Regulatory Compliance Division / Charitable Gaming Licensing
Definition: A raffle lottery in which the prize is one half the value of all tickets sold during the event or defined period of the licence. A ticket stub with a serial number corresponding to a sold ticket is placed in a drum or container for the purpose of a draw. When time restraints do not permit the completion of a stub identifying the purchaser, the purchaser may be required to be in attendance at the time of the draw or advised of the deadline for collecting the prize. Due to the structure of a 50/50 draw, the following policies will apply:
- prize structures based on a percentage of sales or 50/50 type are permitted provided that all other Terms and Conditions for a raffle are met;
- the rules for the draw and the collection of prizes must be included in the application form and in any advertising whether on the ticket or in the media;
- in the case of 50/50 tickets sold during scheduled time periods, such as hockey games, it may not be possible to identify in advance the exact number of tickets and the prize amount to be awarded. Since the actual prize for each draw cannot be determined before the draw, the organization must indicate on the application the maximum total prizes that may be given out during the licensed time period;
- 50/50 draws may only be licensed where the applicant can demonstrate an ability to establish an audit trail and to comply with the Terms and Conditions for raffle lotteries.
Notice: Ticket sales on the Internet will not be approved or allowed, but you may use the Internet to advertise.