Frequently Asked Questions

How does The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Ontario 50/50 draw work?

The 50/50 draw administered by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Ontario (The Award) is a raffle licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), where individuals purchase ticket(s) for the opportunity to win 50% of the total money raised through the sale of 50/50 tickets for that draw.

Where does the other 50% of the proceeds raised go?

The other 50% of the proceeds raised supports The Award programs in Ontario. To learn more about The Award and our programs, please visit www.dukeofed.org/on

Who is eligible to buy 50/50 draw tickets?

If you meet the following criteria, you are eligible to purchase 50/50 draw tickets:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at the time of purchase
  • Must be located in the Province of Ontario at time of purchase
  • Must not be one of the following:
    • Member of The Award Board of Directors
    • Full-time, part-time, or student employee of The Award
    • An employee of the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario
    • Employees of the supplier of the 50/50 System who and involved with the development and/or support of the 50/50 System
    • Such other persons designated from time to time as Related Parties by The Award
    • Any contractors or employees that are associated with retail sales at the lottery centres

Note: Prior to the purchase of a ticket online, you will be required to verify your eligibility and that the information is complete and accurate.

Where can I purchase tickets for the 50/50 draw?

Tickets for The Award 50/50 draw can be purchased the following ways:

  • In person at the Head Office of The Award (215 Niagara St., Suite 100, Toronto).
  • Online at www.theaward5050.org

Can I play more than once in a draw?

Yes. You can purchase more than one ticket per draw

What are the odds of winning?

The odds of winning the prize are based on the number of tickets sold during an event.

What is your refund or return policy?

All 50/50 draw ticket sales are final and may not be exchanged or refunded.

How is the winning number drawn?

A unique winning number is randomly generated and issued by the electronic 50/50 system out of the numbers purchased for the draw. The mechanism for selecting the winning number is a computer-based random number generator that has been certified by the AGCO.

When do sales open?

The ticket sales start October 23, 2019.

When is the winning number drawn and posted?

50/50 Ticket Sales close the previous day at 9:00 pm before the draw. The winning number will be drawn 10:00am on December 2nd, 2019. Once the winning 50/50 number has been drawn and posted, you can find it at www.theaward5050.org and the estimated prize amount.

  • Displayed on the online at www.theaward5050.org as well as www.dukeofed.org/on

If I have the winning 50/50 number, how do I claim my prize?

If you have the winning 50/50 number, please contact ljohnson@dukeofed.org or call 416.203.2282 extension 203. You must complete the required winner claimant documents in person at The Award’s located at 215 Niagara St., Suite 100, Toronto Ontario M6J 2L2 on or before December 31, 2019.

You must present your signed winning ticket along with two (2) forms of dentification (including a government-issued photo ID). The winning ticket cannot be tampered with (The Award reserves the right to deny winnings if the ticket has been reproduced or changed from its original state).

Please note: Online ticket sales must be claimed by the individual named in the original purchase transaction. The Award is not responsible for any division of the winning prize amount to any other party other than the individual named in the original purchase transaction.

What currency is the prize money paid in?

All transactions and winnings are paid in Canadian Dollars. Prizes will be paid by cheque payable to the winner.

When can I expect to receive my winnings?

Prize winnings will be paid by cheque at arranged time of compliance with proof of identification and prize winning ticket.

Do I need to live in Ontario to play?

You do not need to live in the province of Ontario to purchase a 50/50 ticket but you do need to be physically located within the province of Ontario at the time of purchase of your online 50/50 ticket to be eligible to play.

How can I pay for my online 50/50 ticket?

Our online 50/50 website accepts the following payment types: Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

I cannot access www.theaward5050.org. What should I do?

Per AGCO regulations - please be advised that you must be located within the province of Ontario at the time of your purchase. Your device's locations services must be turned on to verify your location prior to entry to the online 50/50 sales platform. Users must also agree to all Terms and Conditions outlined.

I purchased a 50/50 ticket but did not get my numbers. What should I do?

If you purchased your 50/50 ticket but did not receive your numbers, please check your junk or spam folders in the event it was flagged by your email provider. If you still do not have your 50/50 ticket, contact ljohnson@dukeofed.org and our support staff will re-send your raffle numbers (some verification will be required). If your transaction completed successfully, your numbers will still be part of the draw.

I think I, or someone I know, may have a problem with gambling. What should I do?

The Award promotes responsible gaming at all times. If you are looking for help or advice about problem gambling, please visit: www.problemgamblinghelpine.ca or contact the Ontario Problem Gambling Help Line / Free Health Services Information at 1-888-230-3505.

How can I donate and support The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?

Your gift today will provide an opportunity for limitless possibilities.   The Award empowers young people, ages 14 to 24, to give back to their communities, explore their interests and passions, commit to their health and wellness, and gain an appreciation for the natural environment. With guidance from Award Leaders and assessors, young Canadians are given a supportive, non-competitive youth development platform that deepens self-awareness, builds confidence, and broadens skills and experience to further their growth as active, responsible citizens.  You can donate online at https://www.dukeofed.org/on-donate