INFORMATION BULLETIN No. 66 - Regulatory Changes Affecting Break Open Ticket Sales In-Conjunction with Bingo Events  in Non-Pooling Bingo Halls and Premises Not Owned by the Licensee

As part of the on-going Modernization of Charitable Gaming initiative, the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming is pleased to announce the development and implementation of a new revenue model for Break Open Ticket (BOT) sales in-conjunction with bingo events in non-pooling bingo halls and premises not owned by the licensee, effective September 8, 2010. 

The new revenue model will be one where expense maximums are based on win (gross wager minus prizes paid).  Expense maximums are established by the Registrar and prescribe the maximum amount charities may compensate parties assisting with the sale of BOTs for the products and services they provide to the licensee.

The change to a revenue model based on win requires amendments to the Registrar’s Schedule of Approved Break Open Ticket Types and Associated Expense Maximums. With a revenue model based on win the expense maximums are consistent across all ticket types.  As a result, the Registrar’s Schedule of Approved Break Open Ticket Types and Associated Expense Maximums lists the approved ticket types and identifies the set expense maximums that apply to all ticket types. This document has been amended and is attached to this information bulletin.

The new revenue model also reflects the elimination of the Provincial BOT fee (previously set at 5% of BOT gross wager) paid by licensees conducting BOT sales in-conjunction with bingo events in non-pooling bingo halls and premises not owned by the licensee.  The elimination of this fee is being implemented to assist charities by supporting greater economic viability and further growth for the industry.  The monies previously remitted by the licensee for the Provincial BOT fee will be directed to the Licensee’s trust account.

The elimination of the provincial fee is effective retroactive to July 1, 2010.   Details on the transition to the new revenue model are attached to this information bulletin.

 If you have any questions or require further clarification please contact Rusty Parr, Gaming Registration Officer at 416-314-0539 or our toll-free line at 1-800-522-2876.

Schedule of Approved Break Open Ticket Types and Associated Expense Maximums:

The new revenue model for BOT lotteries conducted in-conjunction with bingo events in non-pooling bingo halls and premises not owned by the licensee is accompanied by a new schedule of associated expense maximums. This new schedule (see following) provides a standardized expense maximum for all approved Break Open Ticket types, which differs from the previous schedule which prescribed different expense maximums for each Break Open Ticket type.  Industry stakeholders are reminded that the new schedule applies to all approved ticket types and the percentages outlined are based on win (gross wager minus prizes paid).

Break Open Ticket Sales Venue Total Maximum Expense (% of Win)
Non-Pooling Bingo Hall 31.25%
Non-Pooling Bingo Hall with Dispenser 35.25%

Further Information for Information Bulletin Number 66 - Regulatory Changes Affecting Break Open Ticket Sales In-Conjunction with Bingo. Events  in Non-Pooling Bingo Halls and Premises Not Owned by the Licensee

Contracts Associated with the New Revenue Model with Expense Maximums Based on Percentage of Win

There will be a period of transition for licensees, gaming equipment suppliers and gaming services suppliers to move to the new revenue model that is based on maximum percentages of win.  The supply of product and services to a licensee requires that a contract be in place outlining the compensation that has been agreed upon.  In order to move to the new revenue model new contracts must be established.

Existing contracts with compensation within the maximums based on gross wager will remain in effect until those contracts have been renegotiated and signed by the licensee or until those contracts expire.  Any new contracts signed after September 8, 2010 must be consistent with the new revenue model with maximum compensation rates based on percentages of win.

There will be a period of transition where contracts established under the old revenue model are in existence in the marketplace as well as contracts established under the new revenue model.

Allocation of the 5% of Gross Wager on BOT sales

For Hall Charities Associations conducting BOT lotteries in non-pooling bingo halls, the monies previously remitted by the HCA for the Provincial BOT fee will be directed to the HCA’s Consolidated Designated Trust Account and ultimately to member organizations of the HCA.  The HCA will disburse these additional funds in the same manner as all other BOT revenue, on a monthly pro-rata basis.

For licensees conducting a BOT lottery in-conjunction with a bingo event in premises not owned by the licensee, the monies previously remitted by the licensee for the Provincial BOT fee will be directed to the licensee’s Designated Lottery Trust Account (DLTA).

Transition Details Relating to the 5% BOT fee

The change to the provincial break open ticket fee is effective July 1, 2010.  This applies to any product that was shipped from a break open ticket manufacturer or gaming equipment supplier on or after July 1, 2010.

With the elimination in the fee being retroactive there is a need to have any payments of the provincial fee that have been made for product shipped after that date at the rate of 5% to be refunded in full.  This requires Break Open Ticket manufacturers and/or Gaming Equipment Suppliers (GES) to refund the full amount of the Provincial BOT fee back to the party they received the fee payment from, either the GES or the licensee.  A refund to the licensee will be required for any monies that have been remitted by the licensee either to the GES or the Manufacturer for any product shipped to the licensee from July 1, 2010 forward to the effective date of this information bulletin.  The amount to be refunded is the full amount for the provincial BOT fee.  This is calculated at 5% of BOT gross wager.  The following details how the refunds are to be facilitated, depending on the manner in which the funds were originally remitted:

  1. Where the licensee has remitted funds to the Gaming Equipment Supplier – the GES must refund the appropriate amount (5% of BOT gross wager) back to the licensee within 15 days of the issue date of this information bulletin
  2. Where the GES has remitted funds to the manufacturer – the manufacturer must refund the appropriate amount (5% of BOT gross wager) back to the GES within 15 days of the issue date of this information bulletin and then the GES must immediately refund that amount back to the licensee
  3. Where the licensee has remitted funds directly to the manufacturer – the manufacturer must refund the appropriate amount (5% of BOT gross wager) back to the licensee within 15 days of the issue date of this information bulletin.

Please note that for accountability and tracking purposes, the refund of any monies associated with the Provincial Break Open Ticket Fee must follow the same process in reverse as they were remitted.

Line of Business: 
Number: 
66
Document number: 
8066