Jan 25, 2016 - Applications to Hold Computerized Raffles Now Being Accepted
The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) is now accepting applications from eligible charitable and religious organizations who want to sell and distribute tickets over the Internet in real time, determine prize winners using certified computer software, and send winners their prizes over the Internet.
Licensed Gaming Online will increase efficiencies and reduce administrative burdens on organizations holding licensed gaming events. At this time participation is limited to certain Class A gaming event licensees, as the new policy is being phased-in:
- Class A raffle licensees may apply to sell and distribute raffle tickets online, and distribute prizes online.
- Registered Class A Raffles and Class A Electronic Raffle System (ERS) users may apply to select a winner online using a certified random number generator (RNG).
GPEB heard strong support for this policy change during consultations with more than 2,000 charitable organizations last year. This initiative, called Licensed Gaming Online, was made possible by changes to the Criminal Code of Canada and will be phased in over time.
To learn more about Licensed Gaming Online, including who can apply, how to meet the operational standards, and what else is needed before submitting an application, please see:
- Class A Licence (overview, how to apply and resources)
- Licensed Gaming Online – Enabling B.C. Charities to Increase Efficiencies and Reduce Administrative Burdens Through Computerization (PDF)
- Standard Procedures for Ticket Raffles (see new Appendix D) (PDF)
Additional information about gaming event licences is available on the Licences page of this website.