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14A.70.010 Definitions.

For the purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

A.  "Chain letter or pyramid scheme" includes, but is not limited to the following:

1. Any system, scheme, or device, operated by letters, circulars, cards, or other written or printed instrumentality, or orally, or by any other system, whereby it is represented that upon surrender of any sum of money or any other thing of value, a person may receive in return money or any other thing of value in an amount greater than the sum or value surrendered; or

2. Receipt of money or other thing of value in a sum greater than the value of the money, or other thing of value surrendered, dependent either wholly or in part, upon that person's surrendering money or any other thing of value; or

3. Determination of when persons shall receive a greater sum of money or other thing of value, effected by any system or scheme where the names of persons surrendering any sum of money or other thing of value are arranged so that the payment, donation, or contribution to them depends upon a scheme whereby their names appear at the top or other designated place upon a list according to the number order or rotation of such persons who have, or who may thereafter surrender any sum of money or other thing of value in order to participate.

B. "Contest of chance" means any contest, game, gaming schemes, or gaming device in which the outcome materially depends upon an element of chance, notwithstanding that the contestants’ skill may also be a factor.

C. "Gambling" shall have the same definition as provided in ORS 167.117(7).

D. "Lottery" means a game in which:

1. The players pay or agree to pay something of value for chances, represented and differentiated by numbers or by combinations of numbers or by some other medium, one or more of which chances are to be designated as winning ones; and

2. The winning chances are to be determined by a drawing or by some other similar method; and

3. The holders of the winning chances are to receive something of value.

E. "Social game" means a game, other than a lottery, between players in a private home where no house player, house bank or house odds exist and there is no house income from the operation of the social game.

F. "Something of value" means any money, item of value, or any form of credit or promise directly or indirectly contemplating transfer of money or thing of value or any interest.