- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has approved letting pro sport franchises conduct charitable raffles that include cash prizes.

Half of the proceeds from the raffles would go to charity and the rest awarded to the winners.

The bill now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott for his consideration. But even if Abbott signs it into law, the question must still go before Texas voters statewide to amend the state Constitution.

If approved, Texas would join at least 25 other starts that allow pro teams to conduct raffles where half the proceeds go to charity.

Supporters of the measure insist the move is not an expansion of gambling in Texas.

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