games of chance.
(b) The applicant or any member of the charitable organization who will be participating in the operation of the games of chance is aware of all statutes and rules applicable to the operation of games of chance.
IV. Only one license shall be issued to each applicant per year to operate games of chance for 10 days, which 10 days need not be consecutive.
V. Licenses shall expire on December 31.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015. 2018, 239:3, eff. Aug. 11, 2018. 2021, 100:1, eff. July 1, 2021; 174:1, eff. Sept. 28, 2021.

Section 287-D:7

    287-D:7 Facilities License Application; Specific Requirements. –
I. Any person or entity other than a charitable organization or governmental subdivision with control of a facility, including by a written lease, at which games of chance are held for 5 or more game dates per calendar year shall be licensed.
II. In addition to the general requirements under RSA 287-D:5, a facilities license application shall include, at a minimum, the following information provided that the commission may, by rule, establish additional items to be submitted on the application form or attached to it:
(a) Certification of compliance with all of the requirements of RSA 287-D:5.
(b) Two passport quality photographs, if the applicant is an individual.
III. Licenses shall expire on December 31 of each year.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015. 2018, 290:1, eff. Aug. 24, 2018.

Section 287-D:8

    287-D:8 Game Operator Employer License Application; Specific Requirements. –
Any person or entity other than a charitable organization that employs primary game operators shall be licensed under this section. In addition to the general requirements under RSA 287-D:5, a game operator employer license application shall include, at a minimum, the following information provided that the lottery commission may, by rule, establish additional items to be submitted on the application form or attached to it:
I. Certification of compliance with all of the requirements of RSA 287-D:5.
II. A certificate of good standing from the department of revenue administration.
III. Federal tax identification number.
IV. Two passport quality photographs, if the applicant is an individual.
V. A description of the licensed premises.
VI. A list of the known game dates on which the game operator employer will participate including the name of the game, the location of the game, and the charitable organization holding the game.
VII. A bond for each location where the game operator employer is conducting games of chance, conditioned upon the licensees running games of chance in conformity with this chapter and with the rules and regulations prescribed by the lottery commission, in the amount of up to $500,000 but not less than $25,000. The amount of the bond in excess of $25,000 established for each licensee shall be based on that licensee's normal outstanding obligations of charity payments and state taxes.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:9

    287-D:9 Primary Game Operator License Application; Specific Requirements. –
I. Other than members of a charitable organization, any person who supervises, manages, advises, or provides consulting to secondary game operators or other primary game operators shall be licensed under this section. In addition to the general requirements under RSA 287-D:5, a primary game operator license application shall include, at a minimum, the following information provided that the lottery commission may, by rule, establish additional items to be submitted on the application form or attached to it:
(a) The identity of the game operator employer for whom the applicant works.
(b) A list of any other states in which the game operator has been registered or licensed as a professional fundraiser, professional game operator, or other similar position.
(c) Whether a registration or license listed in subparagraph (b) has been denied, suspended, revoked, or enjoined by a court or state agency, or if such proceedings are pending.
(d) The names and addresses of any individuals with whom the applicant is affiliated in the fundraising or game operating business.
(e) The name of the financial institution with at least one branch in New Hampshire and the corresponding bank account number for the account in which money from the game of chance will be deposited and withdrawn.
(f) Two passport quality photographs.
II. The bank account identified in subparagraph I(e) shall be the only account in which the primary game operator shall deposit and withdraw moneys from games of chance.
III. Concurrent with the charitable organization, primary game operators who operate games of chance on behalf of a charitable organization shall be responsible for all requirements for which the charitable organization is responsible when a charitable organization operates games of chance itself.
IV. Unless a provision to the contrary is part of a written agreement in place prior to the commencement of a game date between the charitable organization and the game operator or game operator employer, all moneys due to the charitable organization shall be paid over to the organization no later than 5 business days following the date on which a game was conducted. Notwithstanding the provisions of any agreement with the charitable organization, the game operator or game operator employer shall pay over all moneys due to the charitable organization no later than 15 business days following a game date.
V. The provisions of RSA 7:28-c shall not apply to primary game operator licensees.
VI. Nothing in this section shall prevent a licensee from working for another game operator employer. A licensee who works for more than one game operator employer during the licensed period shall submit a supplemental application with a separate licensing fee, have a separate badge for each game operator employer, and pay a separate fee for each badge.
VII. The primary game operator license shall expire on the last day of the month of the licensee's birthday.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:10

