Frequently asked questions

Do we have to be a charity/non-profit?

Well yes and no. In Canada you have to be a charitable organization. Each jurisdiction works within federal criminal code, but may vary somewhat on their definition of charitable organization. In the US, you have to be a 501(3)(c). We can sell our platform/equipment to non-charitable organizations, such as an or professional team, but a charitable organization has to run the raffle.

Who supplies the labour to sell tickets?

The charitable organization has to supply the volunteers to sell tickets. Tap50:50 is a supplier of technology to the charitable gaming sector. We cannot hold the raffle or supply the volunteers.

What kind of terminals does Tap50:50 use?

Our terminals are PCI compliant workhorses designed for state lotteries. They look very much like a debit machine. We have utilized a device with a built in printer to save teams/charities from purchasing a device and a hip printer along with only having to power the batteries of one device.

Do we need a raffle license?

In Canada, unequivocally yes. In the US, it's a maybe. Many states require licenses. Many don't.

What is an electronic 50/50?

A 50/50 raffle in which the prize is half the value of all the tickets sold during the event or a defined period of time. Traditionally these were paper tickets, now they can be paper tickets issued by our terminals or an eticket with an online purchase. The purchaser receives a ticket containing a number. Ticket stubs are printed with corresponding numbers and are placed in a drum (or a virtual drum with etickets) for a draw to determine the winner! Signage showing jackpot totals in the venue or online greatly increases jackpots.

What does Tap50:50 charge?

We like helping charity and believe in philanthropy so we charge a modest percentage of the jackpot depending on whether you buy or lease our equipment in jurisdictions where this is allowed. To speak in generalities, we charge 6% on terminal based sales if you purchase our equipment. Online may differ and festivals and one-off events that lease our equipment will be more.

How is the draw done?

We have two ways to do the draw. The best way is to press a button on our raffle platform and a gaming lab certified random number generator (RNG) will choose the winner(s) for you. The second way is to network small bank printers to a laptop and print out each individual ticket stub. This is the old school method used by teams when RNG draws weren't allowed in Canada. It still works, it' just a little clunkier, but some jurisdictions still require this method.

When does Tap 50:50 get paid?

TAP 50:50 does not run the raffle and therefore never actually is in possession of the raffle proceeds. You as a charity run the raffle with our equipment. When the raffle is over, the money is yours and you can pay us at a later date (soon would be nice).

We have no Wi-Fi. Can we still run a raffle?

We are used to these kind of limitations and have ways to make them work despite the environment. We like to take a consultative approach on how to make your environment as productive as it can be. In 2019 we also added cellular raffle terminal capability.