(a) “Gambling” means risking anything of value for a return or risking anything of value upon the outcome of a contest, game, gaming scheme, or gaming device when the return or outcome:
(i) is based upon an element of chance; and
(ii) is in accord with an agreement or understanding that someone will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome.
(b) “Gambling” includes a lottery and fringe gambling.
(c) “Gambling” does not include:
(i) a lawful business transaction; or
(ii) playing an amusement device that confers only an immediate and unrecorded right of replay not exchangeable for value.
Utah bans all forms of gambling, so it goes to great lengths to define what gambling is and isn’t. Section 76-10-1101 notes that lawful business transactions and arcade games are not considered gambling. Despite a multifaceted definition of gambling, certain types of slot machines and sweepstakes machines existed in a legal gray area until 2019. That is why Mike McKell introduced a fringe gambling bill to the Utah legislature.