Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis has introduced new electronic options for charity raffles across the province.
In a news release Friday, AGLC announced that online sales of 50/50 tickets will be made available to all adult Albertans.
AGLC’s president and CEO noted this change will help charities expand their reach and increase proceeds for programs and services that Albertans rely on every day.
“The opportunity for organizations to offer online 50/50 ticket sales is a terrific step forward for Alberta’s charities,” Alain Maisonneuve said.
“Adults in all corners of the province will now get a chance to support causes that are important to them from the ease of their smartphones and laptops.”
Online ticket sales are something the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has been vying for since 2019, when the Toronto Raptors pulled in $450,000 during game one of the NBA finals thanks to the expansion to online sales.
“We’ve seen how big the pot can get… $337,000 is the record at an Oilers game and we expect it to go higher now under this new format,” executive director of the foundation Natalie Minkler said.
“We’ve always had a wonderful response from our Oilers fans on our 50/50 program in-game.”
Minkler added that online ticket sales will help further charities reach during a time of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the league gets back up and running and jumps into playoffs, Minkler said the foundation will have a solid plan on 50/50 raffles soon.
“Further details will be announced in the coming weeks, but this is new for us,” she said.
“We want to get it up and running for our games first and foremost, and then expand where we can.”
The move to an online format is also a welcome change for the Calgary Flames Foundation.
“This policy change will allow our organization to host raffles online during games so our fans watching from home can participate,” executive director Candice Goudie said.
“Last year, the Calgary Flames Foundation distributed over $3.8 million to southern Alberta charities, and now more than ever, charities in Alberta need this support.”
In its announcement Friday, AGLC stated it was also reducing the limit for the allowable use of random number generators. Previously, charities were able to use a random number generator when the total ticket value of their sales reached $1 million or more, however, now that limit has been reduced to $100,000.