A Calcutta auction is a lottery scheme associated with a competitive event in which the competitors are sold by auction to the public in attendance. The purchaser(s) of the winning competitor share a predetermined percentage of the proceeds of the sale.
Calcutta auctions are usually held in conjunction with curling bonspiels; as such, we license most of our Calcutta auctions in January and February. Calcutta auctions have also been licensed and held in conjunction with rodeos and goose shoots.
- Six week processing time
Please click below for answers to some common questions about Calcutta auctions. You can also email our Gaming Licence Department or contact us at 204-954-9400 or toll-free at 1-800-782-0363.
Who can hold a Calcutta auction?
The LGA licenses charitable and religious organizations to conduct Calcutta auctions in accordance with Section 207(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (Canada). If your organization has never been licensed, you must submit background information about your organization to determine your eligibility.
How long does it take to get a Calcutta auction licence?
The LGA requires up to six weeks to process applications. It may take longer to process your application if it is incomplete or inaccurate. The application guide will help you properly complete and submit your application to us. You cannot advertise your Calcutta auction until your licence is approved.
What does a Calcutta auction licence cost?
Licence fees are based on actual gross revenue. Organizations are required to submit a licence fee of 1.5% of the actual gross revenue of the Calcutta auction event. The LGA sets reporting requirements at the time your licence is issued, but fees are due after the event with your financial reports.
How do we apply for a Calcutta auction licence?
Please complete our Calcutta auction application. You can also call our Gaming Licence Department at 204-954-9400 or toll-free at 1-800-782-0363 for a paper copy of the application or to arrange a time to complete the form in person at one of our offices.
Please read and ensure you understand the Calcutta Auction Terms and Conditions before you apply for a licence. You must comply with these terms and conditions once you are licenced.
What do we need to submit with our application?
In order to determine an organization’s eligibility for a licence, first-time applicants and organizations not licensed in over three years must provide as many of the following documents as possible:
- constitution and by-laws
- articles of incorporation and most recent corporate annual return
- minutes of most recent annual general meeting
- membership list
- most recent financial statement and bank statements
Our organization is very small and we do not have the background documents you ask for. Can we still get a licence?
Yes, provided your organization is a charitable or religious organization. We recognize that many smaller organizations may not have formal documentation. In these cases, minutes from meetings and/or letters of support from principals, councillors, priests or mayors may be acceptable. These letters of support should state:
- that the group is in fact a bona fide organization
- the organization’s aims and objectives
- the reasons/need for fundraising
What if we don’t have a president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer?
If the titles of your executive members are not consistent with the generic titles on the form, please indicate your organization’s actual titles on your application. Organizations must adapt their titles to those on the form in a best-fit manner where necessary (e.g. Grand Knight, Head Coach, Manager, Principal, or Minister may replace President). The executive members you list on the application must be the actual elected executive of the organization itself and not members of a sub-committee who have been given responsibility for the charitable gaming event.
Is there a limit to the prize(s) we can offer?
Yes, total prizes awarded must be a minimum of 84.5% of the gross revenue of the Calcutta auction.
Are there any limitations on advertising our Calcutta auction?
You cannot advertise your Calcutta auction until your licence is approved. All advertisements must contain the name of the licensed organization and your licence number. If you are advertising on the internet, you must indicate that the event is intended for Manitoba residents only. Advertisements must adhere to federal, provincial and community advertising laws and standards.
How can we use the money we raise through our Calcutta auction?
Funds raised through Calcutta auctions must be used for education, religion, health, relieving poverty, or to benefit the community by promoting sports, recreation, culture, or any other area considered appropriate by the LGA. Please provide as much detail as possible on your application about your intended use of funds.
We received forms with our Calcutta auction licence package. What do we do with these forms?
Organizations with anticipated gross revenue over $10,000 must submit financial reports to the LGA. Organizations with anticipated gross revenue of $10,000 or less must simply keep records of the licensed event(s) and are not required to submit the forms. All records relating to the conduct and operation of the Calcutta auction must be kept by the licensee for at least three years. The LGA may request these records during an inspection, audit or with a subsequent application.