You can apply for or renew lottery licences/permits and submit event specific report forms by email, or mail. For in-person service you must book an appointment through the online booking system (walk-ins will not be accepted). For more information, email lotterylicences@toronto.ca or call 416-392-7037.

The City licences paper-based raffles with prizes up to $50,000, including but not limited to, 50/50, elimination, calendar and catch-the-ace-draws, to eligible non-profit charitable organizations.

For paper-based raffles with prizes over $50,000 and all electronic raffles, contact the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)

An electronic raffle is the use of computers for the sale of tickets, the selection of winners and the distribution of prizes.

Eligibility

Your organization may be eligible if it:

  • Has been in existence and has provided charitable community services consistent with the goals and activities of the organization for at least one year in Toronto
  • Proposes to use the proceeds for charitable programs and services that benefit Toronto and its residents
  • Assumes full responsibility for the conduct and management of the lottery event

An individual is not eligible for a lottery licence.

How to Apply

Your organization is a New Applicant if it has not been licenced for any type of lottery event in the past two years.

New Applicants must submit to Gaming Services:

Gaming Services will review your application and within 30 days will notify you in writing of your organization’s eligibility to conduct a lottery.

Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Once you have received Eligibility approval:

Submit to Gaming Services:

Gaming Services will process and issue your licence within 15 business days. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Returning Applicants should:

Once completed returning applicants should submit to Gaming Services:

Gaming Services will process and issue your licence within 15 business days. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Payments can be made online once you have received your invoice number. Payments can also be submitted by cheque. Please make cheques payable to the Treasurer, City of Toronto. See contact information for mailing address.