Raffles & Other
Raffles are a popular fundraising tool used by service clubs, legions, churches and hospitals. For raffles under $50,000 organizations apply for a license from their municipality. For over $50,000 they must apply to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
There are many types of raffles including 50/50 draws, calendar-based prize giveaways, blanket raffles and a new Catch the Ace game where tickets are sold until the Ace of Spades in selected. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario recently introduced Phase 1 of licensing for electronic raffles. This will ease the administrative burden for many organizations that depend on raffles for revenues.
Social Gaming events are gaming events held in conjunction with another activity to raise funds for an organization. These events include only Blackjack or Wheel of Fortune and are licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
Approval must also be sought from your local municipality to host these events. Equipment for the games must be acquired from a registered gaming supplier. The important element is that there must be another purpose to your event in addition to a gaming opportunity.