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Moose Lodge fined over fundraiser for children
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A woman has been fined after an undercover investigator bought a raffle ticket at the local Moose Lodge and charged the lady with gambling.
The woman, Donna Pathfinder, 52, was the one Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission agent Jacob Byrd said was handling the money at the Moose Lodge when he conducted the sting operation there.
In his citation against her, Byrd said he purchased a 50-50 ticket for a Saturday night draw. A 50-50 draw is commonly known here as a raffle and is sometimes used by civic organizations to raise money for charities.
The process, however, is technically illegal under Tennessee law – even if the money goes to charity – unless a special license is obtained prior to the event through the state. The Moose Lodge did not possess such a special license thereby leading to the citation.
The ABC agent went on to say he saw a black tumbler on the bar which contained chips used to draw a winner.
It is not known what the proceeds from that particular night’s 50-50 draw were earmarked for.