Lottery Licences

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The Municipality of Leamington's Legislative Services Department administers and enforces Lottery Licensing for the Municipality. Lottery Licences are issued for lotteries and gaming activities conducted by charitable and non-profit organizations to raise funds for charitable purposes.

Regulations relating to lotteries and gaming are set out by the Province of Ontario and administered through the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario 

What is a lottery?

A lottery is a game or method of raising funds for public charitable purposes. A lottery event has the following three components:

  • a prize
  • a chance to win the prize
  • a fee or consideration (direct or indirect)
Who can apply for lottery licences?

To qualify for a lottery licence, the organization must be an eligible "charitable organization" or, a non-profit organization with charitable purposes or objects.  Although there are many worthwhile activities and causes, not all are considered charitable.

An essential and common element in determining if an organization is charitable is the provision of "public benefit".  In order to determine if an organization is eligible for a lottery licence, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) uses the following four (4) charitable classifications as set out below:

  1. Relief of Poverty
  2. Advancement of Education
  3. Advancement of Religion
  4. Other charitable purposes beneficial to the community

Application for Licensing Eligibility

Who cannot receive lottery licences? 

Individuals and for-profit groups cannot conduct lotteries. The following groups are also prohibited from conducting lotteries:

  • Adult hobby groups
  • Adult sports teams/clubs
  • Political parties/lobby groups
  • Elected government groups
  • Social clubs
  • Professional associations, unions or employee groups
What types of lottery games can be licensed?

The types of lottery games allowed to be conducted by approved groups are outlined in the Lottery Licensing Policy Manual published by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Each type of licensed lottery is governed by a specific set of rules known as Terms and Conditions. 

Bazaar
Lotteries may take place in conjunction with a bazaar (sale of goods for charitable purposes), provided the lottery events are secondary to the bazaar itself. Four types of lotteries are permitted: wheels of fortune, bingos, raffles and penny auction raffles. 
Bingo

Bingo is a game of chance where players are awarded a prize or prizes for being the first to complete a specified arrangement of numbers on bingo paper, based on numbers selected at random.

Currently, the following types of bingo events may be licensed in Ontario:

  • Regular Bingo
  • Super Jackpot Bingo
  • Special Bingo
  • Merchandise Bingo
  • Media Bingo
  • Decision Bingo
  • Table Board Bingo
  • Progressive Bingo

OLG Bingo Permit Application 

OLG Bingo Monthly Report to Municipality

Break Open Tickets/Nevada

“Break open tickets” are instant-win lottery tickets, commonly known as “pull tab” or “nevada” tickets and the brand name “Pocket Slots.” Break open tickets:

  • are made of cardboard;
  • have one or more perforated cover window tabs that conceal winning and losing numbers or symbols;
  • are played by tearing off the cover tabs; and
  • include seal cards and bingo event tickets

Break Open Ticket Licence Application

Break Open Terms & Conditions

Raffle

A raffle is a lottery scheme where tickets are sold for a chance to win a prize in a draw. The different types of raffle schemes are usually identified by the method of determining the winner. Raffle prizes may consist of merchandise or cash, or a combination of the two.

Currently, the following types of raffle events may be licensed in Ontario:

  • Stub Draw
  • Elimination Draw
  • Calendar Draw
  • Golf Ball Drop
  • Rubber Duck Race
  • 50/50 Draw
  • Blanket Raffle Licence
  • Meat Spin/Turkey Roll
  • “Name the Raffle” Lottery
  • Bossy Bingo/Cow Patty Bingo
  • Auction-Style Raffles
  • Electronic Raffles

Application Package - Raffle Licence Requirements

Raffle Application

Raffle Lottery Terms & Conditions

What lottery games are prohibited?

Any lottery not specifically outlined as "permitted" by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is prohibited.

Section 206 and 207 of the Criminal Code of Canada establish the regulatory framework within which games are permitted. Equally, the Criminal Code of Canda establishes prohibited lottery schemes and makes it an indictable offence to conduct a lottery scheme without an appropriate licence. Examples of games that are not licensable and therefore prohibited may include (but are not limited to): 

  • Card tournaments (Euchre, Texas Hold'em, Blackjack, etc.)
  • Toonie Toss   
  • Dice games    
  • Raffles by donation    
  • Coin tables
  • Sports pools   
  • Lottery events involving betting         
  • Wheel games

Check with Legislative Services at (519) 326-5761 to ensure the legality of an event.

Contact(s)

© 2019 The Municipality of Leamington 111 Erie Street North, Leamington, Ontario N8H 2Z9

Phone: 519-326-5761
Fax: 519-326-2481
Email: General Information

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