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Charitable Gaming Regulations in British Columbia

British Columbia has its own regulations for charitable gaming. At Simplyk, we strive to make your work simpler. We’ve broken down some of the regulations of online gaming in your province, so that you can easily set up a successful draw for your organization. Keep in mind that if you are looking to raise money through a prize draw, raffle, 50/50 or other game, you will need to follow the regulations imposed by the Government of British Columbia and obtain a license.

Online sales and distribution for charitable gaming

In British Columbia, you can use online payment methods, such as Simplyk’s ticketing for your raffles. The types of gaming allowed online include: prize raffles, bingo and 50/50 draws. The conditions for online sale are:

  • can only be used as a method for accepting and buying tickets
  • the buyer’s address must be confirmed to be in British Columbia
  • the ticket must then be generated manually by the organization and sent to the buyer by mail or scan.
  • the payment method must be PCI compliant

Online ticket distribution is only permitted if the organization has applied and been approved to use an Electronic Raffle System (ERS). An ERS must be approved by the registered and certified by the Government of British Columbia. Simplyk is not a registered ERS.

Do you want the specifics on the rules for electronic sales? You can find them in section 17.3 of the BC Licensed Charitable Gaming Rules.

Online draw for charitable gaming

The draw of winners cannot be done online or through electronic methods unless the organization is using an Eletronic Raffle System.

Unsure about how the regulations apply to your use of online methods for your gaming? We suggest you include how you plan to sell and distribute your tickets when applying for your gaming license.

*This page is under construction. We are adding new information about regulations for the province as we get updated on them. If you have any insight about online charitable gaming in British Columbia, feel free to write to me at rowan@simplyk.io .

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Charitable Lottery Regulations in Alberta

Alberta has its own regulations for charitable lotteries. At Simplyk, we strive to make your work simpler. We’ve broken down some of the regulations of online gaming in your province, so that you can easily set up a successful raffle for your organization. Keep in mind that if you are looking to raise money through a prize draw, raffle, 50/50 or other game, you will need to follow the regulations imposed by the Alberta Gaming Liquor & Cannabis Agency and obtain a license.

Online sales, distribution and draw for charitable gaming

In Alberta, the online gaming rules are different depending on the total ticket value. The total ticket value is the number of tickets multiplied by the price of each ticket.

For any game with the total ticket value below $100,000, you can use online payment methods, such as Simplyk’s ticketing for your raffles. There are certain conditions that apply:

  • the tickets or ticket numbers cannot be distributed electronically
  • the tickets must be mailed to purchasers
  • a random number generator cannot be used to determine the winner, a manual draw must be done
  • ticket buyers must be 18 years or older and a resident of Alberta with an Alberta mailing address
  • the payment method must be PCI compliant

Do you want more specifics on the rules for online gaming? You can find them in the Alberta Electronic Raffle Handbook.

For any draws with total ticket value over $100,000, an electronic raffle system can be used through a registered gaming supplier.

Unsure about how the regulations apply to your use of online methods for your gaming? We suggest you include how you plan to sell and distribute your tickets when applying for your gaming license.

*This page is under construction. We are adding new information about regulations for the province as we get updated on them. If you have any insight about online charitable gaming in British Columbia, feel free to write to me at rowan@simplyk.io .

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Charitable Lottery Regulations in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has its own regulations for charitable lotteries. At Simplyk, we strive to make your work simpler. We’ve broken down some of the regulations of online gaming in your province, so that you can easily set up a successful raffle for your organization. Keep in mind that if you are looking to raise money through a prize draw, raffle, 50/50 or other game, you will need to follow the regulations imposed by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) and obtain a license.

Online sales, distribution and draw for charitable gaming

To take payment online, distribute tickets electronically or use an electronic number generator to draw winners, your charity must be approved by the SLGA to use an Electronic Raffle System. You may also need to use a gaming operator certified by the SLGA.

Online platforms not certified by the SLGA can be used to:

  • advertise the raffle or draw
  • accept orders for tickets that will then be paid for and delivered offline

If you want to use an external online platform like Simplyk’s ticketing, we suggest you make the request during your application for the license.

Do you want more specifics on the rules for online gaming? You can find them in section 9 of the SLGA Raffle Terms and Conditions.

Unsure about how the regulations apply to your use of online methods? Include how you plan to sell and distribute your tickets when applying for your gaming license so that you ensure you get the proper approval.

