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Games of chance bond cost

The New York Secretary of State mandates that promoters of games of chance for selling commodities with more than $5,000 in prize money secure a surety bond. The bond amount is equivalent to the amount of prize money to be distributed. The bond expires after the game of chance has concluded and there are no pending claims against the bond.

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Why this bond

Games of chance bonds hold the principal liable in the event that there is fraudulent or unlawful business activity on behalf of the principal. Section 369-e of the New York Code outlines the rules and regulations for these games of chance. Violations of this legislation include:

  • Distributing prizes to predetermined winners
  • Failing to file with the Secretary of State a listing of the name and address of each winner of every prize in excess of $25
  • Forcing a retail dealer to participate in the promotion
  • Distributing false or misleading information concerning the game
  • Failing to post the rules and regulations of the game in prominent promotional areas

For an extensive list of rules and regulations concerning these games of chance, visit the “Important Links” section.

If the obligee files a valid claim against the bond, the surety will compensate the obligee for damages up to the penal sum of the bond. The principal must then repay the surety that amount of money.

Games of chance bond details

Games of chance bonds are required by the New York Secretary of State for promoters of games with over $5,000 in prize money in connection with the advertising or sale of consumer products and services. The bond requirement is equivalent to the amount of prize money associated with the game of chance. The bond automatically terminates once the game has concluded and there are no pending claims against the bond. There is no cancellation clause associated with this bond.

Become a game of chance promoter

For promoters to implement a game of chance in connection with the sale of commodities with more than $5,000 in prize money, they need to submit a registration form with the Secretary of State. Required information in this form includes:

  • $100 application fee
  • Name and address of individual or firm proposing game
  • Geographic area covered by promotion
  • Description of game
  • Time period of game
  • Proportionate opportunity of winning prizes
  • Number of entries available
  • Number of prize winning chances
  • Retail value of prizes

Check out the games of chance registration form in the “Additional information” section for more information.

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Additional information

  • New York Games of Chance Bond Form
  • Games of Chance Registration
  • New York Code: Section 369-e, General Business Law
  • Games of Chance Information
  • New York Secretary of State