    287-D:10 Secondary Game Operator License Application; Specific Requirements. –
I. Other than members of a charitable organization, any person who is employed by a game operator employer or a primary game operator shall be licensed under this section.
II. In addition to the general requirements under RSA 287-D:5, a secondary game operator license application shall include, at a minimum, the following information provided that the lottery commission may, by rule, establish additional items to be submitted on the application form or attached to it:
(a) A list of any other states in which the game operator has been registered or licensed as a professional fundraiser, professional game operator, or other similar position.
(b) A statement of whether a registration or license listed in subparagraph (a) has been denied, suspended, revoked, or enjoined by a court or state agency, or if such proceedings are pending.
(c) The identity of the primary game operators for whom the applicant works.
(d) Two passport quality photographs.
III. A secondary game operator license shall expire on the last day of the month of the licensee's birthday.
IV. The provisions of RSA 7:28-c shall not apply to secondary game operator licensees.
V. Nothing in this section shall prevent a licensee from working for different licensed entities. A licensee who works for more than one game operator employer during the licensed period shall submit a supplemental application with a separate licensing fee, have a separate badge for each game operator employer, and pay a separate fee for each badge.
VI. Upon receipt of a completed application under this section, and at the request of the applicant, the lottery commission may issue a provisional license, valid for up to 60 days, under rules adopted by the lottery commission under RSA 541-A. If the lottery commission denies the license, the provisional license shall expire upon the applicant's receipt of such denial. If the applicant requests a provisional license under this paragraph, he or she shall submit a fee of $10 to the lottery commission, in addition to the application fee for the license, at the time of such request.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 248:1, eff. July 1, 2015 at 12:01 a.m.; 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:11

    287-D:11 Background Investigations. –
I. This section shall apply to applicants for a:
(a) Facilities license.
(b) Game operator employer license.
II. Any person, association, corporation, or other type of entity applying for or holding a license under paragraph I shall file, with an initial application and every 5 years thereafter, with the attorney general a complete and detailed written statement, signed under oath by the applicant or holder of such license if an individual, or by the officers of the entity, containing the following information:
(a) The name, residence address, and nature of the ownership interest including, where applicable, the number of shares of stock held and if known, how obtained, of every person who possesses an ownership interest in such entity.
(b) The name, address, present principal occupation or employment, and name and principal business of any corporation or other organization in which such employment is carried on of every director, officer, and holder of 10 percent or more ownership interest in such entity.
(c) Such information as the attorney general may prescribe by rule.
(d) Each licensee shall notify the attorney general and the lottery commission of any change of information required by this paragraph within 10 days of such change.
III. (a) The lottery commission shall notify the attorney general of the receipt of an application under this chapter, and in concert and consultation with the attorney general, the lottery commission shall conduct an investigation of the license applicant or holder, any person included in paragraph I, or any person or entity upon whom the license applicant or holder relies for financial support. Any appropriate state or federal law enforcement system may investigate the subject's financial, criminal, or business background, or any other information which the lottery commission or attorney general may find to bear on the subject's suitability to be associated with charitable gaming in New Hampshire, including, but not limited to, the subject's character, personal associations, and the extent to which the subject is properly doing business in the manner in which it purports to operate. When the lottery commission initiates such an investigation, the lottery commission shall report the results of such investigation to the attorney general within 45 days after the initiation of the investigation. The attorney general and the lottery commission shall confer and determine, if in their opinion, such person is suitable to be associated with charitable gaming in New Hampshire and upon a determination that the person is not suitable, the person shall not be issued or continue to hold a license. Notwithstanding RSA 91-A, the results of any such investigation shall be confidential and shall not be subject to disclosure or to public inspection, except that the attorney general shall have sole discretion to determine the extent to which and the manner in which the results may be reported to other state agencies or officials and, if reported, whether such results are to retain their confidential character.
(b) The attorney general may conduct a background investigation described in subparagraph (a) on the attorney general's motion.
IV. The expenses of the office of attorney general or the lottery commission, if applicable, in conducting any investigation authorized in this section, including the services of consultants, experts, accountants, and other assistants, shall be a direct charge against the applicant or holder. Total expenses for each investigation under this paragraph shall not exceed $5,000, except with the approval of the fiscal committee of the general court.
V. In any investigation conducted pursuant to paragraph III, the attorney general or the lottery commission if applicable, may require, by subpoena or otherwise, the attendance of witnesses and the production of such correspondence, documents, books, and papers as the attorney general deems advisable, and for purposes of this section, may administer oaths and take the testimony of witnesses. No person shall be excused from testifying or from producing any book or paper in any investigation conducted pursuant to paragraph III upon the ground that such testimony or documentary evidence might tend to incriminate such person; provided that if, after a claim of privilege, the attorney general, in writing, orders such person to testify or produce documentary evidence, that person shall not be prosecuted, punished, or subjected to any penalty or forfeiture for or on account of any act, transaction, matter, or thing which such person, under oath, disclosed or produced. No person so testifying shall be exempt from prosecution or punishment for any perjury committed by such person in such testimony.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015. 2021, 190:3, 6, eff. Jan. 1, 2022.

