In a world of shuttered casinos, restaurants and bars, many opportunities still exist for operators to develop business and build their brands through games and sweepstakes on the Internet. However, it is important that consideration is given to the legal complexities of doing so. For example, gambling laws vary from state to state and operators should conduct thorough research on each before initiating contests or sweepstakes in any given location.

Our publication “A Practical Guide for Offering Online Contests and Promotions” walks readers through the basic elements of gambling, how to create a lawful online offering, and guidance about common gambling issues to be aware of with online contests and sweepstakes offerings. This guide offers you potential ways to connect with your customers online as we all incorporate social distancing into our business lives.

If you have questions regarding sweepstakes or contests, please contact authors Karl Rutledge at, Glenn Light at, or Mary Tran at



This material has been prepared by Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Readers should not act upon any information without seeking professional legal advice. Any communication you may have with a Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, though this announcement or otherwise, should not be understood by you to be attorney-client communication unless and until you and the firm agree to enter into an attorney-client relationship.


Karl F. Rutledge
Karl F. Rutledge
Partner, Chair - Commercial Gaming Group
Mary Tran
Mary Tran

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