How to hold a lottery or raffle

If you’re hosting an event that includes a lottery, you need to apply for a lottery licence and follow the related bylaws. To run a lottery, you must be an eligible group.

A lottery exists if money is paid or some other consideration is given for a chance to win a prize. Only groups that have applied and received eligibility from the City of Kitchener can run these lotteries and gaming activities.

Each lottery must include:

  • a prize
  • a chance to win the prize
  • a fee

If your organization has not received a lottery licence in the past two years, you are considered a new applicant and must first apply for eligibility. If you are not a new applicant, start this process at step 3.

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 Check if you’re eligible
To be eligible for a lottery license, an organization must fall within one these categories:
  • relieving poverty
  • advancing education
  • advancing religion
  • other purposes that help the community (i.e. culture and arts; health and welfare; public safety; youth services and sports; service clubs)

You cannot get a lottery licence for:

  • stag and does
  • corporate functions
  • birthday parties

More eligibility information is available on our lottery licences page.

 Apply for eligibility
If your group fits in one of the categories in step 1, you can apply for eligibility.

Download our application form and send it to staff by email with supporting documentation.

We will review your application and contact you with our decision. This review can take up to 30 days.

Apply for a lottery licence
If you are eligible to hold a lottery, staff will work with you to complete the appropriate lottery licence application.
Get your licence and hold the event
After your licence is approved, you can hold your event with a lottery.
 Submit your reports
There are different reporting requirements for each type of lottery. Check our lottery licences page to learn more. If you have any questions, send us an email or call 519-741-2275.