Section 287-D:12

    287-D:12 Background and Criminal Records Check. –
I. All applicants for a license pursuant to this chapter shall submit to the lottery commission a New Hampshire department of safety, division of state police, criminal record release authorization form.
II. Upon receipt of an applicant's criminal record information, the lottery commission shall make a determination of eligibility for licensure and whether the applicant is fit to be associated with games of chance in New Hampshire.
III. The applicant shall submit with the release form a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency or an authorized employee of the department of safety. In the event that the first set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, a second set of fingerprints shall be necessary in order to complete the criminal history records check. If, after 2 attempts, a set of fingerprints is invalid due to insufficient pattern, the lottery commission may, in lieu of the criminal history records check, accept police clearances from every city, town, or county where the person has lived during the past 5 years.
IV. The lottery commission shall submit the criminal history records release form and fingerprint form to the division of state police which shall conduct a criminal history records check through its records and through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon completion of the records check, the division of state police shall release copies of the criminal history records to the lottery commission. The lottery commission shall maintain the confidentiality of all criminal history records information received pursuant to this section.
V. The lottery commission shall bill the applicant for any fee associated with the criminal or background record check to cover any fee charged by the department of safety for the criminal records check in paragraph I or by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the background check in paragraph IV.
VI. For purposes of licensees, under RSA 287-D:7 or RSA 287-D:8 each owner, partner, or trustee of the underlying property, or in the case of a corporation, each officer, director, or shareholder, or in the case of a limited liability company, each manager or member, shall comply with all of the requirements of this section.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015. 2018, 318:15, eff. Aug. 24, 2018.

Section 287-D:13

    287-D:13 License Fees. –
The application fee for:
I. A charitable gaming license shall be $25 per game date.
II. A facility license shall be $250 per year.
III. A game operator employer license shall be $750 per year.
IV. A primary game operator license shall be $500 per year.
V. A secondary game operator license shall be $30 per year.
VI. Each original or replacement identification badge shall be $10.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:14

    287-D:14 Operation of Games of Chance. –
I. No more than 2 licensed charitable organizations may conduct games of chance at any one location on any date.
II. No agreement between a charitable organization and any other licensee shall be valid unless such agreement is in writing and has been approved by the lottery commission. The lottery commission shall create standardized contracts.
III. (a) Only persons licensed under this chapter shall operate games of chance; except that, if all bona fide members of a charitable organization are under 18 years of age, adult officers or directors of the charitable organization or parents or legal guardians of bona fide minor members, who have been authorized by the officers or directors of the charitable organization, shall operate the games. Proof of bona fide membership shall be required for any person not subject to licensure.
(b) Notwithstanding subparagraph (a), if, by reason of the established criteria for membership, all bona fide members of the charitable organization are physically or mentally disabled, or both, the officers, directors, or authorized officials of the charitable organization may designate individuals to conduct the operation of games of chance on behalf of said charitable organization. Individuals so designated are subject to all applicable provisions of this chapter, and the designation of such individuals is subject to the approval of the lottery commission.
(c) Notwithstanding subparagraph (a), all charitable organizations that conduct games of chance for charitable purposes may allow spouses, sons, and daughters of bona fide members who are at least 18 years of age to assist with the operation of the games of chance. These spouses, sons, and daughters are subject to all applicable provisions of this chapter, and are subject to the approval of the lottery commission.
(d) Notwithstanding subparagraph (a), all charitable organizations that conduct games of chance for charitable purposes may employ, by means of a written agreement, a licensed game operator employer or a licensed primary game operator.
IV. No compensation shall be paid to any operator of a game of chance unless agreed to in advance in writing by the charitable organization.
V. No operator shall require additional fees not specifically allowed under this chapter as a condition of contracting with the operator for game dates.
VI. No one under the age of 18 years shall be admitted to the premises on which games of chance are being conducted, except when the games are being conducted at a carnival. Proof of age shall be produced upon request of the lottery commission or commission's agents. When games of chance are conducted at a carnival, persons under the age of 18 years may be admitted to the premises on which the games are being conducted when accompanied and supervised by a parent or legal guardian; but persons under the age of 18 shall not be permitted to play games of chance at a carnival.
VII. Games of chance may be conducted between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. the following day.
VIII. No person operating a game of chance and no person who has leased a facility or sold or leased game of chance paraphernalia or related equipment to a charitable organization for use during games of chance shall participate or play in any game conducted at that location on that date.
IX. No person who has in any jurisdiction been convicted of a felony within the previous 10 years which has not been annulled by a court, or a misdemeanor involving falsehood or dishonesty within the previous 5 years which has not been annulled by a court, or who has violated the statutes or rules governing charitable gambling in the past year shall operate a game of chance licensed under this chapter, or rent, lease, sublease, or otherwise provide any hall or game of chance paraphernalia for the conduct of games of chance licensed under this chapter.
X. Only the treasurer of the charitable organization or a bona fide member of the charitable organization designated by the treasurer shall handle any monetary transactions related to the game of chance.
XI. [Repealed.]
XII. (a) On game dates where the charitable organization operates the games, the charitable organization shall deposit cash and proceeds from a game of chance into the account required under this chapter. All expenses, including prizes of $500 or more and equipment and hall rental fees shall be paid by check from said account. The treasurer of the charitable organization shall document all prizes awarded as prescribed in rules adopted by the lottery commission.
(b) On game dates when the licensed game operator operates the games, the licensed game operator shall deposit cash and proceeds from a game of chance into the account required under this chapter. All expenses, including equipment and hall rental fees shall be paid by check or electronic fund transfers from the account described in RSA 287-D:9, I(e). The licensed game operator shall document all prizes awarded as prescribed in rules adopted by the lottery commission. Prizes of $500 or more shall be paid by check from the account described in RSA 287-D:9, I(e).
XIII. All game of chance paraphernalia or related equipment used in conducting games of chance shall be subject to inspection and approval by the lottery commission.
XIV. The charitable organization shall keep a record of all persons participating in the operation of a game of chance, including but not limited to, the date and location of the game and the person's name, address, telephone number, and type of participation in the game.
XV. For games of chance where chips have no monetary face value, the charitable organization may offer any number of games per licensed event in which each player may spend up to $150 per game including buy-ins and re-buys.
XVI. Notwithstanding paragraph XV, the charitable organization may offer one game per licensed event in which each player may spend up to $250 for the game including buy-ins and re-buys.
XVII. For games of chance where chips have no monetary face value, the payback in prizes shall not exceed 80 percent of the total amount collected from players.
XVIII. A games of chance licensee shall not play any games of chance on a licensed game date unless all games of chance to be played have been approved by the lottery commission and have been identified on an approved game schedule.
XIX. The charitable organization may amend or supplement the list of members who will participate in the operation of a game of chance up to 10 working days prior to any particular game.
XX. At least 45 days prior to each game date, the charitable organization shall submit the date and location of the game of chance, if this information has not already been submitted to the lottery commission under RSA 287-D:6, I(d).
XXI. Every game operator employer shall develop house rules and submit such rules to the lottery commission for approval.
XXII. Every game operator employer shall maintain list of manufacturers and distributers detailing the type of gaming equipment purchased from each. The information shall be detailed enough to permit the lottery commission to research the origin and any piece of gaming equipment.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015. 2016, 313:2, eff. Aug. 23, 2016. 2021, 99:2, eff. Aug. 30, 2021.

