(1) There must be at least one winner from among the participants in a sports pool. A winner or winners are determined by the score or place attained by one or more competitors in the sports event upon which the sports pool is conducted.

(2) The prizes awarded to the winner or winners of a sports pool may be cash or merchandise.

(a) Where the prize awarded is merchandise, the purchase price paid for the item(s) of the merchandise prize is considered to be the value of the prize. Proof of the purchase price of the item(s) of the merchandise prize shall be retained for a period of at least 90 days from the date of the sports event.

(b) Subject to (4), if the value of the merchandise prize is less than the amount of money paid by all participants for the chance to participate, the person conducting the sports pool shall award the balance to the winner(s).

(3) All prizes must be available for distribution to winners immediately at the end of the sports event or at the end of each sports event in a series of events.

(4) A nonprofit organization may receive up to 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of chances in a sports pool if the nonprofit organization meets the requirements of 23-5-503, MCA.


History: 23-5-115, MCA; IMP, 23-5-502, 23-5-503, 23-5-512, MCA; EMERG, NEW, 1990 MAR p. 286, Eff. 2/9/90; TEMP, AMD, 1991 MAR p. 1942, Eff. 10/18/91; AMD, 2013 MAR p. 1606, Eff. 10/1/13; AMD, 2019 MAR p. 1860, Eff. 10/19/19; AMD, 2022 MAR p. 48, Eff. 1/15/22.