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Procedures for Raffle Lottery Licensing (Draws)

A raffle is an event for which tickets are sold and the winner of a prize is determined through random selection by draw of one or more tickets from all those sold. The draw must take place in the City of Sarnia.

Prizes may consist of:

  • Merchandise or cash, or a combination of the two

  • Alcohol may be awarded as a prize for a raffle lottery provided the licensed organization assumes responsibility for ensuring that the prize is awarded only to those persons 19 years of age or over.

Only approved charitable organizations are eligible for lottery licenses as per the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.  If your charitable organization is interested in applying for a lottery licence an eligibility review must first be conducted.

Please download the document Requirements for Running Lotteries for further information.

Lotteries for charity can be a lot of fun - especially for the winners. But, certain rules must be followed in order to run a charitable lottery in Sarnia. We work together with the Sarnia Police and AGCO to ensure games are run in a legal and fair way. Eligible groups are able to submit an application for lottery licence. 3rd party groups wishing to help a charitable group are encouraged to speak directly with the organization, as licences are only able to be issued to the licenced group. Email us at lottery@sarnia.ca or call 519-332-0330 Ext. 3350 for more information.

Please Note: Prior to applying for any lottery licensing, please be advised that all organizations must be in existence for a 12-month (1-year) period and that lottery fundraising is not the only source of generating revenue.

After review of the information presented and approved the organization will submit:

  • A completed application form

  • The licence fee is 3 percent of the total prize value or a minimum of $25.00, payable by cheque only from the lottery trust account to the City of Sarnia.

  • A copy of a ticket (can be hand drawn) must be attached to the application

A report must be submitted to the City of Sarnia 30 days after the event has been held.

When any prizes awarded have a combined total of $10,000 or greater the organization must submit, along with the application, an irrevocable letter of credit from a bank, made payable to the City of Sarnia. The letter of credit should be in the amount of the total value of the prizes with a minimum expiry date of no less than 45 days after the date of the event.

The organization must comply with the Terms and Conditions set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

For further information, please contact Customer Service at 519-332-0330 Extension 3350 or customerservice@sarnia.ca.


Raffle Application
Raffle Report
Blanket Raffle Application
Blanket Raffle Report

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