Isadore Hall, III

Pro teams push California to offer high-stakes raffles

The pitch is for charity, but the call could favor California's professional sports teams. California's major league sports clubs and a leading raffle vendor are lobbying state lawmakers for the exclusive right to conduct charitable gambling at professional sports venues to sell raffle tickets that pay out half the proceeds as prize money and send the other half to charities of their choice. It would apply to 18 professional sports teams, 23 minor league teams and at several golf and racing events in the state. These 50-50 raffles are gaining popularity across the nation but haven't come to the most populous state because California law caps charity raffle prizes. Up to 10...