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Bazaars

A bazaar is a sale of goods held to raise money for a charity. Municipalities may issue licences to allow eligible organizations to conduct and manage lottery events in conjunction with a bazaar, provided the lottery events are ancillary to the bazaar itself.
  
In order to receive a Bazaar licence your group must be eligible under the Alcohol and Gaming Commissions rules and regulations to receive lottery licences. Please visit the AGCO-Lottery Licensing Policy Manual to determine if your group could be eligible to conduct lottery events at a bazaar.

All eligible groups must comply with the Bazaar licensing Terms and Conditions set out by the AGCO and Rules and Regulations set out in the Municipal Lottery Licensing Policy at all times.

There are four types of lottery events which are permitted at a bazaar:

  • Wheels of fortune (max. bets $2)
  • Bingo (max. $500)
  • Raffle (max. $500)
  • Penny sale

To apply for a bazaar licence a group must file the following documents with the City:

  • Application
  • Payment for the licence fee (3% of total prize value, cheque only)

Once the Bazaar has taken place, you have 30 days to file your report including all documents listed below:

  • Report
  • Bank statements for the entire period of the licence (if previous licence, should include from the end of that licence)
  • Copy of all cancelled cheques.
  • Copy of all invoices, letters, receipts, etc. pertaining to withdrawals from the account for this licence period.

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Bingos

A bingo is a game of chance where players are awarded a prize for being the first to complete a specified arrangement of numbers on bingo paper, based on numbers selected at random. A municipality can issue a licence for a prize board not exceeding $5,500 for the following types of bingos:

  • Regular or Special Bingo
  • Media Bingo
  • Bingos held in a pooled bingo hall

In order to receive a Bingo licence your group must be eligible under the Alcohol and Gaming Commissions rules and regulations to receive lottery licences. Please visit the AGCO-Lottery Licensing Policy Manual to determine if your group could be eligible to conduct bingos.

All eligible groups must comply with the Bingo licensing Terms and Conditions, applicable to their type of bingo, set out by the AGCO and Rules and Regulations set out in the Municipal Lottery Licensing Policy at all times.

Regular or Special Bingo

To apply for a Regular or Special licence a group must file the following documents with the City:

  • Application
  • Payment for the licence fee (3% of total prize value, cheque only)
  • A copy of the house rules
  • A copy of the game schedule (including card colors and card prices
  • Bank statement showing that the group is financially able to cover the prize board

Once the Bingo event has taken place, you have 30 days to file your report including all documents listed below.

  • Report
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Bank statements for the month
  • Copy of all cancelled cheques
  • Copy of all invoices, letters, receipts, etc. pertaining to withdrawals from the account for this licence period.

Media Bingo

To apply for a Media Bingo licence a group must file the following documents with the City:

  • Application
  • Payment for the licence fee (3% of total prize value, cheque only)
  • A copy of the house rules
  • A copy of the game schedule (including card colors and card prices
  • Bank statement showing that the group is financially able to cover the prize board

Once the Bingo event has taken place, you have 30 days to file your report including all documents listed below.

  • Report
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Bank statements for the month
  • Copy of all cancelled cheques
  • Copy of all invoices, letters, receipts, etc. pertaining to withdrawals from the account for this licence period.

Pooled Bingo

To apply for a Pooled Bingo licence a group must be part of a bingo association which oversees the pooling of the bingo events. The group must file the following documents with the Hall Charities Administrator on or before the dates specified in the Municipal Lottery Licensing Policy:

  • Application
  • The HCA is responsible for filing this application with the Municipal Office and will be responsible for paying lottery licensing fees.

Once the Bingo event has taken place, you have 15 days to file your Charitable Gaming Event Report with the HCA.

Every month you are also required to file the following documents with the Municipal Office:

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Break Open Tickets

Break Open Tickets are instant win lottery tickets, commonly known as pull tab or Nevada tickets. They are a device made of cardboard, which has one or more perforated cover window tabs concealing winning and losing numbers or symbols which are revealed by tearing off the cover tab.
  
In order to receive a Break Open Ticket licence your group must be eligible under the Alcohol and Gaming Commissions rules and regulations to receive lottery licences. Please visit the AGCO-Lottery Licensing Policy Manual to determine if your group could be eligible to conduct Nevada sales.

All eligible groups must comply with the Break Open Ticket licensing Terms and Conditions set out by the AGCO and Rules and Regulations set out in the Municipal Lottery Licensing Policy at all times.

To apply for a Break Open Ticket licence a group must file the following documents with the City:

  • Application
  • Payment for the licence fee (3% of total prize value, cheque only)

Once the Nevada sales have been completed (all boxes sold or expiry of the licence), you have 30 days to file your report including all documents listed below.

  • Report
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Bank statements for the entire period of the licence (if previous licence, should include from the end of that licence)
  • Copy of all cancelled cheques
  • Copy of all invoices, letters, receipts, etc. pertaining to withdrawals from the account for this licence period.

All tickets winning tickets over $1 must be kept for 90 days. Both winning tickets and unsold tickets must be destroyed once the 90 day period has expired. Once the tickets have been destroyed an Affidavit of Destruction of Tickets must be filed with the Municipal Office.

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Raffles

A raffle is a lottery scheme where tickets are sold for a chance to win a prize at a draw. Raffle prizes may consist of merchandise or cash, or a combination of the two. There are a number of raffle types which require licensing such as:

  • Stub Draw
  • Elimination Draw
  • Calendar Draw
  • 50/50 Draw
  • Bossy Bingo

In order to receive a raffle licence your group must be eligible under the Alcohol and Gaming Commissions rules and regulations to receive lottery licences. Please visit the AGCO-Lottery Licensing Policy Manual to determine if your group could be eligible to conduct raffles.

All eligible groups must comply with the Raffle licensing Terms and Conditions set out by the AGCO and Rules and Regulations set out in the Municipal Lottery Licensing Policy at all times.

To apply for a raffle licence a group must file the following documents with the City:

  • Application
  • Ticket Template
    As a mock up ticket is required with every Raffle Application, this ticket can be used as a guideline when making your own. The style of the ticket is up to the organization but the Provincial Terms and Conditions require the information outlined below to be incorporated into your ticket.

Raffle Ticket Sample

  • Payment for the licence fee (3% of total prize value, cheque only)

The maximum number of tickets which can be printed is based on the total value of the prize and can be calculated using the following formula:

  • Total Prize Value / 20% / Price per ticket

Once your draw has taken place, you have 30 days to file your report including all documents listed below.

  • Report
  • Ticket Inventory Report
  • Bank statements for the entire period of the licence (if previous licence, should include from the end of that licence)
  • Copy of all cancelled cheques
  • Copy of all invoices, letters, receipts, etc. pertaining to withdrawals from the account for this licence period.
  • List of Winners

All tickets, both sold and unsold must be kept for 1 year following the draw date. After the one year period has expired, the group is required to file an Affidavit of Destruction of Tickets with the Municipal Office.