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50/50 Raffle Updates

*** April 09  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

To: Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, Council Lottery Chairman

Date: April 9, 2021

Subject: 50/50 Raffle Update April 2021


Pilot # 1 run from January 20th, 2021 to March 31st, 2021
o Council engagement has been very good. The Pilot started with 19 Councils and by the time it closed, had 40 Councils actively selling tickets.

  • Top seller Councils are:
    • Orillia 1428 : $3,860
    • Barrie 1626 : $1,890
    • Barrie 10370: $1,490
    • Sudbury 6074: $940
    • Maryhill 6024: $86

o Total sales were $48,290; the jackpot was $24,145. The grand Prize winner was Bro. George Livingston, from Council 1428 (Orillia)
o There was an Early Bird draw of $2,500 on February 14th . The winner was Bro. John Rock from Council 4916 (Cambridge)

Pilot # 2 was successfully launched on April 2nd and will continue until June 30th.
o Council engagement is good. At the start of the Pilot # 2 we had 52 registered Councils, which added to the 40 of the first Pilot (continuing) brings the total to 92.

  • There were two Training Sessions (March 22 and March 27) about 130 people attended.

o Top selling Councils (as of April 9) are:

  • Thunder Bay Council 1447: $600
  • Kingston Council 9652: $560
  • Oshawa Council 8549: $510
  • Ottawa Council 9005: $350
  • Barrie Council 10370: $270

o Total sales (as of April 9) are $7,400 (7 days worth of sales)
o There will be Early Bird Prizes on April 23, May 14 and June 4

The rollout schedule is as follows:

o Pilot # 1 – Jan to Mar: Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Elliot Lake,
Guelph, Orillia, Midland, Barrie
o Pilot # 2 – Apr to Jun: above plus North Bay, Timmins, Bradford,
Newmarket, Collingwood, Thorold
o Pilot # 3 – Jul to Sept: all Councils in Ontario
o Pilot # 4 – Oct to Dec: all Councils in Ontario

• The State Office staff and myself continue to receive and respond to numerous calls from Councils

What is next? Preparing for the July – September Raffle

 We encourage Councils that wish to participate as Vendor Councils in the July-Sept Raffle to send us an email, including the name of the contact person.

 In the meantime, please review the latest presentation material posted in the College of Knowledge

March 23 and 27 – 50/50 Raffle Council Training Webinar (Phase 2)
• Training Session Webinar slideshow presentation by Jaime Libaque (PDF)
• Watch webinar on March 27, 2021, please click here (then press the play button).
• Watch webinar on March 22, 2021, please click here (then press the play button).
• Poster for Council English / French (Note: To edit the council name, number and the assigned link, just please click on the line. When printing, you will be prompted to this message: “Your margins are pretty small. Some of your content might be cut off when you print. Do you still want to print?” Please select “YES”.

 Last but not least . . . . . . .

Buy Tickets


Bro. Jaime Libaque
State Director – Charities Lottery
50/50 Project Manager

April 09  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – English / French Downloadable PDF

Knights of Columbus Ontario Charities Foundation

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.

Download PDF: Rules of Play for 50/50 Electronic Raffle download PDF

*** January 5  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

January 2021

Worthy brothers,

Further to the November 2020 announcement of the new 50/50 on-line raffle for 2021, the purpose of this communique is to inform you of the status of the first 50/50 Pilot of January 2021-March 2021.

The Ontario State Council, the State office and a committee presided over by Brother Jaime Libaque, has been reviewing and finalising the details for the 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Raffle.

After several months of deliberations, the Ontario KOFC board of Directors adopted a digital raffle for 2021. This will consist of a 50-50 Raffle with 4 draws in 2021.

  • Two professional companies (Village Media-marketing and Ascend-technical solution), with experience on on-line fund raising have been contracted.
  • A license from the AGCO has been obtained

The first 50/50 raffle draw is scheduled for January – March 2021. The sale of tickets will start on January 20, 2021 and conclude on March 31, 2021. This will be a pilot, with limited participation of Councils. The pilot project will help us refine the existing procedures for the subsequent draws.

  • The marketing company has recommended selected markets, where they have presence:
    • Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Elliot Lake
    • Orillia, Midland, Barrie
    • Guelph, (Kitchener and Cambridge added)

Information Session and Training

The first information session was conducted via Zoom on December 28th, with 65 participants. Training will be provided in the next few days for the participating Councils.

The presentation material is available at the following link

You could also watch the 55 min Dec 28 video on the 50/50 at
College of Knowledge – Ontario Knights Of Columbus (ontariokofc.ca)


If you become involved in the sales of tickets, your council will enjoy the same privileges as you did in the previous paper-based lottery, and receive a similar percentage of the revenue, proportional to your sales.

We would like to encourage maximum participation councils, whether you participated in previous draws or not. The on-line 50/50 is a project which can be utilised during these COVID 19 pandemic times to generate some much needed funds for the Councils.

Vivat Jesus

Jaime Libaque
State Charities Lottery Director
50/50 Project Manager

January 5  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – Downloadable PDF

*** November 10 Update: Announcement on 2021 On-Line 50/50 Raffle ***

Brother Knights

The purpose of this letter is to announce, on behalf of the State Board Officers, in conjunction with the State Charities Lottery Director, a change to the 2021 Charities Lottery. Specifically, effective 2021, the Ontario Knights of Columbus Charities Lottery will be a quarterly ONLINE 50/50 raffle.

As you will appreciate, the COVID-19 restrictions have made our traditional paper-based lottery impractical. The profit margin between a prize board combined with an inability to sell tickets at commercial outlets is both too low and critically unpredictable. As a result, the State Board requested our State Charities Lottery Director to complete an in-depth review of our current practices with options for the future.

After a three-month review, our Charities Lottery Director and State Board Officers agreed that the best way forward to increase profit margins while providing some financial stability to the Charities Lottery program was through a quarterly online 50/50 raffle.
To that end, working with our State Deputy, Board members and the Executive Secretary, we have selected a Technology firm to administer the lottery and a Marketing company to promote the lottery online. Both have experience in on-line fundraising.
A Pilot project will be launched soon, followed by a province-wide on-line 50/50 raffle which will be explained at our next State Council convention in 2021. Tickets will be sold either online through a link on a website or using hand-held devices. Both forms of transactions are secure and protect your private information in compliance with all legal requirements for a licence in Ontario.

Online raffles are the way of the future and it is critical that the Knights of Columbus in Ontario establish raffle presence before the online raffle market is saturated with similar raffles from other not-for-profit and charitable organizations.

As we embark on this new format let us never forget that the Knights of Columbus in Ontario have contributed to the welfare of this province for almost 125 years. This ability has come from a sound leadership and a shared vision of fraternity among its membership combined with its ability to adapt to the changing environment. Adopting the quarterly online 50/50 raffle in 2021 is but one more stepping stone the Knights of Columbus in Ontario are adopting so that they may continue to help our communities in a COVID-19 environment and many years after.

Over the next few weeks more details will be communicated to both Pilot project participants and to all Councils during the State Council convention in 2021. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact either Jaime Libaque by email Jaime.libaque@rogers.com or by phone (416) 456-7084 or the State Office.

Let’s welcome the next phase of Charities Fund-raising!

Bruce Poulin
State Treasurer
50/50 Project Sponsor

Jaime Libaque
State Charities Lottery Director
50/50 Project Manager

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