Nov 3, 2015 - B.C. Reviewing New Lottery Scheme "Chase the Ace"

The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch has heard from members of the public and organizations that there is interest in holding "Chase the Ace" draws in B.C., following media reports of similar style draws occurring elsewhere in Canada.

The "Chase the Ace" draw is not eligible to be licensed as a raffle scheme in B.C. because it does not meet the requirements of B.C.'s Standard Procedures for Ticket Raffles established by the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB). These standard procedures are in place to ensure that raffles are conducted lawfully and with integrity and to protect the raffle licensee and raffle participants.

B.C.'s Standard Procedures for Ticket Raffles include the requirement that no cash prize amount carries over to subsequent raffles. This requirement is in place to ensure that if a person purchases a raffle ticket, they will not be required to purchase a ticket to a subsequent raffle to be eligible to win any of the proceeds of the original raffle.

It is our understanding that "Chase the Ace" includes a progressive draw that happens over many days and that a portion of the proceeds from one raffle or draw (e.g. 20%) is carried over to the next raffle. For a person to be eligible to win the portion that is carried over to a subsequent raffle (e.g. 20%), they must buy a new ticket. This is currently outside our allowable licensing terms.

GPEB's licensing division regularly reviews schemes proposed by charitable organizations and community groups. GPEB is currently reviewing if it would be feasible and appropriate to allow a variation of "Chase the Ace" draws in B.C. However, even if the scheme was to be approved, the structure may not be exactly as it is in other jurisdictions.

To view the complete Standard Procedures for Ticket Raffles online, please see: