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Charitable Lottery Regulations

Charitable lottery regulations in Newfoundland and Labrador.

March 16, 2023

If you’re planning on running a charitable lottery in Newfoundland and Labrador and are wondering if, for example, you need a lottery licence for a 50/50 raffle, we’re here to help. Before we get into the details, we just want to say that, yes you can use Zeffy’s zero fee fundraising platform to sell tickets online in Newfoundland and Labrador. We’ve written down the steps for setting up your online raffle, but you should keep reading before you get started.

What is a lottery?

Well, in classic Canadian style, the official definition varies ever so slightly from province to province. In Newfoundland and Labrador, charitable and non-profit organizations’ lottery fundraising activities are regulated by the Department of Digital Government and Service NL (Service NL)—and they define a lottery as:

…any game in which you are required to pay a fee or give something to enter (“consideration”). There is a draw or some way that a winner is randomly picked (“chance”), and a prize is won.

In Newfoundland and Labrador there are two main types of lotteries or gaming:

We’ll be focusing on the second definition.

You’re going to need a charitable NL lottery licence.

Like every province or territory in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador has its own regulations for charitable lotteries and we want to help you understand and navigate them.

There are 9 types of lotteries in Newfoundland and Labrador, each with their own set of rules. And, just like every legal form ever written, they will require multiple read throughs to fully understand. That being said, you should definitely read and re-read the one(s) that apply to you.

For this article, we’re going to focus on:

How to get a Service NL lottery licence as a nonprofit.

First, and most importantly, it’s important to read the lottery licence for fundraising rules and regulations provided by Service NL.

Next, you’ll need to apply for a lottery licence using the online ticket lottery licence application. (If you really want a paper application, you can call 709-729-2660.)

We’ve whipped up an example of a ticket with all the info in the right places.

Side A:
Side B:

There are a few other things to keep in mind:

There are other rules and regulations to be aware of. So, please read the rules and regulations.

Online sales, distribution and draw for charitable lotteries in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, you can only run part of your charitable ticket lottery online. That means, unless you ask for special permission, you’re allowed to:

All other aspects of your charity’s ticket lottery must follow the rules and regulations for a paper based ticket lottery with a manual draw.

If you plan to sell tickets online (like, for example, through Zeffy’s 100% free fundraising platform), you’ll need to read: Selling Tickets Online and include the following information with your application:

Some helpful links.

Do you want to use Zeffy’s ticketing for your raffle in Newfoundland and Labrador? We suggest you mention this in your licence application and get approval by The Department of Digital Government and Service NL before you go any further.

Here’s a recap of all the links and documents mentioned in this article:

The Department of Digital Government and Service NL website.

The online application form.

Ticket lotteries rules and regulations.

A sample ticket.

Online ticket sales rules and regulations.

Zeffy’s online raffle how-to.

If you need them: charitable lottery licence regulations for Canada’s provinces and territories.

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