A Raffle is a lottery scheme where a prize(s) is awarded or given away by
selling a chance of winning to a number of persons for a fraction of the value of the prize(s). Winners are chosen by random selection described in the licence application.
For general information including when you should apply and who is eligible please click here or review our Raffles - Frequently Asked Questions.
Effective January 1, 2013, the MGCC’s Board of Commissioners will remove Raffle Term and Condition 4.02. There will no longer be limits or restrictions on the number of major raffles held by any organization in a year and the value of the prize(s) offered. The MGCC will continue to ensure the eligibility of organizations, acceptability of the proposed use of funds, integrity of the scheme and suppliers, if any, and protection of the players. Full details are found on the Information Bulletin.
As of May 25, 2012, special conditions are in effect for charitable organizations who wish to offer online raffle ticket orders in addition to those taken by phone, fax, mail or in person. Full details are found in the Addendum section of the Raffle Terms and Conditions.
If you are a charitable organization looking for raffle market information before you apply for your licence, you can find listings of MGCC licensed raffle events here. (Does not include information about Community Raffles - raffles with anticipated revenues less that $5000 - or on ongoing raffles such as weekly 50/50) draws.)
The most common types of raffle the MGCC will license are:
– is where a predetermined number of tickets are printed and sold and winner(s) are determined by pulling a ticket stub from the pool of all tickets sold.
Players’ Choice Raffle – (aka Rainbow Auction) is where players choose which draw they wish to participate in from a display of prizes (or prize packages) and place their tickets in the respective draw bag/bin/box/pail.
Percentage Payout Raffle – (e.g. 50/50) is where a number of tickets are sold and a predetermined percentage of sales is identified as the prize(s) being offered.
Calendar Raffle: is where a predetermined number of tickets are printed and sold (usually on the back page of an actual calendar) and each ticket has a chance to win any number of times during a specified series of draws (daily, weekly, monthly). Calendar raffles can be for a portion of a year or for an entire year.
Sport/Event Raffle: (e.g. Grey cup, Super Bowl tickets) is where tickets are produced with scores marked on each portion of the ticket. The winner(s) are determined by matching the score in the game with the score on the ticket. Tickets are printed in a series containing all possible scores.
Community Raffle Application and Guide * 3 Weeks to Process *
(anticipated gross revenue $5,000 or less)
Raffle Application and Guide * 6 Weeks to Process *
(anticipated gross revenue above $5,000)
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