Department of Community Services

Licensing Charitable Gaming


RafflesRaffles or lotteries are important tools for charitable organizations to fundraise. Essentially, they are draws where people pay for a chance to win a prize. Lotteries go back to ancient times. Keno, a game that is still around today, was invented by the Chinese around 100 BCE. Raffles as we know them today, have been around since the 1400s.  

Raffles in Yukon take several forms. Along with the popular ticket draws held by many charitable organizations, raffles also take the form of 50/50 draws, meat and other product draws.

In Yukon, only not-for-profit groups recognized by the Registrar of Lotteries as charitable organizations e are permitted to conduct raffles as fundraisers. To do so, they must be approved by the Registrar of Lotteries as a charitable organization before they apply for a raffle licence.

Here’s what you need to know if you are planning a raffle draw:

Operating Guidelines for raffle licensees >> 

Frequently asked questions about raffles >> 

Operating procedures for online advertising & acceptance of orders >>