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Province updates raffle regulations

The provincial government has modified legislation to allow charities more flexibility when holding raffles.

Administered by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), these changes will allow Ontarians to support charities through a wider variety of online and in-person electronic raffles, including 50/50.

People of legal age in Ontario will also be able to purchase raffle tickets during a game or event, even if they are not there in person.

Additionally, AGCO licensed charities will also be able to pick winners and award prizes electronically through online platforms.

“Raffles are important fundraising opportunities for charities,” says Durham MPP Lindsey Park. “It should be easy and convenient for people to participate. The expansion of online raffles will give charities more options and allow people to easily support causes that are important and their communities.”

The first phase of electronic raffles was launched in 2017, while the second phase came into effect in December 2018.

To date, 2,000 electronic raffles have been held across Ontario through phase one of the initiative.