A single legal opinion is preventing charities across Ontario from raising more money in 50/50 draws.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario won’t allow the use of electronic devices for charitable 50/50 draws held at Toronto Maple Leafs games and in arenas across the province on the advice of Don Bourgeois, the crown agency’s legal counsel.
The legal position runs contrary to decisions made in all other provinces that allow such draws during hockey games — only Quebec does not. The provinces which allow electronic devices to sell 50/50 tickets have seen skyrocketing jackpots as a result.
The NHL’s Vancouver Canucks have seen average jackpots climb to more than $75,000, with an equal amount going to charity from each draw. The Edmonton Oilers’ jackpot average quickly doubled to $56,000 after introducing the devices in 2011.
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