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Lottery Licencing

What is a lottery?

A lottery scheme may be defined as any scheme which has the following three components:  a prize, a chance (to win the prize); and a consideration or a fee.

Who may qualify for a Lottery License?

To be eligible for a lottery licence, an applicant must qualify as an eligible charitable organization or as a non-profit organization with charitable purposes or objects.  Charitable refers to organizations which provide programs for:

1)    The relief of poverty;

2)    The advancement of education;

3)    The advancement of religion;

4)    Other charitable purposes beneficial to the community.

Organizations must have been in existence for at least one (1) year before being considered eligible for lottery licences.

The organization must have a place of business in Ontario; demonstrate that it is established to provide charitable services in Ontario and use proceeds for objects or purposes which benefit Ontario residents.

Licences may be issued for the following events:
  • Bingo events with prize boards of up to $5,500;
  • Raffles with prizes of up to $50,000;
  • Break Open Ticket events that are not conducted in conjunction with another licensed gaming event, and where the tickets are sold within the municipality;
  • Bazaar gaming events; and
  • Media Bingo events with prizes of up to $5,500

New organizations applying for a lottery licence must submit the following documents so that eligibility can be determined.

1)    Copy of your bylaw and constitution

2)    Copy of your letters patent

3)    Copy of your current year’s budget

4)    Copy of your previous years financial statement

5)    List of your Board of Directors

6)    Charitable number for income tax purposes

7)    Notification of Charitable Registration Letter for the Canada Revenue Agency

8)    Detailed description of your activities

9)    Copy of your annual report

Ineligible Organizations

Organizations ineligible for lottery licencing include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • professional associations, unions and employee groups, except those set up to carry out charitable activities;
  • elected representative groups including municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments;
  • government agencies or bodies;
  • political lobby groups and those attempting to persuade the public to adopt a particular view on a political issue;
  • advocacy, self-help and other groups solely dedicated to the political, personal and financial advancement of their members;
  • political parties;
  • adult hobby groups;
  • for-profit, members-only or private sports clubs and for-profit adult sports teams and leagues;
  • those promoting a political doctrine;
  • those attempting to bring about or oppose changes in the law or government policy;
  • municipal councils, municipal corporations and their administrative departments; and
  • organizations established solely for the purpose of fundraising.
Reporting Requirements

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit a lottery report to the municipality following the event date.  Reports must be submitted within:

  • Raffle - 30 days after the event has ended
  • Bingo - 15 days after each event has ended
  • Break Open Ticket - 30 days after the event has ended

Future lottery licences will not be issued if there are outstanding reports.

Please contact the Township of Lake of Bays for further inquiries at 1012 Dwight Beach Rd., Dwight, ON P0A 1H0, phone:  705-635-2272 ext. 240 or by email:

The Township of Lake of Bays is bound by the Terms and Conditions of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

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