Waiting to hear if your raffle-draw numbers are drawn can be exciting - almost as exciting as collecting your prize. But, did you know raffles that sell participants tickets for a chance to win a prize require a license?

This includes 50/50 draws, elimination and calendar draws.

Our licensing staff grant lottery licenses for raffles with prizes up to $50,000 to ensure each draw is conducted legally and fairly. Raffles with prizes over $50,000 are licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Organizations that apply to us for a lottery license to run a raffle draw must meet the following criteria:

  • Has been in existence for at least one year;
  • Has provided charitable community services consistent with the goals and activities of the organization for at least one year;
  • Proposes to use the proceeds for charitable programs and services that benefit Kitchener and its residents; and
  • Assumes full responsibility for the conduct and management of the lottery event.

Individuals are not eligible for lottery licenses.

How to apply for a license

If your organization has not been licensed in the past two years: You are considered a new applicant, which means you must submit an eligibility review to our license office.

If you are an organization that has been licensed in the past two years: Please follow the application guidelines when applying for a new license.

If you're planning to run a 50/50 draw, you must submit your rules and regulations as part of your application package - post them at your event.

Reporting requirements

You must file a lottery report within 30 days of the end date of your license. Please follow the our reporting guidelines when submitting your report.

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