Apply for a raffle licence

A raffle licence is required if you are holding a raffle. A raffle is a lottery scheme where tickets are sold for a random chance of winning a prize.

Eligibility

  • Your group must actively deliver a charitable program or service that benefits a significant segment of the community.
  • Your group must have actively delivered a charitable program to the community for at least 12 months before applying for a gaming licence.
  • Groups must operate as a not-for-profit with a primarily charitable or religious purpose.

Before you apply

The Registrar of Lotteries must determine if your organization is eligible for charitable status for the purpose of obtaining a gaming licence for a raffle under the Lottery Licensing Act.

  1. Complete the Eligibility for Gaming Licensing Questionnaire.
  2. Submit your completed questionnaire to the Registrar of Lotteries.
    In person: 307 Black Street, 1st floor in Whitehorse. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Email: plra@gov.yk.ca
    Mail:
    Government of Yukon
    Professional Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (C-5)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Y1A 2C6
  3. The registrar will contact you to let you know whether you are approved for charitable status. Allow 2 weeks for this.
  4. If you are approved for charitable status, you can now apply for a licence to hold a raffle.

Apply for a licence to hold a raffle

  1. Complete the application.
    You can also request an application at our office at 307 Black Street in Whitehorse or a Territorial Agent, by faxing 867-667-3609 or mail.
  2. Submit the application and licence fee at least 2 weeks before the first day of ticket sales.
    In person: 307 Black Street, 1st floor in Whitehorse. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Email: plra@gov.yk.ca
    Mail:
    Government of Yukon
    Professional Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (C-5)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Y1A 2C6
  3. You will receive your raffle licence and casino rules in the mail.

Fees

The licence fee for a raffle is determined by the planned total value of ticket sales.

  • For $1,000 or less ticket sale value the licence fee is $10
  • For $1,001 to $5,000 ticket sale value the licence fee is $25
  • For $5,001 to $10,000 ticket sale value the licence fee is $50
  • For $10,001 to $15,000 ticket sale value the licence fee is $75
  • For $15,001 to $20,000 ticket sale value the licence fee is $100
  • For $20,001 to $25,000 ticket sale value the licence fee is $125
  • For $25,001 to $30,000 ticket sale value the licence fee is $150
  • For $30,001 to $35,000 ticket sale value the licence fee is $175
  • For $35,001 to $40,000 ticket sale value the licence fee is $200
  • For $40,001 to $45,000 ticket sale value the licence fee is $225
  • For more than $45,000 ticket sale value the licence fee is $250

Types of raffle licences

You'll need to identify which type of raffle licence you are applying for in your application.

Regular ticket raffle

Raffle ticket raffles are the most common type of raffle licence. Prize winners are determined by drawing ticket stubs from a container.

Single day raffles

Single day raffles are 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.

After your event

If your charitable organization's gross sales are $9,999 or less

You must submit a financial report after your event. Keep supporting documents like cancelled cheques, unsold tickets and ticket stubs, invoices and control sheets on file for 1 year after your licence expires.

If your charitable organization's gross sales are over $10,000

You can either submit your own financial report or hire a professional accountant to compile your report.

Submit your own financial report

Submit a financial report accompanied by supporting documents like invoices, bank statements and control sheets if applicable. You don't need to submit cancelled cheques.

Hire a professional accountant

Charitable organizations can use gaming proceeds to pay a professional accountant to prepare a year-end financial report.

Contact: 

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