A sports draft is a lottery scheme where a prize or prizes are awarded by selling a chance of winning the prize to a number of people for a fraction of the value of the prize. Participants may exercise some choice in the particulars of their entry and the winner is determined based on the performance of players chosen by the participant during a series of sporting events.
- Six week processing time
Please click below for answers to some common questions about sports drafts. 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 sports draft?
The LGA licenses charitable and religious organizations to conduct sports drafts 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 sports draft 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. You cannot advertise your sports draft until your licence is approved.
What does a sports draft licence cost?
Licence fees are based on anticipated gross revenue. There is no licence fee for sports drafts with anticipated gross revenue of $10,000 or less. For sports drafts with anticipated gross revenue over $10,000, organizations will be required to submit a licence fee of 1.5% of the actual gross revenue. 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 sports draft licence?
Please complete our sports draft 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 Sports Draft 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
Other requirements include such things as sample tickets, a current bank statement or prize guarantee, and rules governing the sports draft.
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?
No, the prize(s) offered is up to the organization. The LGA does not set prize limits; however, all prizes must be guaranteed.
Are there any limitations on advertising our sports draft?
You cannot advertise your sports draft 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 sports draft?
Funds raised through sports drafts 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 sports draft 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 sports draft 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.