Lottery Licensing Policy Manual: Glossary of Terms


Adjusted Gross Receipts – the gross receipts adjusted to reflect the value of American currency (in bingo halls where American currency is accepted).

Arm’s Length – The act of dealing with a person who is not related or a relative but an independent third party. Whether or not persons deal with each other at arm´s length in specific circumstances will be determined by the licensing authority.


Bazaar – a sale of goods held to raise money for a charity. Lottery events held in conjunction with a bazaar must be ancillary to the bazaar itself and require a licence.

Big Link Bingo – a joint venture between the charitable sector, represented by the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA), bingo hall operators, and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). Big Link Bingo is not a licensed event. The OLG conducts and manages Big Link Bingo.

Bingo – a game of chance where players are awarded a prize or prizes for being the first to complete a specified arrangement of numbers on bingo paper, based on numbers selected at random.

Bingo Eventrelating to non-pooling bingo halls. See Bingo Session.

Bingo Game – a bingo game includes all the combinations of marked numbers played for prizes on the bingo paper for that game. If multiple prizes are given out from playing the same bingo paper, that is considered one game. For example, three prizes may be awarded for playing one game: one each for filling a) the inside square, b) the outside square, and c) the full card. The game is over when all the prizes from playing that game´s bingo paper have been awarded.

Bingo Paper – a device of pre-printed numbers on disposable paper, cards or books or reusable hardboard or plastic cards.

Bingo Session – (also known as Bingo event) – the designated time period during which a collection of bingo games, as listed on an approved bingo game schedule, is played. This definition only applies to non-pooling bingo halls.

Bingo Sponsors´ Association – See Hall Charities Association (HCA).

Black Tie Event – an event at which an eligible organization may be licensed to conduct Merchandise Bingo.

Blanket Raffle Licence – allows an eligible organization to obtain one lottery licence to conduct and manage more than one type of raffle event within a fixed time period and within a capped prize amount.

Bona Fide Member – an active member of the eligible organization in good standing, who has activities within the organization beyond conducting lottery events.  “Members of convenience” whose only activity is to assist at bingo or lottery events are not considered to be Bona Fide Members.

Bona Fide Member Expenses (also known as out-of-pocket expenses) – actual, reasonable and necessary out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the licensee´s bona fide members, related to their attendance at and assistance with the conduct and management of a licensed lottery event.

Books and Records – documents outlining financial details of  Lottery Events, including but not limited to, ledgers, sub-ledgers, cheque books, cheque stubs, deposit books, deposit slips, bank statements, cancelled cheques, receipts, invoices and control sheets.

Bossy Bingo (also known as cow patty bingo) – a raffle event conducted using a large area divided into many squares. Participants draw a number representing a square. A cow is then placed in the designated area. The prizewinner is the person holding the number of the square upon which the cow´s bowel movement lands.

Box – See Break Open Ticket Box.

Break Open Ticket (also known as a Nevada ticket or pull tab) – a device made of cardboard, which has one or more perforated cover window tabs concealing winning and losing numbers or symbols which are revealed by tearing off the cover tab. (See also Break Open Ticket Deal, Break Open Ticket Style and Break Open Ticket Type.)

Break Open Ticket Container – a clear box from which the break open ticket seller manually withdraws break open tickets.

Break Open Ticket Box – a separately sealed box of break open tickets within a deal, as shipped by the manufacturer or gaming equipment supplier.

Break Open Ticket Deal – a set of Break Open Tickets with the same serial number.

Break Open Ticket Dispenser – an electrical or mechanical device used to dispense Break Open Tickets.

Break Open Ticket Graphics – symbols (such as bells, boats or fruit) and any other approved illustrations appearing on a Break Open Ticket.

Break Open Ticket Lottery – a lottery scheme where consideration is paid for a chance to win prizes by revealing a specified arrangement of numbers or symbols on a Break Open Ticket.

