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Ontario Charities 50/50 Raffle


Charities Lottery History

The origin of the Knights of Columbus Lottery can be traced back to the Knights of Columbus “Tombola” initiated in Ottawa in 1920 by Bayswater Council #1812. Although the lottery has undergone several iterations since its inception, the year 2020, marking its one-hundred-year anniversary, saw the annual provincial lottery undergo one of its most significant changes.

As of January 2021, the Ontario Knights of Columbus Charity Raffle, will feature a “50-50 Raffle” as opposed to a prize board as well as all sales going digital. While the lottery has adapted to our new social distancing reality, it remains committed to use the money raised to help its traditional charities. These include the Arthritis Society, Special Olympics Ontario, the Children’s Wish Foundation, and many other worthwhile charities. Click to see list.

Local Knights of Columbus subordinate councils participating in the sale of tickets will continue to receive a portion of the funds to help support local charities in their area.

There will be four quarterly draws in 2021. Ticket sales for the first draw starts on January 20, 2021 and closes on Wednesday March 31, 2021 at 11:59pm. The draw will be conducted electronically on Thursday April 01, 2021, at 9am. The owner of the winning ticket will be given 50% of the total money raised
In addition to the grand prize draw, there will be an early bird prize of $2,500.00 to be drawn on Sunday February 14, 2021.
Here are the different tiers of tickets which are available:

15 Tickets for $ 10.00
40 Tickets for $ 20.00
100 Tickets for $ 40.00

The names of the early bird and Grand prize-winning ticket holders will be posted on the Ontario State Website at www.ontariokofc.ca.

The Charities Lottery is provincially licensed under the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Commission and is administered by the Ontario State Office under the authority of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Since the lottery program began, the Knights of Columbus Ontario Charities Foundation has donated over 11 million dollars to local non-profit organizations across Ontario.

Rules of Play for 50/50 Electronic Raffle:

1. The lottery will take place online in a series of quarterly draws. Proposed draw schedule:

  • January 20,2021- draw date on April 1st, 2021
  • April 2nd, 2021- draw date on June 30, 2021
  • July 1st, 2021- draw date on September 30, 2021
  • October 1st ,2021-draw date on December 31, 2021

There will also be an “Early Bird” draw for $ 2500 on February 14, 2021.

2. All tickets will only be sold to people who are 18 years of age or older.

3. Must be in the province of Ontario at the time of purchase.

4. Tickets are:

15 Tickets for $ 10.00
40 Tickets for $ 20.00
100 Tickets for $ 40.00

5. Tickets will be available only online on Ascend’s landing page.
6. Tickets will be sold using an electronic raffle system supplied by Ascend Fundraising Solutions.
7. After buying, patrons will receive a confirmation e-mailed with their 50/50 registered numbers from a Random Selection System. No specific numbers can be given as numbers are generated randomly.
8. The winning ticket number will be selected by a Random Number Generation (RNG) system from all raffle numbers sold for the draw.
9. The amount of the 50/50 will be posted online at www.ontariokofc.ca
10. The winning number will be announced online at www.ontariokofc.ca
11. The winner may claim their prize by contacting the Ontario Charities Foundation at: 1-800-759-0959, or by email at: stateoffice@ontariokofc.ca. The ticket may then be brought to the Knights of Columbus Ontario State Council, 201-393 Rymal Rd West, Hamilton, ON L9B 1V2 at an agreed upon time for ticket verification. Winners must have the original winning ticket and no copies. All payments will be made by cheque.
12. The winning ticket holder has 6 months in which to claim their prize from the date of the draw their ticket was purchase for.
13. The winner must provide his/her name, address, and phone number with picture identification for our report sheet.

14. Once the certified winner is verified, and provides identification with photo ID, they will be given a cheque in the amount of the declared prize which is, at minimum, 50% of the total sales for that draw. If the winner cannot provide photo ID, then the winning proceeds will be held until such identification can be provided.
15. In the event that no winner comes forward, the winning stub will kept in a safety deposit box and held for 6 months. After that time period has elapsed the prize will be donated to a charity other than Knights of Columbus Charities Foundation, with the approval of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
16. The above set of rules will be posted online at www.ontariokofc.ca .

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2021 Charities 50/50 Online Raffle Authorized Donation Recipients

Non-Profit or Charitable:
Arthritis Society
Big Brothers
Scouts Canada
Children Wishes
Children’s Aid
Crime Stoppers
Food Banks
Foster Parents
Girl Guides of Canada
Homes for the Aged
Hospital Foundations
Meals on Wheels
Relief Shelters
Rosalie Hall
Salvation Army
Special Olympics Ontario
Catholic Christian Outreach
Catholic Missions Canada

Bursaries / Scholarships:
High School

Community / Church:
Church Renovation
Family Centres
Inner City Homes
Needy Families
Playground Equipment
Seniors Groups

Education / Research:
Birthright Pregnancy Service
Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Planning
Serena Ontario
Natural Family Planning (NFP)
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Right to Life Association

Youth Programmes:
4H Clubs
Handicapped Kids
Science Fairs
Columbian Squires
V.I.P. Programs
Youth Camps
Youth Groups

Help Centre
Religious Orders
Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops

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