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Lottery Licences

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responsible for administering the lottery licensing program in the province - municipalities are partners with the AGCO in issuing lottery licenses to eligible charitable and religious organizations.

What is a Lottery?

Who can obtain a lottery licence?

How does an organization obtain a license?

Lotteries include:

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The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)

Lottery Licensing Policy Manual

What is a Lottery?

A lottery is defined as "any time consideration is paid for a chance to win a prize" where consideration (cash) is paid for a chance (ticket/card) to win a prize. Examples include:

  • Raffle Tickets
  • Bingo Games
  • Break Open (Nevada Tickets)
  • Charity Casino (Monte Carlo Events)

All lotteries require a license either issued by a municipality or by the Province of Ontario.

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Who can obtain a lottery license?

Licenses can only be issued to charitable or non-profit charitable organizations as defined by the Gaming Control Commission. The Courts have determined that "charitable" refers to organizations which provide programs for:

  • the relief of poverty;
  • the advancement of education;
  • the advancement of religion;
  • other charitable purposes beneficial to the community

Proceeds from lotteries must be used for a charitable or religions objects or purpose in the PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

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How does an organization obtain a license?

Applications, Terms and Conditions and municipal requirements may be picked up at the North Perth Municipal Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday or from the AGCO web site.

The following pre-requisites are mandatory to be considered eligible for a lottery license:

  • Organization must have been in existence for at least one (1) year before being considered eligible for lottery licenses;
  • 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.

Lottery License Guide

Application for Licensing Eligibility (for first time applicants)

Lottery License Terms and Conditions

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Raffle License

The License fee is 3% of the total retail value of prizes.

Lottery License (Raffle) Guide

Application to Manage and Conduct a Raffle License

Raffle License Terms and Conditions

Raffle License report form

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Bingo License

The License fee is 3% of the total retail value of prizes.

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Application to Manage and Conduct a Bingo Lottery

Break Open Tickets

The License fee is 3% of the total retail value of the prizes.

Lottery License (Break Open Tickets) Guide

Break Open Ticket License Application

Break Open Ticket License Terms and Conditions

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