Break Open Ticket Prize Structure – the number and combination of winning tickets and prize amounts used to reach the total prize value in the Break Open Ticket type, as approved by the Registrar.

Break Open Ticket Style – the combination of approved graphics (such as bells, boats or fruit) and prize structure used for the Break Open Tickets. There may be many different styles within a Break Open Ticket type, as approved graphics may be used with any type, and several different prize structures may be approved for each type.

Break Open Ticket Type – The “type” of ticket refers to the number of Break Open Tickets per deal, the price of each ticket and the total prize value per deal.


Calendar Draw – a raffle in which a purchaser buys a calendar on which prizes are identified for a series of draws to take place on selected days.  A purchaser wins a prize by matching the number on the calendar with the number drawn on the specific date.

Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) – a federal Crown corporation created to protect the money deposited into CDIC member financial institutions in case of their failure.

Casino – a place kept for the purpose of playing a lottery scheme conducted and managed by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) under the authority of the Criminal Code (Canada).

Charitable – in this manual the term “charitable” includes both “charitable and religious” organizations, as referred to in the Criminal Code (Canada).

Charitable Organization – a corporation, organization (including a religious organization), association or partnership which is created primarily for a charitable object or purpose in Ontario and is operated not for profit.

CICA Handbook – a handbook issued by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants that sets out information pertaining to accounting practices and processes. Licensees must ensure that their compliance reports and annual financial statements are prepared in accordance with the appropriate section of the CICA Handbook, as required under the terms and conditions of their licences.

Concessionaire – a person who operates a concession(s) leased from the board of a designated fair or exhibition.

Commission – the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Crown Lands – public lands owned by Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada or Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario. Only the Registrar may issue licences for lottery events to be conducted on Crown lands in Ontario.


Deal – see Break Open Ticket Deal.

Decision Bingo – In Decision Bingo players use chips to purchase bingo paper, and during each game, players have the option of ending play or continuing to play by using chips to up the ante.

Designated Fair or Exhibition – a fair or exhibition that has been designated by the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming as a fair or exhibition where a lottery scheme may be conducted and managed.

Designated Lottery Trust Account – an account designated as a trust account by the branch of a recognized financial institution within the Province of Ontario.

Designated Member in Charge – a bona fide member of an eligible organization who is in charge of and responsible for the conduct of a licensed lottery event. The number of designated members in charge required is determined by the type of lottery event.

Directive – a directive made by the Registrar to one of more Licensees or gaming suppliers directing the Licensee or supplier to act or to cease acting in the manner specified in the Directive.

Dispenser – see Break Open Ticket Dispenser.


Electronic Funds Transfer – means a system of technology that allows Hall Charities Associations to disburse pooled lottery proceeds securely by electronic means from their lottery trust accounts to each of their member organizations´ lottery trust accounts rather than writing cheques.

Eligible Organization – an organization that meets the eligibility criteria set out in this manual for lottery licensing in Ontario.


Fair or Exhibition Gaming Event – an event licensed by the Registrar consisting of no more than 20 Blackjack and/or Wheel of Fortune Games.

Fixed Prize Board – a bingo prize board where the value of the prizes is pre-set and does not fluctuate based on revenue from the event. The prizes must be noted on the game schedule.

Float – a cash fund of a fixed amount required at the start of the licensed bingo event for the purpose of making change to purchasers of bingo paper, which may be used to pay out prizes if necessary.


Game Schedule – a complete listing of all bingo games to be played during each bingo event, including:

  • the arrangement of numbers required to win each game,
  • the prizes to be awarded for each game,
  • the prices of the bingo paper being sold,
  • the maximum prizes to be awarded for each bingo event, and
  • the name and address of the premises where the bingo is be held.

The game schedule must also include any bingo-themed lottery schemes conducted and managed by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) within the bingo hall, where a licensee provides services.

Gaming Assistant – See Registered Gaming Assistant.

