Lottery licensing

Suburbs

Lotteries for charity can be a lot of fun - especially for the winners. But, certain rules must be followed in order to run a charitable lottery in Kitchener. Our licensing division administers and enforces our lottery licensing bylaw to ensure games are run in a legal and fair way.

Our bylaw defines a lottery as a gambling game or method of raising money for charity, and the prize is determined by chance. Only charitable and religious organizations can run these lotteries and gaming activities locally - and each lottery must include:

  • A prize
  • A chance to win the prize
  • A fee

Lottery licenses are not available for private functions or individuals to raise funds for personal reasons - even if the person plans to donate the funds to a charity. Lottery events we license include:

All other types of lottery licenses are issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a lottery license, an organization must be able demonstrate its involvement in charitable activities for at least one year that are consistent with its mandate, benefit Ontario residents, and fall within one these categories:

  • relieving poverty
  • advancing education
  • advancing religion
  • other purposes that benefit the community (i.e. culture and arts; health and welfare; public safety; youth services and sports; service clubs).

If you wish to have your organization's lottery-license eligibility reviewed, please send us a completed lottery licensing eligibility application with supporting documentation. Incomplete applications will be returned.

We will review your application and contact you with our decision. An eligibility review usually takes about 30 business days to complete.

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