Section 287-D:15

    287-D:15 Surveillance Requirements. –
I. (a) A game operator employer conducting games of chance at a facility that is required to be licensed pursuant to RSA 287-D:7 shall conduct and record, at the expense of the game operator employer, video surveillance that allows clear, unobstructed views of cashier transactions, table games where cash wagers are accepted, and the counting of money from storage boxes removed from a gaming table. A game operator employer shall be exempt from this provision if the games of chance are conducted in a temporary location for 4 days or fewer, provided that an alternative method of surveillance is approved by the commission.
(b) Surveillance shall include the customer, the employee, and the surrounding area and shall monitor and record with sufficient clarity to identify employees and customers in all areas where currency is counted, verified, sorted, stacked, or stored, including monitoring and recording all table game drop boxes, safes, and counting surfaces, and all cashier personnel. The counting surface area shall be continuously monitored and recorded by a dedicated camera during the count.
(c) Access to the surveillance equipment shall be limited to management personnel, designated employees, state regulators, and other persons authorized in accordance with the surveillance policy.
(d) The game operator employer shall ensure at least one person at the facility while games of chance are being conducted is trained in the use of the equipment, knowledge of the games, and all applicable regulations.
(e) Each camera required by these regulations shall be installed in a manner that will prevent it from being readily obstructed, tampered with, or disabled by customers or employees.
(f) Reasonable effort shall be made to repair each malfunction of surveillance system equipment required by the standards in this section within 72 hours after the malfunction is discovered, provided any such malfunction shall be reported to the commission immediately.
(g) In the event of a dedicated camera malfunction, the game operator employer or the surveillance person shall immediately provide alternative camera coverage or other security measures.
II. The surveillance system, at a minimum, shall:
(a) Have an auxiliary or backup power source available and capable of providing immediate restoration of power to all elements of the surveillance system.
(b) Include date and time generators that possess the capability to display the date and time of recorded events on all digital recordings. The displayed date and time shall not significantly obstruct the recorded view.
(c) Utilize cameras that possess the capability of having a picture displayed on a monitor and recorded.
(d) Include sufficient numbers of monitors and recorders to simultaneously display and record multiple table games and count room activities, and record the views of all dedicated cameras and motion-activated cameras.
(e) Record at 30 frames per second or its equivalent.
III. (a) All digital records of coverage provided by cameras required by this section shall be retained for a minimum of 45 days except as otherwise provided in this paragraph.
(b) Recordings involving suspected or confirmed gaming crimes, unlawful activity, or actions of investigations by management personnel shall be retained indefinitely until released by the commission and a copy of any report and video shall be forwarded to the commission.
(c) Duly authenticated copies of digital records shall be provided to the commission upon request.
(d) Multiple recordings shall be made to avoid any loss of images in the event of a hardware failure.
(e) A recording library log, or comparable alternative procedure approved by the commission, shall be maintained to demonstrate compliance with the storage, identification, and retention standards required in this section.
(f) All recordings not otherwise required to be retained may be destroyed after a period of 45 days, unless the commission provides written notice to retain certain video recordings.
(g) No additional security requirements shall be imposed by any local or state agency without the approval of the commission.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015. 2018, 290:2, eff. Aug. 24, 2018.