*This page is under construction. We add new information about regulations for the province as we get updated it. If you have any insight about online charitable gaming in Saskatchewan, feel free to write to me at rowan@simplyk.io .

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Charitable Lottery Regulations in Manitoba

Manitoba has its own regulations for charitable lotteries. At Simplyk, we strive to make your work simpler. We’ve broken down some of the regulations of online gaming in your province, so that you can easily set up a successful raffle for your organization. Keep in mind that if you are looking to raise money through a raffle, you will need to follow the regulations imposed by the Liquor Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba and obtain a license.

Online sales, distribution and draw for charitable raffles

Your lottery has to be approved to use an electronic raffle system to sell, distribute and draw tickets electronically. To make this request, complete the appendix for electronic raffle systems when applying for your license. If you would like to use Simplyk to process payments and distribute tickets, you’ll need to name Simplyk as the Third Party in the appendix.

Unsure about how the regulations apply to your use of online methods for your raffle? We suggest you include how you plan to sell and distribute your tickets when applying for your gaming license.

*This page is under construction. We add new information about regulations for the province as we get updated it. If you have any insight about online charitable gaming in British Columbia, feel free to write to me at rowan@simplyk.io .

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Charitable Lottery Regulations in New Brunswick

New Brunswick has its own regulations for charitable gaming. At Simplyk, we strive to make your work simpler. We’ve broken down some of the regulations for online gaming in your province, so that you can easily set up a successful raffle or draw for your organization. Keep in mind that if you are looking to raise money through a prize draw, raffle, 50/50 or other game, you will need to follow the regulations imposed by New Brunswick’s Department of Public Safety, Gaming, Liquor and Security Licensing Branch and obtain a license.

Online sales, distribution and draw for charitable gaming

To conduct any of your charity’s lottery online, you will need to get approval from the branch during your application. Tickets must be printed and the physical copy must be distributed to the buyer unless other electronic methods are approved by the licensing branch, as outline in the terms and conditions. There are also licensed gaming suppliers that provide electronic methods for raffles.

Do you want to use Simplyk’s ticketing for your raffle in New Brunswick? We suggest you include this in your license application and get approval by the Gaming Department before doing so.

*This page is under construction. We add new information about regulations for the province as we get updated on it. If you have any insight on online charitable gaming in New Brunswick, feel free to write to me at rowan@simplyk.io .

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Charitable Lottery Regulations in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has its own regulations for charitable lotteries. At Simplyk, we strive to make your work simpler. We’ve broken down some of the regulations of online gaming for you, so that you can easily set up a successful raffle or draw for your organization. Keep in mind that if you are looking to raise money through a prize draw, raffle, 50/50 or other game, you will need to follow the regulations imposed by the Government of Nova Scotia and obtain a license.

Online sales, distribution and draw for charitable lotteries

To conduct any of your organization’s raffle or draw online, you will need to get approval during your application. You can request to use electronic and online services. If you do, you need to explain why you are using these services. There is a section in the application reserved for this. The explanation could be, for example, that you want to conduct ticket sales, distribution or the draw online.

Do you want to use Simplyk for your lottery in Nova Scotia? We suggest you include this in your license application and get approval before doing so.

*This page is under construction. We are adding new information about regulations for the province as we get updated on them. If you have any insight about online charitable gaming in Newfoundland and Labrador, feel free to write to me at rowan@simplyk.io .

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Charitable Lottery Regulations in Ontario

Ontario has its own criteria for hosting a legal lottery as a charitable organization. At Simplyk, we strive to make your work simpler. We’ve broken down Ontario’s regulations for you and explained some of the trickier parts. If you are looking to raise money through a lottery, raffle 50/50 draw or other game, you will need to follow the regulations imposed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Here’s what’s important to consider when looking at the charitable lottery regulations in Ontario.

*We try to keep this information up to date, but we recommend you consult the AGCO guidelines when you begin organizing your lottery. Find the list of regulations and requirements on their website.

Request a License

You should request a license if your games are:

  • Bingo events with total prizes over $5,500
  • Raffle lotteries with prizes over $50,000
  • Electronic raffles
    • A raffle is ‘electronic’ when there is use of computers to sell tickets, draw winners and distribute the prizes.
  • Lotteries held with other games, or at fairs and exhibitions
  • Other criteria include raffles, 50/50 draws and more

Smaller prized lotteries only require a municipal license. Yet, if the raffle is electronic, you must be licensed through AGCO, no matter the total value of the prizes.

