2020 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 53 - Crimes
Chapter 946 - Offenses Against Public Policy
Section 53-278b - Gambling; professional gambling; penalties.
(a) Any person who engages in gambling, or solicits or induces another to engage in gambling, or is present when another person or persons are engaged in gambling, shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor; provided natural persons shall be exempt from prosecution and punishment under this subsection for any game, wager or transaction which is incidental to a bona fide social relationship, is participated in by natural persons only and in which no person is participating, directly or indirectly, in professional gambling.
(b) Any person who engages in professional gambling shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
(P.A. 73-455, S. 2.)
Cited. 3 CA 477; 5 CA 634; 8 CA 290; 17 CA 587; 35 CA 333.
Pyramid merchandising schemes possess the 3 essential elements of a lottery, consideration, chance and prize, and thus violate the lottery statute. 32 CS 279.