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Lottery Licence

How to Obtain a Lottery Licence

A lottery has the following components: a prize, a chance to win the prize, and a consideration or fee. Eligible applicants must be licensed to conduct a lottery event.

The Town of Richmond Hill is responsible for the licensing of the following lottery schemes:

• Bingo events with prize boards up to $5,500.00
• Raffles with prizes up to $50,000.00
• Break Open Ticket events that are not conducted in conjunction with another licensed gaming event
• Bazaar gaming events
• Media Bingo

To be eligible for a lottery licence, your group must be a non-profit charity and fall within one the four following classifications:

1. The Relief of Poverty
2. The Advancement of Education
3. The Advancement of Religion
4. Other Charitable Purposes Beneficial to the Community, not falling under 1) 2) or 3)

Prior to completing any application for a lottery licence, an organization must meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible for a lottery licence, organizations must be in existence for at least one year, have a place of business in Ontario and demonstrate that it is established with a mandate that provides charitable services to the community of Richmond Hill/York Region. The organization must clearly demonstrate lottery proceeds are needed to assist in the delivering of its services or programs.

Funds raised through lottery can only be spent as prescribed by the Criminal Code of Canada, the Order-in-Council and the policies of the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming. Expenses are monitored extensively by the Town of Richmond Hill to ensure that the licensees are conducting and managing their events in accordance with all legal requirements.

Lottery eligibility packages can be obtained at the Town of Richmond Hill Lottery Licensing Office at 225 East Beaver Creek Road, Office of the Clerk, Ground Floor. Once approved, a lottery licence application is accepted. A licence fee of 3 per cent of the events' prize board is payable at the time of applying for the licence. For clarification on whether your event and/or organization can be licensed to conduct lottery events and for details on procedures and regulations, please contact our Lottery Licensing Office at 905-771-5514.

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