Who issues lottery licences?
- How proceeds are used
- The types of lottery programs for which a licence may be issued
The Registrar also issues terms and conditions for licences, which may be supplemented by municipalities.
The Registrar has a general authority to issue licences. In the case of lottery licensees in pooling bingo halls, the AGCO and the municipality are both involved in issuing licences.
In other situations, the municipality will issue most lottery licences for:
- Bingos not in a pooling bingo hall with a maximum prize board of $5,500
- Break open tickets sold within the municipality
- Raffles under $50,000 in prizes
- 50/50 draws
- Bazaar gaming events
- Media bingo
The Registrar issues licences for:
- Raffles more than $50,000 in prizes
- Break open tickets to be sold regionally or province-wide
- Certain “in conjunction with” games as part of a non-pooling bingo hall, such as Super Jackpot bingo and break open tickets
What is a lottery?
- A prize
- A chance to win the prize
- Consideration or a fee
Therefore, a lottery scheme exists if money is paid or some other consideration is given for a chance to win a prize.
Since raising funds through gaming contains a certain element of risk on the part of the charitable organization, lotteries should be viewed as a supplement or alternative to the organization’s other fundraising efforts.
How do I know if I am eligible for a lottery licence?
Lottery licences are available for charitable, not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate an eligible mandate, including:
- Advancement of education
- Advancement of religion
- Relief of poverty
- Other charitable purposes beneficial to the community
To be eligible, your organization must:
- Have been in existence for at least a year
- Have provided charitable community services consistent with the primary objects and purposes of the organization for at least a year
- Have a place of business in Ontario and demonstrate that it is established to provide charitable services in Ontario
- Propose to use proceeds for charitable purposes or objects that benefit Ontario and its residents
- Assume full responsibility for the conduct and management of its lottery events
The following types of organizations are not considered charitable by the Province of Ontario for lottery licensing purposes and are therefore ineligible:
- Elected representative groups, including municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments
- Government ministries, agents or bodies
- Groups attempting to bring about or oppose change in the law or government policy
- Groups promoting political doctrine
- Municipal councils, municipal corporations and their administrative departments
- Organizations established solely for the purposes of fundraising
- Political lobby groups and political parties
- Private sports clubs, such as golf or curling clubs
- Professional associations, unions and employee groups
- Social clubs, adult hobby groups and adult sports teams
Contact us for our Requirements for Lottery Licence Eligibility Checklist and Application Package for more information on eligibility.
What types of lottery events are licensed by the City?
- Bazaars: A one-day event where any combination of the following lotteries may be conducted: a wheel of fortune event (no more than three wheels with bets not exceeding $1), a raffle or penny sale auction lottery not exceeding $500 in prizes, and a bingo lottery not exceeding $500 in prizes.
- Bingo: A game of chance where players are awarded cash or prize for being the first to complete a specified arrangement of numbers, selected at random, on preprinted bingo cards. Prize boards are $5,000 and under.
- Break open tickets: Instant-win lottery tickets, commonly known as pull tab, Nevada or break open tickets.
- Raffles: A lotteries scheme where tickets are sold for a chance to win a prize in a draw of up to a $50,000 prize value.
View more information on types of charitable gaming lottery licences.
Do I require a lottery licence to conduct my event?
- 50/50 draws
- Blanket raffle lotteries
- Break open tickets
- Calendar draws
- General raffle draws
You do not require a lottery licence for:
- Games of skill, such as mini putt, hockey shootouts, bean bag tosses or darts, etc.
- Silent auctions
Can I run more than one lottery event at a time?
- One break open ticket licence at a time
- Up to three bingo licences per six-month period
- One raffle licence with a bingo licence
What does it cost to get a lottery licence?
- Bazaar: Three per cent of the prize value for bingo or raffle and $10 per wheel
- Bingo: Three per cent of the prize board or $102 per event
- Break open tickets: Three per cent of the prizes awarded per deal
- Raffle: Three per cent of the retail value of the prize(s), including taxes
Who can I contact for more information?
- 1 Who issues lottery licences?
- 2 What is a lottery?
- 3 How do I know if I am eligible for a lottery licence?
- 4 What types of lottery events are licensed by the City?
- 5 Do I require a lottery licence to conduct my event?
- 6 Can I run more than one lottery event at a time?
- 7 What does it cost to get a lottery licence?
- 8 Who can I contact for more information?