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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Gaming Equipment Suppliers
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
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
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.
Open Ticket Sellers
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.
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.
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.