Lottery License Fees

Raffle licensing fees are a maximum of 3% of the total value of the prizes. They must be paid to the AGCO when submitting the application.

Timeline

Send your application a minimum of 45 days before the beginning of ticket sales if you are a first time applicant. You can send it 30 days in advance if you have applied before.

Eligibility

Pre-requisites for consideration:

  • Organizations must have been in existence for at least one year.
  • The organization must have a place of business in Ontario and its purpose must serve the province of Ontario.

You are eligible for a license if you are considered charitable by law. You must also respond to a minimum of one of the following elements:

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

Important aspects for charitable lottery regulations in Ontario

  • Follow the licensing policy manual to be in accordance with the AGCO’s lottery.
  • The AGCO suggests gaming suppliers to assist organizations in setting up the draw and selling their tickets. However, other online platforms, like Simplyk, may be better suited for your needs, because it’s completely free and easy to use.
  • The seller and buyer of the raffle tickets must both be physically located in Ontario during the sale. You can state this in the rules of your lottery.
  • The organization must have at least two members responsible for the lottery. They are responsible for preparing all documentation for the license and representing the organization to the AGCO.
  • You must create a list of rules that are consistent with the terms and conditions for a raffle. It needs to be approved by AGCO and available to participants of the draw.
  • The lottery license number must be on all advertisements for the raffle.

Forms to register for a lottery license

Complete the forms provided by the AGCO to apply for a license. You will also need to attach documents with general information about the organization: patents, budget, financial status and sample ticket.

Use this template to create your own:

ticket - charitable lottery regulations
ticket 2 - charitable lottery regulations

You must provide a detailed description of the project for which the proceeds of the lottery will be benefitting, along with its budget.

The application must demonstrate that the total value of the prizes is equal to or greater than 20% of the gross proceeds from the sale of all tickets.

You must provide a financial guarantee if the total value of the prizes is above $10,000. It could be a letter of credit.

What to submit after receiving lottery license

When receiving your license, there are several documents you need to submit about the outcome of the lottery. They must include a verified financial statement with the details of the lottery. You can find the list of documents in the AGCO raffle license terms and conditions. The different documents have varying dates of submission.

At Simplyk, we can help you host a lottery for your charity using our free ticketing service and many other features. Feel free to send us any questions you may have at contact@simplyk.io !

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Creating a successful lottery for your organization

A fresh way to get more people involved in your mission, and more funding to grow your  impact. Lotteries are super attractive, but with regulations and logistics, they can seem challenging to set up. Here is a guide for you!

With so many great organizations in Canada looking to stand out, it’s important to create new ways to engage with your donors. This means using interactive and fun fundraising! Although charitable lotteries are nothing new, they are a great way to attract donors and increase revenue to grow your impact. That being said, creating a successful lottery for your organization  can seem daunting due to the various provincial regulations. Don’t let this dissuade you from taking this opportunity to grow your organization’s community!

Lotteries for organizations are different from ordinary fundraising tactics. They offer a reward to the person giving to your cause. 50-70% of ticket buyers are motivated by the prizes, not your organization’s mission (Charity Village). This creates an opportunity to attract participants who wouldn’t be inclined to donating normally. What’s great is that even if they first got involved because of the lottery, you can use this opportunity to increase your new supporters awareness of your cause.

To start your successful lottery, here are the steps you’ll need to take:

  • Choose the type of lottery
  • Create your tickets
  • Get legal approval

Choosing the type of lottery for your organization

When you host a lottery for your organization, you are raising money by selling numbered tickets, with which the winners will be drawn at random according to their number and given a prize. You can hold different types of lotteries. The most relevant for charities like your own are raffles, 50/50 draws and bingo. For raffles and 50/50 you sell individual tickets that are numbered. When the winners are drawn, in the case of a raffle they will receive a prize, in 50/50, they will receive 50% of the money that was raised. For a raffle, the total value of the prizes usually represent 30-40% of the amount predicted from ticket sales (Charity Intelligence).

As an organization, you can choose your fundraising strategy depending on the audience you are targeting. If people know your mission well, you may want to maximize the income you can make in order to further your mission, so choosing a raffle may be  best. If you want to reach people motivated mainly by the prize, hosting 50-50 might be better! For a bingo, you will need to sell bingo cards, which can be paper or electronic. Bingo is most often held as an event with participants attending and the draw completed in person, so if you are looking to have a game mostly online, this might not be the best option for you.

