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Lottery Licensing

A municipality may issue a licence to eligible local charitable or religious organizations for lottery events where the prize is less than $50,000. There must be three components - a prize, a chance to win and a fee.

An organization must be non-profit or charitable and have been operating for at least one year. Eligibility and application requirements are explained below.

1st Step: Are you eligible to have a lottery licence?

To qualify for a lottery licence in the Province of Ontario, an organization must have a demonstrated charitable or religious mandate. Some of these mandates include:

  • Relieves Poverty
  • Advances Education
  • Advances Religion
  • Benefits the Community

Some examples of eligible organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • Minor Sports leagues (under 18 yrs. of age)
  • Service Clubs
  • Religious Organizations

All lottery proceeds must have a direct benefit to residents of Ontario.

Before getting a lottery licence, please read the Eligibility review and fill out the Eligibility Application.

Eligibility Application to be submitted to the Lottery Licensing Clerk.

2nd Step: Lottery Licence Applications

Each organization is required to open up a Lottery Trust Account at their financial institution. A trust account ensures that all lottery proceeds are protected.

Lottery License Applications to be submitted to the Lottery Licensing Clerk.

3rd Step: Lottery Reports

All items listed in the reporting check list are required with your final report.

Lottery Reports to be submitted 30 days after event or license period to the Lottery Licensing Clerk.