Gaming Control Act, 1992 – an Act regulating the commercial sector of the charitable gaming industry. It requires the registration of certain persons that supply gaming services or goods to licensed charitable organizations.

Gaming Event – an occasion on which a game of chance is played pursuant to a licence.

Gaming Product – gaming products include bingo paper, Break Open Tickets, and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) products such as Big Link Bingo paper and Lotto 649 tickets.

Gross Receipts – the total revenue received from licensed lottery events, before any approved expenses have been deducted.


Hall Charities Association (HCA) – an association formed by all the Licensees conducting bingo and other Lotteries within a bingo hall.

Hall Rental – payment made by a licensee to a bingo hall owner/operator from event proceeds, calculated according to the terms and conditions of the licence. For the hall rental received, the bingo hall owner/operator provides goods and services to the licensee for the conduct of the event, including but not limited to, bingo paper, security, storage, gaming equipment, office equipment, materials, space, utilities and employee services.

Hand-held Personal Bingo Verifier – a hand-held device used by individual players to keep track of and verify numbers called by bingo callers in the normal way. A hand-held personal bingo verifier may only be used long with bingo paper and dabbers.

House Rules – rules established by the licensee to govern the conduct of bingo and bingo players within a hall. The house rules are in addition to and must not contravene the terms and conditions or the Registrar´s policies.;


“In Conjunction With” – where a lottery event is licensed to be conducted in combination or association with another licensed lottery event. Only the Registrar may issue licences for lottery events to be conducted in conjunction with other licenced lottery events. There are limitations on events that may be licensed in this manner.


Jackpot Game – is a regular bingo game. The total prize payout, which may also include subsidiary prizes (i.e. line prizes) cannot exceed 50% of the licensed prize board.


Licence – a licence issued to an eligible charitable organization under the Criminal Code (Canada) by or under the authority of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, to conduct or manage a lottery scheme approved by the Registrar.

Licensee – a charitable organization to which a licence is issued.

Licensing Authority – the authority specified by the Lieutenant Governor in Council as a licensing authority for purposes of the Criminal Code (Canada).

Loonie Progressive Game – a separately licensed progressive style game, held in conjunction with a regular bingo event, in which the prize amount is allowed to increase at each successive event to a set maximum or until the prize is won.

Lottery – a scheme for which a licence is available pursuant to s. 207(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (Canada).

Lottery Scheme – may be defined as any scheme which has the following three components: a prize; payment of a fee; and a chance to win.

Lottery Trust Account – see Designated Lottery Trust Account.


“Meat Spin” (also known as a “Turkey Roll”) – a type of raffle event permitted under a blanket raffle licence. In a meat spin the winner is determined by the random spin of a wheel rather than by a random selection from ticket stubs in a container.

Media Bingo – a bingo event that is conducted on or through media such as radio or newspaper.

Merchandise Bingo – a bingo event where the prizes to be awarded consist of merchandise.


Net Proceeds – the amount remaining after a licensee has deducted all approved expenses related to the management and conduct of a licensed lottery event from the gross receipts for the event. The licensee must use the net proceeds for the charitable objects and purposes approved by the licensing authority.

Nevada Tickets – another name commonly used to refer to Break Open Tickets.


Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) – a Crown Agency responsible for conducting and managing games of chance, such as Big Link Bingo.

Order in Council – refers to Order in Council 1413/08 and any subsequent amendments. The Order in Council sets out the authority of the Registrar and municipal councils to license and regulate certain lottery events.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses – See Bona Fide Member Expenses.


Paper – See Bingo Paper.

Person – an individual, corporation, organization, association or partnership.

Pooled Funds – lottery proceeds from regular bingo events that are pooled by licensed charitable organizations at a registered bingo hall, in order to equally share the proceeds. Charitable organizations within a hall may pool their lottery proceeds and divide them on a pro rata basis to compensate for the fact that some time slots are more profitable than others. The pooling of funds must be administered through a Bingo Sponsors´ Association in accordance with the terms and conditions.

