Public Act 90-0536
HB1840 Enrolled LRB9003284LDpk
AN ACT to amend the Illinois Pull Tabs and Jar Games Act
by changing Sections 1.1 and 4.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The Illinois Pull Tabs and Jar Games Act is
amended by changing Sections 1.1 and 4 as follows:
(230 ILCS 20/1.1) (from Ch. 120, par. 1051.1)
Sec. 1.1. Definitions. As used in this Act:
"Pull tabs" and "jar games" means a game using
single-folded or banded tickets or a card, the face of which
is initially covered or otherwise hidden from view in order
to conceal a number, symbol or set of symbols, some of which
are winners. Players with winning tickets receive a prize
stated on a promotional display or "flare". Pull tabs also
means a game in which prizes are won by pulling a tab from a
board thereby revealing a number which corresponds to the
number for a given prize.
Each winning pull tab or slip shall be predetermined.
no instance shall The right to participate in such games
shall not cost more than $2. No one dollar, nor shall any
single prize shall exceed $500 $250. There shall be no more
than 6,000 4000 tickets in a game.
"Pull tabs and jar games", as used in this Act, does not
include the following: numbers, policy, bolita or similar
games, dice, slot machines, bookmaking and wagering pools
with respect to a sporting event, or that game commonly known
as punch boards, or any other game or activity not expressly
defined in this Section.
"Organization" means a corporation, agency, partnership,
association, firm or other entity consisting of 2 or more
persons joined by a common interest or purpose.
"Non-profit organization" means an organization or
institution organized and conducted on a not-for-profit basis
with no personal profit inuring to anyone as a result of the
"Charitable organization" means an organization or
institution organized and operated to benefit an indefinite
number of the public.
"Educational organization" means an organization or
institution organized and operated to provide systematic
instruction in useful branches of learning by methods common
to schools and institutions of learning which compare
favorably in their scope and intensity with the course of
study presented in tax-supported schools.
"Religious organization" means any church, congregation,
society, or organization founded for the purpose of religious
"Fraternal organization" means an organization of
persons, including but not limited to ethnic organizations,
having a common interest, organized and operated exclusively
to promote the welfare of its members and to benefit the
general public on a continuing and consistent basis.
"Veterans' organization" means an organization comprised
of members of which substantially all are individuals who are
veterans or spouses, widows, or widowers of veterans, the
primary purpose of which is to promote the welfare of its
members and to provide assistance to the general public in
such a way as to confer a public benefit.
"Labor organization" means an organization composed of
labor unions or workers organized with the objective of
betterment of the conditions of those engaged in such pursuit
and the development of a higher degree of efficiency in their
"Youth athletic organization" means an organization
having as its exclusive purpose the promotion and provision
of athletic activities for youth aged 18 and under.
"Senior citizens organization" means an organization or
association comprised of members of which substantially all
are individuals who are senior citizens, as defined in the
Illinois Act on the Aging, the primary purpose of which is to
promote the welfare of its members.
(Source: P.A. 85-1012.)
(230 ILCS 20/4) (from Ch. 120, par. 1054)
Sec. 4. The conducting of pull tabs and jar games is
subject to the following restrictions:
(1) The entire net proceeds of any pull tabs or jar
games, except as otherwise approved in this Act, must be
exclusively devoted to the lawful purposes of the
organization permitted to conduct such drawings.
(2) No person except a bona fide member or employee of
the sponsoring organization may participate in the management
or operation of such pull tabs or jar games; however, nothing
herein shall conflict with pull tabs and jar games conducted
under the provisions of the Charitable Games Act.
(3) No person may receive any remuneration or profit for
participating in the management or operation of such pull
tabs or jar games; however, nothing herein shall conflict
with pull tabs and jar games conducted under the provisions
of the Charitable Games Act.
(4) The price paid for a single chance or right to
participate in a game licensed under this Act shall not
exceed $2 $1. The aggregate value of all prizes or
merchandise awarded in any single day of pull tabs and jar
games shall not exceed $2,250, except that in adjoining
counties having 200,000 to 275,000 inhabitants each, and in
counties which are adjacent to either of such adjoining
counties and are adjacent to total of not more than 2
counties in this State, the value of all prizes or
merchandise awarded may not exceed $5,000 $3,250 in a single
(5) No person under the age of 18 years shall play or
participate in games under this Act. A person under the age
of 18 years may be within the area where pull tabs and jar
games are being conducted only when accompanied by his parent
(6) Pull tabs and jar games shall be conducted only on
premises owned or occupied by licensed organizations and used
by its members for general activities, or on premises owned
or rented for conducting the game of bingo, or as permitted
in subsection (4) of Section 3.
(Source: P.A. 86-289.)