Lottery Licensing

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responsible for administering the lottery licensing program in the province. The Town of Minto works with the AGCO in issuing lottery licenses to eligible charitable and religious organizations. The most common lotteries include raffles, break open tickets and bingo. All lotteries must adhere to AGCO's:

Lottery Licensing Policy Manual

Lottery Licensing Policy Manual

The Town of Minto is eligible to issue licenses to eligible organizations for raffles with prize boards of $50,000 and under, bingo with up to a $5,500 prize board and break open tickets. Licenses for lotteries that exceed these prize points must be obtained directly from AGCO.


What is a Lottery?

A lottery is defined as 'any time consideration is paid for a chance to win a prize' where consideration (cash) is paid for a chance (ticket/card) to win a prize.

All lotteries require a license either issued by a municipality or by the Province of Ontario.

Who can obtain a lottery license?

Licenses can only be issued to charitable or non-profit charitable organizations which provide programs for:

  • the relief of poverty
  • the advancement of education
  • the advancement of religion
  • other charitable purposes beneficial to the community

Proceeds from lotteries must be used for a charitable or religions objects or purpose in the province of Ontario only.

How does an organization obtain a license and how much does it cost?

The following prerequisites are mandatory to be considered eligible for a lottery license:

  • organization must have been in existence for at least one (1) year before being considered eligible for lottery licenses
  • the organization must have a place of business in Ontario
  • demonstrate that it is established to provide charitable services in Ontario and use proceeds for objects or purposes which benefit Ontario residents
  • the fee is always 3% of the total retail value of the prizes to be awarded

Useful Forms

General Lottery License Terms and Conditions

Raffle License
Application to Manage and Conduct a Raffle Lottery
Raffle License Terms and Conditions
Raffle License Report Form

Blanket Raffle License
Application to Manage and Conduct a Raffle Lottery
Application to Manage and Conduct a Blanket Raffle Lottery
Blanket Raffle License Report Form

Break Open Tickets
Break Open Ticket License Application
Break Open Ticket License Terms and Conditions
Break Open Ticket Lottery Report

Bingo License
Application to Manage and Conduct a Bingo Lottery
Regular and Special Bingo License Terms and Conditions
Bingo Lottery Report