Order in Council 208/2024 gives the Registrar and municipal councils the authority to issue licences to charitable or religious organizations to conduct and manage lottery schemes.
The following types of licences are available.
Charitable Gaming Event
A Charitable Gaming Event is an event at a bingo hall, where proceeds are pooled, for which a licence is issued to conduct and manage one or more lotteries, including bingo and break open tickets.
Regular and Special (Monster) Bingo
Bingo events are lottery schemes where players purchase bingo paper and win prizes by being the first to complete specified arrangements or patterns of numbers on the bingo paper from numbers selected at random.
A Super Jackpot event is a separately licensed bingo game that is part of a regular bingo event. The prize to be awarded is determined based on completing a specified pattern within a designated number of numbers drawn. The designated number increases from event to event until the prize is won.
A Media Bingo is a bingo event where the numbers drawn are communicated through media such as radio or newspaper (note: internet gaming sites not eligible for licensing).
Table Board Bingo
Table Board Bingo is a lottery scheme where players purchase the Table Board card and win prizes by being the first to complete specified arrangements or patterns of numbers on the Table Board Bingo device from numbers selected at random.
Progressive Bingo Game
A Progressive Bingo Game is a separately licensed bingo game that is played in conjunction with successive licensed regular bingo events. If the progressive prize is not won at one event, it is added to the amount of the prize to be awarded at the next Progressive Bingo Game played in the bingo hall. The progressive prize is allowed to increase at each successive event until the specified limit is reached or until the progressive game is won.
Loonie Progressive Game
A Loonie Progressive Game is licensed separately from, but played in conjunction with licensed Regular Bingo Events. If the Loonie Progressive game prize is not won, it is added to the amount of the prize to be awarded at the next Loonie Progressive Game event. The Loonie Progressive prize is allowed to increase at each successive event to a maximum of $5,000 or until the prize is won.
Break Open Ticket
A Break Open Ticket is a device made of cardboard and which has perforated cover window tabs behind which are symbols revealed by tearing open the cover tab. The winning combination of symbols is specified on the back of the ticket. Break Open Tickets are also known as Nevada tickets or pull tabs.
A Raffle Lottery is a scheme where tickets are sold for a chance to win prizes and includes 50/50 draws, elimination draws, calendar draws, electronic raffles and Catch the Ace progressive raffles.
Progressive Jackpot Raffle
The Progressive Jackpot Raffle is a multiple-draw game where the prize may be either won or carried over from one draw to the next.
Players complete a one-time ticket registration with their local service club and provide contact information. Each player is registered with a unique number assigned to them for the game. The draw includes all registered numbers (tickets), regardless of how many were purchased, but the player must have paid for that draw to be eligible to win.
At the draw, a ticket is chosen and, if the person to whom the number is registered has paid or “played” the ticket for that particular draw, the winner is declared. If the drawn ticket’s registered player did not pay for that draw, there is no winner and the prize is added to the following draw.
Tickets can cost up to $1 for daily draws and $2 for weekly draws. For this raffle, there is a maximum prize of $2,500, at which time the pot must be awarded and the raffle starts again.
Special Occasion Gaming
A Special Occasion Gaming event is an event where no more than a total of 20 blackjack tables and/or wheels of fortune are operated. The gaming activities must be ancillary or complementary to a social occasion. This may include a dinner or dance sponsored by an applicant, or as approved by the Registrar. The hours of the Special Occasion Gaming event must fall within the operating hours of the social occasion and cannot exceed 8 consecutive hours between the hours of 12:00 noon to 2:00 a.m.
Social Gaming means a casual event at which one or more non–casino type social games such as cards or bingo are played, with betting limited up to two (2) dollars per player and total cash prize(s) awarded for all gaming activities not exceeding $500 per calendar day. All bets are returned to the winner. No fee is charged to play the games, and no revenue is generated from the games.
Fair or Exhibition Gaming Event
A Fair or Exhibition Gaming Event Licence permits the conduct of a Gaming Event at a fair or exhibition that has been designated by the Registrar. No more than 20 of the following games may be conducted: (a) Blackjack and/or (b) Wheel of Fortune. Merchandise Bingo may also be licensed at Fair or Exhibition.
A Bazaar is an event where any combination of the following lotteries may be conducted: a) a raffle not exceeding $500 in prizes; (b) a bingo not exceeding $500 in prizes; and (c) a maximum three wheels of fortune with a maximum $2.00 bet.
A Merchandise Bingo means a bingo event where the prize board consists of items of merchandise. A Merchandise Bingo event may be licensed as a Black Tie event whereby the participants play by invitation only.