Apply for a raffle licence

  1. Before you apply
  2. Choose the type of raffle licence you need
  3. Create a sample ticket
  4. Identify and guarantee your prizes
  5. Pay your fees
  6. Submit your application package, supporting documents and fees
  1. Before you apply

    All not-for-profit organizations need a licence to hold a raffle. A raffle is a lottery scheme where tickets are sold for a random chance of winning a prize.

    Follow the steps outlined here. This will ensure you complete the licence application process correctly.
     

    Confirm your organization’s eligibility


    Review terms and conditions

    Before you apply, you should learn the terms and conditions for holding raffles.


    Get your board of directors’ approval

    Your board of directors must pre-approve your application for a raffle licence.

    1. Have the board pass a motion approving your application.
    2. Record this motion in your organization’s minutes.
    3. Provide a copy of the minutes with your application.

     

  2. Choose the type of raffle licence you need

    You'll need to identify which type of raffle licence you're applying for.


    Regular ticket raffle

    A regular raffle ticket is the most common type of raffle licence. People who purchase tickets provide contact information on the ticket stub, which is kept by the seller. Prize winners are determined by drawing ticket stubs from a container.


    Single-day raffle

    A single-day raffle is often referred to as a 50/50 draw or roll-ticket draw. Ticket sales and draws take place within a 7-hour period on a single day at a single location. Tickets come in 2 portions, both with the same number. 1 portion is given to the buyer, and the other is retained by the seller for the prize draw.

  3. Create a sample ticket

    Provide a mock-up of your ticket with your application package.

    This sample ticket template can serve as a guide. It identifies the essential information your ticket must contain.

    Raffle tickets must be commercially printed.


    Single-day raffle exception

    You do not need to print tickets if you'll be using roll tickets for a single-day raffle (50/50) licence.

     

  4. Identify and guarantee your prizes

    On your application, you must identify:

    • all the prizes you'll award to raffle winners;
    • the estimated retail value of prizes; and
    • the cost you're paying for the prizes.


    If you're receiving a discount or a prize is being donated, then retail value and cost to you may be different.

    As a condition of your licence, you must give away all raffle prizes. This applies even if the money raised from the raffle cannot pay for the prizes.


    If the total value of all prizes to be awarded is more than $5,000

    A person or a financial institution must guarantee that the prize will be available.

    Download either:

    Have the person or financial institution complete the applicable form and submit with your licence application.

    You must award the most valuable prize 1st, followed by the next most valuable prize, and so on.


    Single-day raffle exception

    A raffle,where prizes are a portion of the day’s sales, such as a 50/50, does not require a prize guarantee.

     

  5. Pay your fees


    Fees

    You will need to submit your licence fee with your application. We determine the fee for a raffle based on the planned greatest value of ticket sales.

    Ticket sale value

    Licence fee

    $1,000 or less

    $10

    $1,001 to $5,000

    $25

    $5,001 to $10,000

    $50

    $10,001 to $15,000

    $75

    $15,001 to $20,000

    $100

    $20,001 to $25,000

    $125

    $25,001 to $30,000

    $150

    $30,001 to $35,000

    $175

    $35,001 to $40,000

    $200

    $40,001 to $45,000

    $225

    More than $45,000

    $250

     

     

    How to pay

    You can pay by:

    • cheque;
    • credit card;
    • cash; or
    • debit.


    Cheque

    • Complete the payment information form.
    • Provide a cheque in the appropriate amount made out to Government of Yukon.
    • After we issue your licence, we'll cash your cheque.


    Credit card

    • Complete the payment information form.
    • If you submit your application in person, by courier or mail, you may include your credit card info on your payment information form.
    • If you submit your application by email or fax, do not include your credit card info on your form. We'll contact you for your credit card info.
    • After we issue your licence, we'll take payment.


    Cash or debit

    • You can only pay by cash or debit if you can pay in person at our office in Whitehorse.
    • Complete the payment information form.
    • We'll hold your licence at our office after we issue it.
    • We'll take payment by cash or debit when you pick up your licence.

     

  6. Submit your application package, supporting documents and fees

    What to include

    Your application package must include:

    • the completed application form;
    • all supporting documents;
    • your payment information form;
    • your fees, if paying by cheque.


    Submit your application package:

    • In person or by courier at 307 Black Street, Whitehorse Y1A 2N1. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Email: charitablegaming@gov.yk.ca
    • Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Professional Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (C-5)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    Processing time

    It typically takes 10 business days to approve a raffle licence. Once we reach our decision we'll contact you by phone or email.

    If approved, your licence will contain a full description of terms and conditions.

    Before you go ahead with your raffle, you should review our information on how to hold a raffle. Doing so, will help ensure your lottery is legal.

     


Contact 

For questions about applying for a raffle licence, email charitablegaming@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-5111, toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 5111.