• Media bingo is a charitable lottery scheme that takes place over a form of mass communication, including but not limited to radio, television, newspaper, magazines, periodicals, television, closed circuit, and satellite and cable transmissions. A prize or prizes are awarded by selling one or more media bingo papers to players who are attempting to complete a pre-determined pattern on the media bingo papers using the numbers called. The numbers are conveyed to the players using one or more of the above methods of mass communication. The player correctly completing the required pattern in the least amount of numbers, within the specified time frame, is declared the winner.

Only charitable and religious organizations can hold a media bingo. The LGCA licenses these types of organizations to conduct media bingos in accordance with Section 207(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (Canada). You can learn if your organization is eligible to apply for a licence by reviewing the LGCA's eligibility guide (click here). If your organization has never been licensed or has not had a licence in three years or more, you must submit background information to show your eligibility for a licence.
Terms and Conditions

Organizations holding media bingos must comply with the terms and conditions set by the LGCA.


The licence fee is 1.5% of the actual gross revenue of the media bingo. The fee is due after the event when you submit your financial reports. The LGCA will let you know what your reporting requirements are when your licence is issued.

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