Charity Lotteries in Canada

Charity Lotteries in Canada

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An examination of 30 mega lotteries

Greg Thomson and Ernie Cheng, November 2013


Buying charity lottery tickets can be fun, with the allure of grand prizes; however, it is very different from donating directly to a charity. Canadians purchased over $750 million in charity lottery tickets in 2011.  Of this total, roughly $200 million or 27% went to fund charity programs, with the remainder used to pay for prizes, advertising and operating expenses. Donors should read this report to see how much of the ticket price goes to "doing good" at their local charity lottery before buying a ticket.


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