Court upholds ruling against raffles conducted by vet groups Associated Press · October 26, 2016 at 6:05 am PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona appellate court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that raffle fundraisers conducted by five American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts were illegal gambling under state law. The posts discontinued their raffles after a state Department of Gaming agent threatened to seize equipment provided by a vendor who received up to half of the revenue. The posts then went to court, contending that the raffles are allowed under state law. The Court of Appeals upheld a judge’s ruling against the posts, saying the vendor’s revenue-sharing arrangement meant the posts didn’t qualify under an exemption for nonprofits. The case involved American Legion Post 62 in Peoria and Posts 1 and 105 in Phoenix and VFW Posts 1433 in Glendale and 1796 in Black Canyon City. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.