Prize Board – the total value of all the prizes to be awarded at a bingo event. The prize board may be a combination of variable and fixed prizes.

Prize Structure – see Break Open Ticket Prize Structure.

Progressive Bingo Game – a separately licensed bingo game, held in conjunction with a regular bingo event, where the prize amount increases from event to event.

Provincial Break Open Ticket Licence – a licence issued by the Registrar to an organization with a demonstrated provincial mandate, authorizing the sale of Break Open Tickets in each municipality across the province.

Pull Tabs – another name commonly used to refer to Break Open Tickets.


Raffle – a lottery scheme where tickets are sold for a chance to win a prize at a draw.

Registered Gaming Assistant – an individual registered as a gaming assistant under the Gaming Control Act, 1992.

Registered Supplier – a person registered as a supplier under the Gaming Control Act, 1992. (See definition of person above.)

Registrar – the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming.

Regular Bingo – is a bingo lottery event where the total prize value does not exceed the prescribed limit set out in the Order-in-Council.

Regulations – the regulations made under the Gaming Control Act, 1992.

Runner – is a bingo hall staff person on the floor selling bingo paper, identifying winners and paying out prizes.


Senior Groups – a senior group is one in which a majority of its members is sixty (60) years of age or older.

Share-the-Wealth – See Variable Prize Board.

Shutter Board Bingo – See Table Board Bingo Games.

Single Break Open Ticket Licence – a licence issued by the Registrar to a Bingo Sponsors´ Association, allowing it to sell a variety of Break Open Ticket types under the same licence.

Social Gaming Event – an event where the gaming activities are ancillary or complementary to a social occasion such as a dinner or dance sponsored by the licensee of the Social Gaming Event, or as approved by the Registrar.
No more than a total of 20 blackjack tables and/or wheels of fortune may be operated at a Social Gaming Event.

Social Gaming Event Licence – a licence permitting the conduct of a Social Gaming Event.

Special (Monster) Bingo Licence – a licence issued by the Registrar permitting the conduct of bingo where the total value of the prizes to be awarded for any one event is greater than the limit for Regular Bingo.

Standards – standards prescribed by the Registrar for gaming equipment or for gaming services with which gaming suppliers shall comply.  Standards also includes standards prescribed by the Registrar with which Licensees shall comply.

StyleSee Break Open Ticket Style.

Super Jackpot – a bingo game licensed by the Registrar in conjunction with a Regular Bingo event. The Super Jackpot prize is awarded based on a set, escalating number of bingo numbers called at successive Super Jackpot games.


Table Board Bingo Device – a mechanical device containing permanent bingo numbers with built-in shutters. A player marks a number by covering it with a shutter.

Table Board Bingo Games (also known as shutter board bingo) – bingo games that are conducted and managed by a Regular Bingo licensee or a Bingo Sponsors´ Association, using a Table Board Bingo device.

Terms and Conditions – specific sets of requirements attached to each licence, setting out the conduct and management requirements of the licensee. The Registrar issues terms and conditions for all licences.

“Turkey Roll” – another name used to refer to a “Meat Spin”.

Type – see Break Open Ticket Type.


Unorganized Territory – a geographical area that is not administered by local municipal government or First Nations and is not Crown land. Only the Registrar may issue lottery licences in unorganized territories.

Use of Proceeds – the approved purpose or object for which an eligible organization uses the proceeds of a licensed lottery event. Approved uses of proceeds must fall within one of the four charitable classifications set out in this manual.


Variable Prize Board (also known as “share the wealth”) – a bingo prize board where the value of the prizes is determined as a percentage of the gross receipts for the game. A maximum prize payout must be established and noted on the game schedule.


Wheel of Fortune – a gaming device in the form of a revolving wheel. Pegs divide the perimeter of the wheel into sections, each containing a number or symbol. Patrons place wagers corresponding to the numbers or symbols. The wheel is spun, and the number or symbol where the clapper stops determines the winner

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