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Wyckoff Voters Decisively Say Yes to 'Games of Chance'

Tricky trays and other raffles will be allowed in the township

Wyckoff voted overwhelmingly to repeal a ban on games of chance on Election Day.

In the first unofficial results, 3,812 voters chose to overturn the ban on games of chance, and 922 Wyckoff residents voted to keep the ban intact.

With that decisive vote, the township will allow raffles, which are often used at events held by local charities and goodwill organizations as a means to raise operating funds.

An ordinance was introduced before the Wyckoff Township Committee  in July, which left the fate of a provincial ban on raffles and other games of chance in the hands of Wyckoff voters on Election Day.

This wasn't the first time voters were being asked whether or not they'd like to see the the ban beaten back. Voters here failed to act on a measure to allow for raffles back in 1954, according to the text of the ordinance.

A number of Wyckoff organizations lobbied to have games of chance allowed over the last several months.

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NLTITAN November 07, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I can't believe you people - we already had games of chance in this town. SCRATCH OFFS - LOTTERY TICKETS! Come on people!
Gary Rabinowitz November 07, 2012 at 04:08 PM
"Games of chance" fund raisers are band-aids masking (and thus delaying resolution of) serious problems. The longer we can hold raffles, the less inclined we are to deal head on, in a serious way, with (by example) ridiculous education budget laws that funnel our money to the perpetually failing urban schools or the lack of jobs or income growth (thus necessitating constant fund raising, people taking on more debt, etc.). Disappointing example for our children -- we keep kicking cans down the road.... GXR
Q November 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I find the games of chance to be a fun way to donate to the various organizations that host them. Way to go, Wyckoff.

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