Awards and Prizes

Members, officers, and employees may accept “[a]wards or prizes that are given to competitors in contests or events open to the public, including random drawings” (House Rule XXV, clause 5(a)(3)(J)).  Thus, for example, a Member or employee who purchases a lottery ticket and wins a cash prize may accept the prize.

The Committee has also determined that a Member, officer, or employee may accept a prize won in a drawing, raffle or other contest that is not necessarily open to the public – for example, a drawing held at a charity fundraising event – but only if most of the entries in the contest were from individuals other than Members, officers, or employees of Congress (and their accompanying spouses or other individuals).  

Any prize that exceeds $335 in value will have to be disclosed on Schedule VI of the official’s annual Financial Disclosure Statement.