Section 287-D:16

    287-D:16 Wagers. – No single wager by a player, on any game of chance, shall exceed the amount of $10. Provided, however, that in games of poker where the chips have monetary value, play may be conducted under "table stakes" rules where the amount of blinds, antes, and any other type of forced bet shall not exceed $10 per player but the amount wagered by a player during the play of a hand shall not be limited except by the amount of chips the player has in his or her possession on the table. In any such "table stakes" game, the amount of chips a player may purchase during the course of play in said game shall be no greater in value than $150.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 160:1, eff. July 1, 2015, at 12:01 a.m. 2018, 265:1, eff. June 14, 2018.

Section 287-D:17

    287-D:17 Equipment; Inspection. –
I. All devices and equipment used to conduct games of chance shall be subject to inspection by duly authorized law enforcement or lottery commission officials.
II. No mechanism or device, which can be used to regulate odds, shall be permitted to operate games of chance and no progression in any form shall be permitted in the operation of any such game.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:18

    287-D:18 Equipment; Ownership and Rental. –
I. If a charitable organization operates games of chance itself, such games of chance shall be conducted with equipment that is:
(a) Owned absolutely;
(b) Used without payment or any compensation therefor by the charitable organization; or
(c) Rented at a fixed fee only from a dealer in such equipment who has his or her principal place of business in this state and who is licensed by the lottery commission.
II. Any contract for the rental of equipment for games of chance shall be independent of any contract for the rental of a facility. No contract for the rental of equipment for games of chance shall be contingent upon the charitable organization's agreement that it will contract with a particular business for a particular facility or equipment.
III. If a charitable organization's games of chance are operated through a primary game operator, the charitable organization shall not be charged for the use of any equipment.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:19

    287-D:19 Facilities; Rental. –
I. If a charitable organization operates games of chance itself, such games of chance shall be conducted within a facility that is:
(a) The charitable organization's primary meeting place, whether owned absolutely or rented;
(b) Used by the charitable organization without payment or any compensation; or
(c) Rented by the charitable organization for the express purpose of conducting games of chance; provided that:
(1) The charitable organization shall only rent a facility by means of a fixed rental payment, and such agreement shall be approved by the lottery commission.
(2) The fixed rental payment shall not be based on a percentage of what the charitable organization receives from the game of chance and it shall reflect fair rental value of the property for any use, not only as a place to hold a game of chance.
(3) Any contract for the rental of a facility for a game of chance shall be independent of any contract for the rental of equipment. No contract for the rental of a facility for a game of chance shall be contingent upon the charitable organization's agreement that it will contract with a particular business for a particular facility or equipment.
II. (a) If a charitable organization contracts for services from a game operator employer licensed under RSA 287-D:8, the game operator employer shall provide equipment and shall not charge the charitable organization for such equipment. No charitable organization shall receive less than 35 percent of the gross revenues from any games of chance minus any prizes paid and rental charge under subparagraph (b).
(b) If a game operator employer charges rent, such charge shall be by written agreement and shall be a fixed payment, not based on a percentage of what the charitable organization receives from the game of chance, and shall reflect fair rental value of the property for any use, not only as a place to hold a game of chance.
(c) Any service or rental agreement entered into by the charitable organization shall be submitted with the charitable organization's license application for review by the lottery commission.
(d) Under no circumstances shall a charitable organization sustain any loss from games of chance, such that its share of the gross revenues minus any prizes paid, and any rent paid or due, is less than zero dollars, during a license period with a single game operator.
(e) All contracts between a game operator employer and a charitable organization to conduct games of chance under this chapter shall contain the following language: "This agreement represents the entire agreement between the parties. No charge or fee of any kind that is not contained in this agreement shall be paid by the charity."
(f) No fee for any service which is required by or provided by the game operator employer or primary game operator shall be allowed.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:20