You must also set a date for your draw, well in advance so you have time to prepare. This is important because although lotteries are fun, they do take time to plan. The date should be set a minimum of 3 months in advance to allow for the preparation explained below.

Set up your lottery tickets

You need to create your tickets, which will have to include all the necessary information required by your provincial gaming regulatory body. There are requirements for the ticket and the stub that the buyer will keep. The information required on the ticket may include:

  • Date and time of draw
  • Location of draw
  • List of prizes
  • Individual prize value
  • Number of tickets
  • Ticket number
  • Price of the ticket
  • Date of deadline to claim prize
  • Location of prize pickup
  • Lottery license number

Be sure to add the sponsors for your event! This template is a great example of what your tickets should look like. This one was made using a ticket template on Canva, it’s quick, easy and free!

Lottery ticket for organizations

ticket 2 - lottery for your organization

Contact your regulatory body

After establishing your prizes and a date for your draw, you will need to contact your province’s gaming regulatory body to receive a license for your lottery. This must be done before announcing the game to the public, because you must meet multiple criteria to get a license. The rules, requirements and prize limits are different in each province. 

We’ve sorted through all of these regulations for you. Check out what you need to know by clicking on your province:

*If you would like to perform your lottery or raffle in a way that is not outlined by your regulatory body’s licenses, contact them directly to discuss your options.*

Reach out to sponsors

To have a successful lottery for your organization that interests people in buying tickets, you are going to need great sponsors and prizes! To get these prizes donated, you’ll need to reach out to current donors as well as companies that have shown interest in supporting your mission. Start with those in your community, who will have a closer tie to your organization. When you are reaching out, present the opportunity as a collaboration by emphasizing what’s in it for them. You are providing free advertising for the company, they just need to offer a prize! Their advantage is to develop a greater impact in their community and receive publicity, especially when you share how amazing the winners experience will be with their product. If you have a point of contact or are approaching a local business, make the request in person. If not, send a formal email. Many large companies have donation requests forms on their websites. They usually indicate how far in advance you should be making your request, but for most big companies, the earlier the better because they use up their yearly donation quota quickly.

Not all prizes have to be merchandise – they could include services, experiences or gift cards. It’s important to get creative and use your entire community when looking for prizes, because the more exciting they are, the more people will want to participate.

Set up how you will sell and distribute tickets

Now that you have your template, how do you plan on selling your tickets? These days, using both online and in person sales is a great way to get the word out. Setting up this type of ticketing is also easier than ever. Keep in mind that every ticket needs its own serial number, meaning if you want to have a lottery with a mix of online and paper ticketing, they need to be numbered in a sequence. Simplyk offers easy and free ticketing services, that allows you to customize the sale of your tickets. Using our platform, you can create a ticketing form, for online, separate printed tickets and mixed pricing. You can also integrate the buyer data you collect from your sales to any application you use.

Depending on the rules set out by your regulatory body, you may be permitted to sell your tickets solely online, both online and offline or in some cases, only offline. Simplyk can help you with all of these options! We can generate and send tickets to participants, or you can simply use the platform to make the transactions. It will all depend on the regulations in your province and the type of raffle you are running. You must ensure you conform to the rules set out by your regulatory body. If you are unsure, it is best to consult with your gaming commission on the best use of Simplyk.

Get ticket sales

Once you’ve set up the administrative part of your lottery, you have to find ticket buyers! This is where you can flex your fundraising skills. You are now providing entertainment and not just asking for donations, so selling tickets will be easier. Target groups within your community that you want to get more involved in your mission. They will be able to reach others and spread the excitement about your lottery. This means contacting local shops to sell your tickets in, engaging with youth groups or encouraging companies to share it their employees.

If you have hosted lotteries for your charity in the past, get people excited by sharing past winners’ stories! Post online about what they did with their prizes and how the money raised from the event was used towards achieving your organization’s mission. This part is just as fun as winning, because your community gets to share in the excitement of their impact!

The advantages of online ticketing

Online ticketing can be really interesting, because it allows you to save the participants’ contact information. When selling actual paper tickets, you might record participants’ information, but online ticketing allows you to organize and store their data. This is useful to reach out to participants for future events and campaigns.

Online ticketing also allows you to easily manage mixed price ticketing. That way, you can sell different types of tickets, with different prices. The variety in prizes will intrigue potential buyers!

Now that you have all the steps to follow, it’s time to start planning your lottery and make it a success!