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The Break Open Ticket Program Management Alliance is a professional association of entrepreneurs whose members provide fundraising products, services and leadership for the charitable gaming industry in Ontario.

Who is BOTPMA?

Founded in 1992, the Break Open Ticket Program Management Alliance (BOTPMA) is one of the partners in Ontarioís charitable Break Open Ticket (BOT) industry.  BOTPMA is the professional association that represents the registered suppliers of Break Open Tickets and services to Ontarioís charitable sector.

Ontarioís BOT industry is a unique combination of private sector firms providing quality products and services to charitable and not-for-profit organizations across Ontario.  The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), an independent crown agency of the Government of Ontario, and municipalities, regulate the industry.  The AGCO regulates all aspects of the industry under the authority of the Gaming Control Act, 1992.

Ontario is one of the largest charitable gaming jurisdictions in North America.  The National Association of Fundraising Ticket Manufacturers estimated that in 1995, sales of BOTís in Ontario reached a record $1.2 billion and generated in excess of $120 million for charitable and not-for-profit organizations across Ontario.

Break Open Tickets (BOTís) provide unique benefits in communities across Ontario by supporting the work of thousands of charitable and not-for-profit organizations.  Unlike government sponsored gaming such as casinos and slots, proceeds of BOT sales remain in our communities and support worthy charitable and not-for-profit organizations.  BOTís also provide employment opportunities, including directly and indirectly supporting some 50,000 jobs across Ontario in manufacturing facilities, suppliers, distributors, municipalities, and retail locations.

BOTís also serve to encourage and foster Ontarioís volunteer sector.  By providing funding for charitable and not-for-profit organizations, volunteer opportunities are created and enhanced in communities across Ontario.  Volunteers across Ontario benefit by providing them with the opportunity to contribute to their community, gain new experience and share fellowship.

Ontarioís BOT industry consists of a number of partners who play a significant role in the industry:

Charitable / Not-for-profit Organizations

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, only charitable or not-for-profit organizations can profit from gaming.  In Ontario, charitable or not-for-profit organizations are licensed to conduct BOT events, and receive a guaranteed percentage of the gross profits.

Manufacturers of Break Open Tickets

Currently, there are three registered manufacturers of Break Open Tickets in Ontario: Arrow Games/Bazaar & Novelty; Pollard Games and Specialty Print.

Gaming Equipment Suppliers

Gaming Equipment Suppliers are registered with the AGCO, and are permitted to distribute BOTís to charitable and not-for-profit organizations across Ontario.  Gaming Equipment Suppliers purchase unimprinted stock from manufacturers, imprint licence numbers, and track the serial numbers of BOTís sold to charitable and not-for-profit organizations.  In 1996, the AGCO, in consultation with BOTPMA, established a series of Standards for Gaming Equipment Suppliers that ensure the integrity of the supply of BOTís.

Gaming Service Suppliers

Gaming Service Suppliers are registered with the AGCO, and provide a variety of professional services to charitable and not-for-profit organizations.  Gaming Service Suppliers search out potential locations on behalf of charitable and not-for-profit organizations, and provide a series of administrative services.  In 1996, the AGCO, in consultation with BOTPMA, established a series of Standards for Gaming Service Suppliers that established minimum standards for reporting and accountability.

Gaming Assistants

Gaming Assistants are registered with the AGCO, and work with Gaming Service Suppliers and Gaming Equipment Suppliers.  Gaming Assistants provide sales services, and undertake the administrative functions on behalf of charitable and not-for-profit organizations.  All Gaming Assistants are investigated by the AGCO prior to registration to ensure the integrity of the industry. 

Break Open Ticket Sellers  

Also known as third party locations, break open ticket sellers are the thousands of retail locations that sell BOTís on behalf of charitable and not-for-profit organizations in Ontario.  These sellers are registered with the AGCO, and are investigated prior to being registered to ensure the integrity of sales.  There are approximately 7,000 registered BOT Sellers across Ontario.

Municipalities

Municipalities provide the first level of regulation of the industry by issuing licenses to charitable and not-for-profit organizations to sell Break Open Tickets within their boundaries.  Municipalities determine eligibility of organizations, and are responsible for scrutinizing reports submitted by organizations upon completion of sales. This authority is delegated by the AGCO to municipalities.

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is an independent crown agency of the Government of Ontario responsible for administering the Liquor Licence Act, 1990, and the Gaming Control Act, 1992.  The AGCO reports to the Government of Ontario through the Minister of Consumer and Business Services.  In partnership with the industry, the AGCO establishes the rules and regulations that govern the BOT industry, including registration of suppliers, enforcement of regulations and policy development.

A key partner in the BOT industry, BOTPMA represents registered Gaming Equipment Suppliers and Gaming Service Suppliers.