Charities can offer bigger prizes under bill passed by Senate


By Allie Nash

images-11INDIANAPOLIS – Charities that use gambling to raise revenue have something to be excited about.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill that would raise the prize on charity gaming events from $10,000 to $30,000.

The bill garnered just eight no votes in the Senate.

Representatives of charities testified in a committee meeting earlier this session that they need higher payouts because Ohio and Kentucky don’t have caps on winnings. They cited Indiana’s cap on payouts and a smoking ban for a decline in gambling revenues.

The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

Allie Nash is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.