- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Charities across South Carolina should soon be able to hold raffles to raise money.

The Senate on Tuesday ratified the constitutional amendment allowing the drawings. The House gave its approval to the people’s vote last month.

In November, 83 percent of South Carolina voters approved the amendment. There is already a law in place setting the rules including a maximum ticket price of $100 and a limit on the amount of prizes at $250,000.

Nonprofit organizations that are not registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State could still hold a raffle, but it would have to be for a non-cash prize of less than $500.

The law allows the raffles until 2020, unless lawmakers vote to keep them going.

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