Are Super Bowl tickets illegal in New York?
Now that we’re only a few weeks away from the Big Game, chances are you’ll be bombarded with requests to buy a square.
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It could be a friend baking squares to entertain you now that the Bills won’t be in the Super Bowl. It could be your co-worker asking you to buy a square for his children’s soccer team fundraiser. (If you want a square, let me know. My son Avry’s soccer team sells it). It could be your in-laws having fun with the family.
But it’s the time of year when everyone and their moms are selling Super Bowl squares. But is it legal to do so in New York State?
First of all, what is a Super Bowl Square? If you don’t know, Super Bowl squares are basically made up of 10 vertical columns and 10 horizontal rows, both of which are numbered from zero to nine. One Super Bowl team gets the columns and the other gets the rows. You get the numbers associated with your square and if the score matches your numbers, you win.
You usually pay a certain price per square ranging from $1 to $100. Prizes are paid at the end of the 1st quarter, at half-time, at the end of the 3rd quarter and at the end of the match.
So, you think, that’s the game, right? Pretty much yes, so is it illegal to do that in New York now that sports gambling is legal? Yes and no.
It all depends on how you pay for the squares. If you pay all the money you collect, then “social gambling” is legal in New York. If you’re selling squares and keeping some of the money for yourself, then technically what you’re doing is illegal in New York State.
Now, if you’re selling squares for a charity or nonprofit like my son’s soccer club, it’s legal in New York State.
Sure, most people pay a few hundred dollars and the New York State Attorney General has bigger fish to fry, so you probably won’t be in trouble, but you might if someone ‘one signals you.
By and large, Super Bowl Squares that donate all the money they raise or if a portion of the proceeds go to a nonprofit are legal. So go out and buy squares for a good cause.
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