50/50 Staff Raffle


For UHN employees enrolled in the 50/50 Staff Raffle, life could look a whole lot different next month. Why? Because next month is a chance to win big money!

“The 50/50 Staff Raffle is a fun and easy way for UHN employees to give back. It’s exciting for staff and brings all of our hospital sites together. Staff can feel extra good about participating: not only are they supporting their workplace, but there are some decent odds of walking away with some extra cash!”

How it works:

  1. Fill out the enrolment form to purchase your raffle ticket(s).
  2. Right before the next draw date you will be mailed your ticket(s). They are valid for the entire draw series.
  3. Once a month, the cost of your ticket(s) gets deducted from your paycheque. You are automatically re-enrolled each year, until you ask to opt-out.
  4. Half of the money raised supports UHN Research – and the other half goes into the draw pot.
  5. One lucky UHN staff member wins a nice chunk of change every month (tax-free)!

Since its inception, the 50/50 Staff Raffle has raised more than $620,000 for UHN. Let’s keep it going! It’s a win-win, after all.


Lottery licence number: 10153


How do I enrol?
Visit igiveatuhn.ca/raffle. Download and complete the enrolment form, and return it to Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. Enrolments received 8 business days or less before a draw, will be entered beginning the following draw date.

How does the 50/50 Staff Raffle work?
50% of the ticket sales support UHN Research and 50% goes to one lucky UHN employee. The monthly jackpot is now close to $18,000!

How many UHN staff participate in the raffle?
As of October 2018, more than 3,200 staff members participate in the raffle.

Does the winner pay tax on the winnings?
No. The winnings are tax-free.

What do tickets cost and how many can I get?
Tickets are $5 each. Staff may purchase up to four tickets for each draw.

How do I increase or decrease the number of tickets I’ve enrolled for?
Send an email to staff.raffle@uhn.ca. Remember, the maximum number of tickets is four per person, per draw.

How do I pay for my ticket(s)?
Your ticket payment is made via automatic monthly payroll deduction.

How often is my paycheque deducted?
The tickets are deducted once per month (not every paycheque). If there is insufficient pay to cover ticket(s) cost for any one month, tickets will be withdrawn for that single draw. Your ticket numbers will be re-entered upon next successful payroll deduction.

Can I participate if I am a contract employee?
Yes! As long as you receive a paycheque from UHN or Michener Payroll you are eligible to join the 50/50 Staff Raffle. Once your contract ends, and you no longer receive a paycheque through UHN, your enrollment in the raffle will be automatically cancelled.

Do I get a tax receipt?
No, lottery tickets are not eligible for tax receipts.

How often do the draws take place?
The monthly draw dates are as follows: 10/19/18, 11/16/18, 12/14/18, 01/11/19, 02/08/19, 03/08/19, 04/23/19, 05/17/19, 06/14/19, 07/12/19, 08/09/19, 09/20/19. They take place in the atrium at Toronto Western Hospital at 12 p.m. on draw day.

Am I automatically re-enrolled in each draw?
Yes, once you are enrolled, you are entered into each subsequent draw until you opt out.

How do I receive my ticket numbers?
Your ticket(s) will be mailed to your home address. This happens monthly right before each draw date. From there forward, at the start of each new draw series (every October), you will be reassigned new ticket(s).

Do my ticket numbers stay the same each draw?
Your ticket number(s) stay the same for each monthly draw in the current draw series. You will be mailed your tickets when you enrol and/or at the start of a new draw series (every October). You must hold onto your tickets as they are valid for the full year, as long as you’re enrolled and the ticket cost is being deducted from your pay. We will need to see the tickets as proof if you win.

What is a draw series?
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario issues lottery licences that are valid for one draw series, which equals one year (12 months). Our current draw series runs from October 19, 2018 through until September 20, 2019.

How is the winning ticket selected?
Each month all valid tickets are placed into a drum and taken to the Toronto Western Hospital atrium at 12 p.m. on draw day. The winning ticket is pulled by a UHN staff member chosen at random; this person may not be a member of the Foundation nor a current raffle participant. A copy of the winning ticket is filed with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) which licences the raffle. Additional details about the winner selection and lottery processes, including licensing requirements, are available by contacting the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation office.

How is the winner notified?
The winner is notified the day of the draw in person or by phone. If the winner is on vacation or on leave, the winner’s supervisor is notified and the winner will be contacted at home. The winner is also posted on the UHN Corporate Message Board and on igiveatuhn.ca the same day as the raffle, and an email goes out to all raffle participants.

How does the winner receive their winnings?
The winner will receive a cheque within two weeks of the draw.

Who do I contact if I have trouble enrolling?
Please contact staff.raffle@uhn.ca.

How do I opt out of the draw or decrease my number of tickets?
You may cancel your participation, or decrease your number of tickets, by sending a removal request to staff.raffle@uhn.ca. Cancellation deadlines (incl. terminations) are:

October Draw: 10/05/18, November Draw: 11/02/18, December Draw: 11/30/18, January Draw: 12/21/2018, February Draw: 01/25/19, March Draw: 02/22/19, April Draw: 04/05/19, May Draw: 05/03/19, June Draw: 05/31/19, July Draw: 06/28/19, August Draw: 07/26/19, September Draw: 09/06/19.

What happens to my ticket numbers once I opt-out?
When you opt out ticket number(s) previously assigned to you may be resold and issued to another staff member at a later date. There is no need to return tickets to the Foundation as they have been voided.

I’m taking a leave of absence, what happens to my raffle tickets?
Should you continue to receive payments through UHN or Michener Payroll the monthly cost of ticket(s) will be deducted, and they will be entered into the draw. Once pay is insufficient to cover the cost of ticket(s) they will be withdrawn and re-entered upon next successful payroll deduction. You are welcome to opt out during your leave of absence and re-enrol at a later date.

How do I update my address on file?
Send an email to staff.raffle@uhn.ca. Please note, UHN Human Resources does not share your updated information with Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation.

Other questions?
Please contact staff.raffle@uhn.ca


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