    287-D:20 Prizes. –
I. In games where chips have no monetary value, 3 percent of all funds collected from players, less moneys used by the lottery commission to fund authorized personnel expenses and related costs, shall be paid to the state treasurer to be deposited into the special fund established in RSA 284:21-j. Such payments shall be made once per month not later than the 5th day of the month for the funds collected in the previous month.
II. In games where chips have monetary value, 10 percent of the rake or house winnings and other moneys collected by the game operator that are not paid out as prizes to players, less moneys used by the lottery commission to fund authorized personnel expenses and related costs, shall be paid to the state treasurer for deposit into the special fund established in RSA 284:21-j. Such payments shall be made once per month not later than the 5th day of the month for the funds collected in the previous month.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:21

    287-D:21 Agency Not Permitted. – No charitable organization shall act as an agent for conducting a game of chance, where it is unlawful for the charitable organization's principal to conduct such a game.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:22

    287-D:22 Financial Reports, Inspections, and Other Records. –
I. (a) A charitable organization shall submit a complete financial report for all game dates licensed under RSA 287-D:4 to the lottery commission on forms approved by the lottery commission within 15 days of the end of each month during which a game of chance was held. Such report shall be completed by the treasurer of the charitable organization or a duly authorized officer, director, or official of the charitable organization who shall certify such accounting under oath; or
(b) A licensed primary game operator under contract to conduct games of chance on behalf of a charitable organization shall prepare and submit the financial reports required under subparagraph (a). In such case the charitable organization shall not be required to submit such report. Such report shall be completed by the primary game operator who shall certify such accounting under oath.
II. The financial report shall include:
(a) A complete statement of all revenues and expenses.
(b) A record of the amount of prizes awarded.
(c) The names and addresses of the members who participated in the games of chance.
(d) The name and address of any fundraising counsel or game operator involved in conducting the games of chance.
III. The charitable organization shall retain canceled checks for the payment of expenses and prizes for a period of 2 years.
IV. All financial reports filed by charitable organizations shall be maintained by the lottery commission for a period of one year from the date of filing and shall be open to public inspection.
V. All records pertaining to the games of chance shall be maintained by the treasurer of the charitable organization or other duly authorized director, officer, or official of the charitable organization and shall be made available to the lottery commission, the attorney general, or the chief of police of any city or town where games of chance are held upon request. The lottery commission may audit, review, or inspect any and all financial records, books, documentation, and bank accounts in the name of the charitable organization that pertain to games of chance.
VI. A charitable organization shall maintain complete and accurate documentation of all revenues and expenses contained in the financial reports for at least 2 years from the date the financial report is filed.
VII. For the purpose of this section "records pertaining to the games of chance" means at a minimum, the following information, provided that the lottery commission may, by rule, establish additional items:
(a) A policies and procedures manual governing gaming activities, procedures related to the operation of a game, including play, surveillance, security, revenue collection, and accounting for, reporting, and auditing the results produced.
(b) Documentation of information technology procedures and controls, including monitoring systems for security incidents, data back-up, and maintenance of systems to ensure integrity of games.
(c) A formal bookkeeping system.
(d) Bank statements, check registers, reconciliations, and cancelled checks for games of chance bank accounts.
(e) Bank deposit slips for the games of chance bank account.
(f) Invoices for all games of chance related purchases.
(g) Pre-numbered 3-part, table credit and fill slips.
(h) Pit game table reconciliation sheets.
(i) Cash poker table reconciliation sheets.
(j) Cage accountability form summarizing daily cage activities.
(k) Cage inventory count sheets supported by employee signatures.
(l) Inventory transfer to and from cage documentation sheets.
(m) Chip inventory documentation forms, including purchase, receipt, balances on hand, storage, and destruction.
(n) Tournament sign-in or registration sheets, buy-in, re-buy, and add-on documentation slips.
(o) Tournament reconciliation sheets.
(p) Documentation for all prize and promotional payouts.
(q) Digital surveillance logs.
(r) Documentation of the calculation of charity allocation and state tax.
(s) All written contracts, agreements, leases, rental agreements, or any other statement of understanding regarding the operation of games of chance.
(t) Employee information, work schedules, sign-in sheets, time cards, and table assignments.
(u) Written manuals for surveillance systems, gaming computer programs, and accounting programs.
(v) Organization chart listing titles, roles, and responsibilities.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:23

