2020 Georgia Code
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 12 - Offenses Against Public Health and Morals
Article 2 - Gambling and Related Offenses
Part 1 - Gambling
§ 16-12-27. Advertisement or Solicitation for Participation in Lotteries

Universal Citation: GA Code § 16-12-27 (2020)
  1. It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, firm, corporation, or other entity to sell, distribute, televise, broadcast, or disseminate any advertisement, television or radio commercial, or any book, magazine, periodical, newspaper, or other written or printed matter containing an advertisement or solicitation for participation in any lottery declared to be unlawful by the laws of this state unless such advertisement, commercial, or solicitation contains or includes the words "void in Georgia" printed or spoken so as to be clearly legible or audible to persons viewing or hearing such advertisement, commercial, or solicitation.
  2. Any person, partnership, firm, corporation, or other entity violating subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Ga. L. 1889, p. 187, § 1; Penal Code 1895, § 410; Penal Code 1910, § 401; Code 1933, § 26-6504; Code 1933, § 26-2705.1, enacted by Ga. L. 1975, p. 1072, § 1.)

Cross references.

- Constitutional guarantee of free speech and press, U.S. Const., amend. 1, Ga. Const. 1983, Art. I, Sec. I, Para. V.


Continued advertisement and solicitation for participation in a sweepstakes where a player can determine if the player has the "winning number" by calling a "dial-it" number constitutes solicitation for participation in lotteries in violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-12-27. 1984 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 84-83.



- Punchboard as a lottery, 163 A.L.R. 1279.

Validity of pyramid distribution plan, 54 A.L.R.3d 217.

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