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Procedures for Raffles (Draws)

  • A raffle is an event for which tickets are sold and the winner of a prize is determined through random selection by draw of one or more tickets from all those sold. The draw must take place in the City of Windsor.

Prizes may consist of:

  • Merchandise or cash, or a combination of the two
  • Alcohol may be awarded as a prize for a raffle lottery provided the licensed organization assumes responsibility for ensuring that the prize is awarded only to those persons 19 years of age or over.

All new organizations wishing to sell raffle tickets in The City of Windsor must provide the Licensing Division with the following information or documents for their application to be considered:

  1. An application form to be completed, in detail, by two bona fide members of the organization
  2. A letter detailing what the raffle proceeds will be used for
  3. A copy of the organization's budget for the preceding and coming years
  4. A copy of a ticket (can be hand drawn) must be attached to the application

Note:  Only eligible charitable organizations can be licensed to run a raffle lottery.

After review of the information presented:

  • Licensing Division will advise the organization, by letter, of the status of the application.
  • Any new organization, once approved, must provide this office with police clearances on the two signing officers.
  • The licence fee is 3 percent of the total prize value, payable by cheque only to the City of Windsor.
  • The cheque must be from your lottery account and not from a general or personal account.
  • Within 30 days after the raffle lottery event, the applicant must submit a report form along with a list of winners and include receipts for each expense incurred.
  • A financial year-end statement must be submitted after the organization's year-end.  Every organization's year-end is different. 

A municipality is entitled to issue a raffle lottery licence where the prizes to be awarded are $50,000.00 or less.

When any prizes awarded have a combined total of $10,000 or greater the organization must submit, along with the application, an irrevocable letter of credit from a bank, made payable to the City of Windsor. The letter of credit should be in the amount of the total value of the prizes with a minimum expiry date of no less than 45 days after the date of the event.

The organization must comply with the Terms and Conditions set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Phone:  For general information, call 311. 

For detailed inquiries about Lottery Licences, please call Gaming Analyst Monica Morin at (519) 255-6100 ext. 1876 or Gaming Analyst Robert Martini at (519) 255-6100 ext. 6586.