    287-D:23 Penalties. –
I. In addition to any other penalties provided by law, any person who violates RSA 287-D shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if a natural person, or guilty of a felony if any other person.
II. Each day on which a game of chance is played in violation of RSA 287-D shall constitute a separate offense.
III. The lottery commission may suspend or revoke the license of any licensee who violates any provision of this chapter or for just cause shown. Any licensee whose license is revoked shall not be eligible for licensure for a period of up to one year from the date of revocation.
IV. (a) Any person who purposely or knowingly makes a false entry in any report required under this chapter which results in a reduction of revenues due to a charitable organization shall be guilty of a class A felony.
(b) Any person who recklessly or negligently makes a false entry on any report required under this chapter which results in a reduction of revenues due to a charitable organization shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
(c) Any game operator employer or game operator who fails to remit to a charitable organization all revenues due under this chapter shall be guilty of a class A felony.
V. Any game operator employer or game operator who fails to pay the charitable organization all moneys required by this chapter shall be guilty of a class B felony for any amount less than $500, and a class A felony for any amount equal to or greater than $500.
VI. Any person who violates any provision of RSA 637 in a manner that deprives the charitable organization of any moneys required by this chapter, notwithstanding the penalties set forth in RSA 637:11, shall be guilty of a class B felony for any amount less than $500, and a class A felony for any amount equal to or greater than $500.
VII. In addition to any other penalty imposed under this chapter, a charitable organization that suffers a loss caused by the violation of any provision of this chapter may bring a civil action for actual damages suffered. If the court finds that the violation was committed purposefully or knowingly, it shall award enhanced compensatory damages of not less than 2 times the amount of actual damages suffered, and may award up to 3 times the amount of actual damages suffered. In any civil action, the prevailing party shall be awarded court costs and reasonable attorney's fees. No waiver of the provisions of this paragraph shall be enforceable.
VIII. The lottery commission may issue an order requiring any person or organization to comply with this chapter or any rule adopted pursuant to this chapter, and may require such remedial measures as may be necessary.
IX. The lottery commission may impose an administrative fine scaled to reflect a violator's prior history of noncompliance with laws pertaining to games of chance and the scope and severity of the violation, after notice and hearing, pursuant to rules adopted under RSA 541-A, for any violation of this chapter, any rule adopted under this chapter, any license issued pursuant to this chapter, or any order issued pursuant to this chapter, or upon any person who makes or certifies to a material false statement relative to any application or report required by this chapter. In determining the amount of a fine, the lottery commission may take into consideration all relevant circumstances, including: the degree of noncompliance, the extent of harm caused by the violation, the nature and persistence of the violation, the time and cost associated with the investigation by the state, and the economic impact of the violation on the state or the charitable organization conducting or sponsoring the game. No administrative fine imposed under this paragraph shall preclude the imposition of other penalties as provided by law. Rehearings and appeals from a decision of the lottery commission under this paragraph shall comply with RSA 541. Fines imposed by the lottery commission shall be as follows:
(a) The fine for a minor violation shall be not less than $25 and not more than $500 per violation. A minor violation shall be one where the lottery commission determines that the potential for harm to the interests of the state and the charitable organization, as well as the integrity of charitable gaming is minor and may include, but is not limited to, the failure of a game operator, a game operator employer, charitable organization, or charitable organization member to:
(1) Wear a properly issued badge;
(2) Post 2 copies of the laws and rules;
(3) Have a diagram available for each table where games of chance are being played indicating the type of game being played, the bet amount, the buy-in amount, and the re-buy amounts as applicable; or
(4) Publicly display the name of the charitable organization.
(b) The fine for a moderate violation shall be not less than $250 and not more than $1,500 per violation. A moderate violation shall be one where the lottery commission determines that the potential for harm to the interests of the state and the charitable organization, as well as the integrity of charitable gaming is moderate and may include, but is not limited to, a game operator, game operator employer, charitable organization, or charitable organization member:
(1) Filing a late financial report;
(2) Operating a game not specifically listed on the game schedule;
(3) Operating a game on a different date than licensed without approval of the lottery commission; or
(4) Committing 3 or more minor violations within 2 years.
(c) The fine for a major violation shall be not less than $1,000 and not more than $5,000 per violation. A major violation shall be one where the lottery commission determines that the potential for harm to the interests of the state and the charitable organization, as well as the integrity of charitable gaming is major and shall include, but is not limited to, a game operator, game operator employer, charitable organization, or charitable organization member:
(1) Operating a game of chance without a license;
(2) Operating a game of chance without having the personnel or officials required;
(3) Purposely operating a game of chance without a representative of the charitable organization present as specified in RSA 287-D:14, XI;
(4) Operating a game of chance with game operators who are not licensed;
(5) Failing to establish or maintain a New Hampshire bank account; or
(6) Committing 5 or more minor violations or 3 or more moderate violations within 2 years.
(d) The lottery commission may suspend any part of a fine for just cause.
X. All fines imposed by the lottery commission shall be deposited in the special fund established pursuant to RSA 284:21-j.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015. 2021, 99:1, eff. Aug. 30, 2021.

