Nunavut government warns against unlicensed lotteries
“It is unlawful to hold an unlicensed lottery event or fundraiser in Nunavut.”
The Government of Nunavut is warning residents that it’s against the law to fundraise by holding a raffle without a lottery licence.
“Nunavummiut should be careful when participating or purchasing tickets for any lottery where a licence number is not clearly visible,” says a news release from the Department of Community and Government Services.
“It is unlawful to hold an unlicensed lottery event or fundraiser in Nunavut. If you are concerned of possible fraud from an unlicensed lottery, please contact your local RCMP detachment.”
Lottery licences are only available for charitable or religious purposes in the territory.
However, being a not-for-profit or religious organization does not provide automatic status as a charitable organization.
To find out if an organization qualifies for a lottery licence, the department says to contact the Consumer Affairs office at 1-866-223-8139.