A raffle is a lottery where tickets are sold for a chance to win a prize at a draw. This includes 50/50, elimination, stub and calendar draws.
A “Catch the Ace” progressive raffle lottery is a multiple-draw game in which participants purchase tickets for a chance to win:
- a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of tickets from one draw, and
- the draw winner also gets a chance to win a progressive (cumulative) jackpot by selecting a card from a standard deck of 52 playing cards.
The Town may license raffles with prizes up to $50,000.
For additional information regarding Lottery Licences visit Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
1. LOTTERY LICENCE ELIGIBILITY REVIEW
If your organization has not been licensed by the Town in the past two years you must provide the Municipal Clerk with a completed Lottery Licence Eligibility Review Application and supporting documentation. Staff will review your application and notify you of your organization's eligibility to conduct a lottery. An eligibility review usually takes 20 business days to complete.
An individual is not eligible for a lottery licence.
2. LOTTERY LICENCE APPLICATION
If your organization has been licensed by the Town in the past two years OR your organization has been deemed eligible by the Municipal Clerk through the Lottery Licensing Eligibility Review, proceed with your application as follows:
Review and complete the Raffle Licence Application Instructions Form
Review and complete the Application to Manage and Conduct a Raffle Lottery
Submit to the Municipal Clerk:
• A completed Raffle Licence Application Instructions form
• A completed Application to Manage and Conduct a Raffle Lottery form with supporting documentation
• The required lottery licensing fee (3% of total retail prize value)
The Municipal Clerk will process complete applications and issue your licence, usually within 15 business days.
3. LOTTERY LICENCE REPORTING
A Catch the Ace Raffle Lottery Licence Report and supporting documentation must be completed and filed with the Municipal Clerk within 7 calendar days after every 4th draw of the lottery in accordance with the terms and conditions under which the lottery licence was issued.
All other Raffle Lottery Licence Reports and supporting documentation must be completed and filed with the Municipal Clerk within 30 days of the holding of the lottery in accordance with the terms and conditions under which the lottery licence was issued.