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Small Games of Chance
Westmoreland County Treasurer, Jared M. Squires is the exclusive agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the issuance of Small Games of Chance licenses in Westmoreland County. Any eligible nonprofit organization, with its normal business site within a municipality that has passed the Small Games of Chance Act, can acquire a license.

Eligible nonprofit organizations are defined by the Pennsylvania Small Games of Chance Act 195 of 1990 as charitable or religious organizations; branches, lodges or chapters of national or statewide veteran, civic, or fraternal organizations; or local civic nonprofit organizations that have been recognized by resolution passed by the municipality in which the organization operates. Volunteer fire companies, wildlife and conservation groups, and sportsmen's organizations are examples of local civic organizations. It can also include school booster groups that are established to promote and encourage participation and support for extra-curricular activities as long as said groups have been recognized as such by a resolution passed by the governing school board or directors.

The Small Games of Chance Act requires the license to be site specific and must be issued to the organization as its normal business site.

Each application must include the results of a criminal history records information, obtained from the Pennsylvania State Police on the president and secretary of all non-profit organizations for a fee of $10.00 each. In order to obtain a Criminal History request via the Internet, you will need a personal credit card when accessing the Pennsylvania State Police website.

 Fees

Type 

 Description

Prize limit

Fee

Standard Games of Chance License Valid for one year from the date of issuance $500 $125
Special Raffle Permit 

Can be obtained by any organization holding
a valid standard license and allows one (1) raffle
permit with a prize in excess of $500
  $25
Limited Occasion License 
Only available to qualifying non-profit organizations
that do not have a normal business site 
$500 $10

How to obtain a Criminal History Record (Form Spa 164)
When requesting information through the Internet, the requester will be given an immediate response 85% of the time. When submitting requests by mail, the response time is four weeks.