- Applying for a Raffle Licence
- if your group is eligible to apply for raffle licensing
- how to apply for eligibility for raffle licensing
- what happens after you submit an application
- how long it takes
Who can apply?
Charitable groups can apply if their structure and programs follow AGLC policy.
Things to know before you apply
An eligible charitable or religious group must:
- have volunteers from Alberta, who create, control and deliver a charitable program
- have an elected executive chosen from the volunteer members
- have no paid members
- have charitable programs that are available to all members of the public who wish to take part
These four criteria determine charitable purpose:
- relief of poverty
- advancement of education
- advancement of religion
- other purposes beneficial to the community
For more information on eligibility, refer to the Charitable Gaming Policies Handbook.
If your group has not had a raffle licence before, you must complete this application:
There is no cost to submit an eligibility application.
How long it takes after you apply
A complete application will take approximately three to five business days to review. If there is any missing information, we will contact you by letter, email or phone call.
The AGLC will provide the eligibility decision to you in writing.
Call the AGLC to speak to an Eligibility Analyst:
- 780-447-8600 or toll-free at 1-800-272-8876
The Charitable Gaming Policies Handbook has more information on:
- legislation and policies
- general eligibility
- types of groups that may be eligible
- using gaming proceeds
Applying for a Raffle Licence
What is a Raffle?
A raffle is a lottery scheme where ticket purchasers pay for a chance to win a prize. Some examples include a 50-50 (percentage draw), prize basket, or a meat draw.
Before you start
An eligible group that wants to have a raffle event must make sure to follow:
Total Ticket Value
To calculate total ticket value, multiply the price(s) of the ticket(s) by the number of tickets for sale. For example, 5,000 tickets @ $2.00 each equals a total ticket value of $10,000.
A group may choose to sell discount tickets in multiples at a lower price per ticket than a regular ticket. For example, one ticket for sale at $5 and discount tickets for sale at three for $10.
Add regular tickets and discount tickets to calculate total ticket value.
- 500 regular tickets X $3.00 per ticket = $1,500
- 3,000 discounted tickets @ two for $5.00 = $7,500
The total ticket value in this example is $9,000.
A group must not exceed the total ticket sales of $10,000 for the licence.
Planning for the Licence
Before you get a licence from a registry agent or online through an AGLC web account, you need to know:
- The number of tickets for sale
- The price per ticket
- Prize description and retail value of each prize
- Date and location of the draw(s)
- All expenses, such as ticket printing, advertising etc.
The AGLC does not charge a licence fee for this type of raffle. If you get a licence at an Alberta registry agent, there may be a service fee.
Each group that plans to hold a raffle must establish raffle rules for each licence. For guidance, refer to Section E of the Raffle Terms & Conditions Total Ticket Value $10,000 and Less.
Each group must have ticket and financial controls for all raffle licences.
These may be used:
Making Changes to an Existing Licence
A group that wants to change its licence, such as extend the draw date, must notify the AGLC. This guide lists required information.
Cancelling a Raffle Licence
A group must send a request in writing to the AGLC to cancel a raffle licence.
The group must:
- Identify the number of tickets sold
- State the reason for the request
- Make a reasonable effort to provide refunds to all ticket buyers
- Advertise the raffle cancellation.
Requirements are in:
- Section J. Cancellation Procedures - Raffle Terms & Conditions Total Ticket Value $10,000 and Less