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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 licencing program in the province - municipalities are partners with the AGCO in issuing lottery licences to eligible charitable and religious organizations.

AGCO Lottery Licencing Policy Manual

Lotteries include:

  • Raffles - Prize board of $50,000 and under
  • Bingo - up to $5,500.00 prize board
  • Break Open Tickets

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 licence either issued by a municipality or by the Province of Ontario.

Who can obtain a lottery licence?

Licences 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 licence?

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

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

  • 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 Terms and Conditions


Raffle License

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

Application to Manage and Conduct a Raffle License

Raffle License Terms and Conditions

Raffle License report form

Bingo License

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

Application to Manage and Conduct a Bingo Lottery


Break Open Tickets

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

Break Open Ticket License Application

Break Open Ticket License Terms and Conditions