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 licences to eligible charitable and religious organizations.
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
All lotteries require a licence either issued by a municipality or by the Province of Ontario.
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.
How does an organization obtain a license?
Applications, Terms and Conditions and municipal requirements may be picked up at the West 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.