Section 287-D:24

    287-D:24 Rehearing and Appeal. – Any person aggrieved by a decision of the commission issued pursuant to this chapter may apply to the commission for a rehearing within 15 business days of the decision. Rehearings and appeals shall be governed by RSA 541.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:25

    287-D:25 Subpoenas. – The lottery commission may issue subpoenas for witnesses and for documents relative to investigations or adjudicatory hearings held by the lottery commission. The attorney general shall assist the lottery commission in matters pertaining to the enforcement of subpoenas.

Source. 2014, 329:1. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015.

Unlawful Gambling Machines

Section 287-D:26

    287-D:26 Purpose. – The general court finds use of gambling machines is pervasive statewide with little or no oversight by the state. The general court also finds that redemption slot machines are frequently a front for unlawful gambling, and the use of such machines siphons money away from legal, charitable gambling to the detriment of the state's charities. Therefore the general court is establishing an administrative investigation and enforcement ability in addition to existing criminal prosecution.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:27

    287-D:27 Definitions. –
For purposes of this subdivision:
I. "Antique gambling machine" means any device or equipment at least 25 years old which is in the possession of a collector and which is not maintained or operated for gambling purposes.
II. "Collector" means a person who for nostalgic reasons, monetary investment, or personal interest acquires antique gambling machines as defined in paragraph I for personal display or retention.
III. "Family entertainment center" means a place of business having at least 50 games or devices designed and manufactured only for bona fide amusement purposes on premises which are operated for the entertainment of the general public and tourists as a bona fide entertainment facility and not having more than 15 percent of the total games or machines being redemption slot machines or redemption poker machines.
IV. "Gambling" means to risk something of value upon a future contingent event not under one's control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that something of value will be received in the event of a certain outcome. For the purposes of this paragraph, the phrase "something of value" shall include a sweepstakes ticket or other item obtained in conjunction with the purchase of goods or services that entitles the holder to a share or chance in a sweepstakes where, but for the opportunity to enter the sweepstakes, the value of purchased goods or services is insufficient to justify the purchase or the inducement to purchase the goods or services.
V. "Gambling machine" means any device or equipment that is capable of being used to play sweepstakes or games of chance and which discharges money, or anything that may be exchanged for money, cash equivalent, debit card, merchandise credit card, or opportunities to enter sweepstakes or play games of chance, or displays any symbol entitling a person to receive such a prize.
VI. "Redemption slot machine" or "redemption poker machine" means any device or equipment that operates by means of the insertion of a coin or token and that may entitle the person playing or operating the game or machine to additional chances or free plays, or to receive points or coupons which may be exchanged for merchandise only, excluding alcoholic beverages, money, cash equivalent, debit card, merchandise credit card, or opportunities to enter sweepstakes or play games of chance, and provided the value for such points or coupons does not exceed 21/2 cents for each credit on the game or machine.
VII. "Sweepstakes" means any game, advertising scheme or plan, or other promotion which, with or without payment of any consideration, a person may enter to win or become eligible to receive any prize, the determination of which is based upon chance. For purposes of this chapter, the term includes only those sweepstakes that an entrant can enter, play, or otherwise interact with using a gambling machine furnished by the sweepstakes operator or an affiliate or person under contract with the operator, in an establishment controlled by, affiliated with, or contracting with the operator.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:28

    287-D:28 Investigation and Enforcement. – The commission shall investigate and enforce this subdivision relating to gambling machines and shall have statewide jurisdiction whether or not persons or entities are licensed by the commission. The commission may seek administrative search warrants as required, and may issue subpoenas as provided in RSA 287-D:25.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:29

    287-D:29 Gambling Machines Not Authorized. – A person shall be in violation of this subdivision if such person conducts, finances, manages, supervises, directs, or owns all or part of a business, and such person or business possesses or promotes gambling on a gambling machine.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:30

    287-D:30 Fines and Forfeiture. – Any person who violates this subdivision shall be fined not less than $5,000 per day for each gambling machine used or intended for use, and all implements, equipment, and apparatus used in violation of this subdivision shall be forfeited.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 287-D:31

    287-D:31 Exceptions. –
This subdivision shall not apply to:
I. Dispenser devices approved by the commission which are located at the regular meeting place of, or at a facility owned, leased, or utilized by, a charitable organization licensed under RSA 287-E:20.
II. Bona-fide redemption slot machines or redemption poker machines at a family entertainment center.
III. Cruise ships which are equipped with gambling machines whose primary purpose is touring. Any such cruise ship shall be allowed to temporarily enter New Hampshire coastal waters and ports for up to 48 hours, provided that all gambling machines on board are not in use or capable of being used while in New Hampshire coastal waters and ports. For the purposes of this paragraph "cruise ship" means any vessel which is capable of providing overnight accommodations for 500 or more people.
IV. An antique gambling machine in the possession of a collector which is not maintained or operated for gambling purposes.

Source. 2014, 329:1, eff. July 1, 2015.