Apply for a lottery licence
What is a licensed lottery event?
A lottery event or scheme is one where money is paid, or consideration given such as a donation for a chance to win a prize.
A licensed lottery event is managed and conducted by an eligible charitable organization to support certain charitable objectives.
Who can apply for a lottery licence
You can apply for a lottery licence if you are an eligible charitable or not-for-profit organization supporting charitable objectives in any of the following four categories:
- Relief of poverty
- Advancement of education
- Advancement of religion
- Other charitable purposes that benefit the community, such as culture and arts, health and welfare, amateur sports organizations, enhancement of youth, public safety programs, community service organizations
Examples of organizations not eligible for a lottery licence include hobby groups, political lobby groups and for-profit organizations.
Find out if you're eligible for a lottery licence
Review the general terms and conditions of lottery licences by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) before applying for your lottery licence.
Submit the completed lottery licensing eligibility questionnaire by mail or in person together with the supporting documents to:
Compliance and Licensing Enforcement
300 City Centre Drive, Ground floor - Office Tower
Mississauga ON, L5B 3C1
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If any of the required information or supporting documents are missing, your application will be considered incomplete, and will be returned to you.
What happens next
Once we receive the fully completed application form and all supporting documents, we'll get back to you usually within 3 weeks. If we have questions while reviewing your eligibility form, we'll contact you.
Once your eligibility application is approved, you must complete the following requirements:
Open a designated lottery trust account or a designated business account
A separate lottery trust account or designated lottery business account must be opened and maintained at a recognized financial institution in Ontario. The type of account you need and the recordkeeping and accounting documents required depend on the type of licence or permit you are applying for. Our office will provide you with details if your organization is deemed eligible.
The lottery account must:
- Be a chequing account
- Cheques must indicate a lottery trust account or designated lottery business account and require at least two authorising signatures
- Be held in the name of the licensee
- Have duplicate deposit slips. Keep one copy for your organization's records.
- Provide monthly statements that include the return of all cheques, or a scanned copy of the front and back of any cancelled cheques
Cash withdrawals or transfers in or out of a lottery account are not permitted.
You must have a general dissolution clause in your organizations constituting documents. If you’re applying for a licence governed under AGCO, you’ll be required to update your constituting documents to include an additional dissolution clause about your lottery proceeds. Our office will provide you with full details, if your organization is deemed eligible.
Types of events that can be licensed
The City of Mississauga has the authority to issue lottery licences for:
Individual bingo games with prize boards of up to $5,500. To apply for a licence for an individual bingo event, download the bingo lottery application and review the bingo licence terms and conditions.
Mississauga bingo hall locations
Organizations applying to play bingo at a bingo hall can contact the bingo hall administrator for an application and to review the requirements.
Delta Bingo: 1650 Dundas Street West, Unit 17-21
Rama Gaming Centre: 2295 Battleford Road
Raffles with a total prize value of $50,000 or less are issued by the City. Raffles with a total prize value of more than $50,000 must be licensed by the AGCO. Different types of raffles include:
- 50/50 draws
- Stub draws
- Catch the Ace, progressive raffle lottery is a multiple draw game where participants buy tickets for a change to win a percentage of the ticket sale proceeds from one draw and also gets a chance to win a cumulative jackpot by choosing a card from a standard deck of 52 playing cards
- All electronic raffles, which use computers to sell tickets, select winners and distribute prizes are licensed by the AGCO regardless of the prize value
How to apply for a raffle licence
Download the raffle lottery application and read the raffle licence terms and conditions.
Your application must be submitted to the City along with the following:
- A sample ticket
- Rules of play for a raffle or a 50/50 draw
- A list of secured prizes and their retail value including taxes
- Receipt and/or invoice for any prize over $500
- Two independent certified appraisals for any prizes that are antiques, art or jewellery
- A copy of all advertising for the raffle event
- Lottery trust account number
- Name and address of the bank or financial institution
- Letter of credit or certified cheque payable to City of Mississauga (if total prize value is over $10,000)
- Lottery licence fee paid out of the lottery trust account for 3% of the total prize value
Vehicles awarded as prizes
Vehicles must be new and cannot be offered as a lease. You must provide:
- A bill of sale or a confirmation letter from the dealership indicating make, model, options and full retail value including all applicable taxes
For trips awarded as prizes
- Proof of accommodations or the minimum of a $500 cash prize must be included
- Proof the travel agents involved are registered with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO)
What happens next
We will process your raffle licence application and issue your licence, usually within 15 business days. Your licence will be mailed to you, or you can pick it up at our office on the ground floor at the Mississauga Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive.
The original copy of your licence must be posted at your event.
Break Open Tickets
Break Open Tickets (BOT) are small cardboard lottery tickets. Symbols on the ticket are revealed by tearing open the cover tab, and the winning combination of symbols is shown on the back of the ticket.
To apply for a licence, download the Break Open Ticket licence application and review the Break Open Ticket licence terms and conditions.
Bazaar gaming events
A bazaar is an event for charity, such as a rummage sale or a fundraiser. These events can include any combination of:
- a raffle not exceeding $50,000 in prizes
- a bingo not exceeding $5,500 in prizes
- a maximum of three wheels of fortune with a $2 maximum bet
To apply for a bazaar gaming licence, download the application to conduct a lottery type scheme at a bazaar and review the bazaar licence terms and conditions.
Role of the City in lottery licensing
The City of Mississauga is responsible for:
- Issuing lottery licences to eligible charitable organizations in accordance with AGCO requirements
- Determining and monitoring the use of proceeds raised under the lottery licence
- Enforcing all provincial gaming regulations
If you need more information about applying for a lottery licence, call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits).