Service NL regulates charitable and non-profit organizations’ lottery fundraising activities.
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A lottery is any game in which you are required to pay a fee or give something to enter, this is called consideration, there is a draw or some way that randomly picks a winner, this is called chance, and you win a prize.
In this province there are two main types of lotteries or gaming:
There are also promotional contests where you purchase an item and along with your purchase you get a chance to win something. These are normally not considered lotteries as most promotional contests have a no purchase necessary element and a skill testing question. For more information on promotional contests contact the Competition Bureau Canada .
As per the Terms and Conditions (40 KB) generally only charitable and not-for-profit organizations qualify for licences. Individuals and businesses wishing to raise funds for a charity should contact the charity directly.
What types of groups qualify:
There are General Rules (39 KB) that apply to all lotteries. Each individual type of lottery has its own set of rules, Bingo (66 KB), Breakopen (60 KB), Bingo/Breakopen (43 KB), Ticket Lotteries (39 KB), Games of Chance (20 KB), Monte Carlo (27 KB) and Sports Lotteries (29 KB). There is a Consolidated version of the rules available. There are also specific rules as they relate to Poker Games (84 KB), and for bingo there are specific rules for Loonie Pot or Cookie Jar Bingo Games (22 KB), Accumulated Jackpot Games (27 KB), Media Accumulated Jackpot Conditions (24 KB), 50/50 7-10 Ball Games (29 KB), Satellite Bingo (128 KB) and Satellite Bingo Prizes (288 KB). Chase the Ace Lottery (243 KB).
First you have to determine what type of lottery you are going to have. We licence Bingos (72 KB), Bingos with Breakopen Tickets or Nevada Tickets (73 KB), Breakopen Tickets alone (72 KB), Ticket Lotteries (72 KB), Games of Chance (73 KB), these include card games, wheels or spins and instant win tickets, Monte Carlo or Casino Events (72 KB), and Sports Lotteries (71 KB). Sports lotteries are prediction pools, player point pools and time tickets, they are not lotteries just for sports groups.
Please allow two weeks for the processing of your application but normally it will take approximately 4 working days if everything is up to date. Make sure you have fully completed the correct application and have included all of the required information. If you are applying for a ticket lottery make sure you include a sample ticket (19 KB). You can use our Sample Ticket as a guide in developing your own.
We require some groups to have their application signed or validated by a particular person before a licence can be issued. Below is a list of groups that fall into this category and who must sign the application:
Before applying for a licence a sports group should read the Eligibility for Sports Groups Memo (88 KB) to determine who should apply for the licence.
Funds raised through lotteries must be used for a charitable or religious object or purpose. This means that the proceeds must be used for the relief of poverty, advancement of education, the advancement of religion, or other purposes beneficial to the community. Specifically we have use of proceeds rules for College and University Groups (80 KB)and K-12 Schools (88 KB).
The following are a list of unapproved use of proceeds:
When your licence is issued it’s stated on the back of the licence whether you have to file a financial report after your event. If you have to file a report it is due 60 days after the expiry of the licence. Each individual type of lottery has its own Financial Report, Bingo (75 KB), Breakopen (67 KB), Bingo/Breakopen (68 KB), Ticket Lotteries (68 KB), Games of Chance (67 KB), Monte Carlo (68 KB) and Sports Lotteries (69 KB). If you are required to submit a Financial Report you are also responsible to pay a Licensing fee. The method of calculating the fee is listed on the front of each Financial Report, generally it is 1% of your prize payout, $5 per wheel or game and or $10 per box of breakopen tickets.
If you have a complaint regarding 6/49, Super 7, scratch tickets, breakopen tickets that are sold in convenience stores and video lottery terminals or VLTs, please contact the Atlantic Lottery Corporation .
If you have received information in the mail or an email, or you've received a telephone call or a fax, or you see a display ad pop up on your computer screen stating that you have won a lottery that you have not entered, you can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre .
Complaints regarding charitable lotteries should be made with the organization first. If the organization does not resolve your complaint please Contact our Office or file a complaint with us. To mail or fax your complaint, please download the Complaint Record Form (92 KB).
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