Lottery Licencing

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) ( is responsible for administering the lottery licensing program in the province. Municipalities and the AGCO are responsible for issuing lottery licences to eligible charitable and religious organizations.

The Town of Smiths Falls has licensing authority for:

  • non-pooling bingo events, with prize boards of up to $5,500;
  • charitable gaming in pooling bingo halls events with prizes up to $5,500;
  • break open tickets for local organizations;
  • raffle lotteries for total prizes of $50,000 and under; and
  • bazaar lotteries which include: wheels of fortune with a maximum bet of $2.00, raffles not exceeding $500, and bingo events up to $500.

Eligibility requirements

Eligible charitable and religious organizations may be licensed to conduct lotteries.

An organization may be eligible if the organization:

  • has been in existence for at least one (1) year;
  • has a place of business in Ontario;
  • demonstrates that it is established to provide charitable services in Ontario and;
  • uses proceeds for objects or purposes which benefit Ontario residents.

To review the lottery licence application process and eligibility, please contact the Clerks Office at 613-283-4124 ext 1102.

Lottery licensing Policy Manual ( )

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