50/50 Staff Raffle

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Raffle staff members are working offsite. Please select the online enrolment option or forward physical forms via interoffice mail to our office at Toronto General Hospital. (Foundation Office, TGH, R.F.E. Building, 5th Floor)


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. Enrol electronically or download and submit in person or by mail.
  2. Right before the next draw date you will receive your ticket(s) via email.
  3. Once a month, the cost of your ticket(s) gets deducted from your paycheque, until you 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)!
  6. Each October you will receive newly assigned ticket numbers.

Since its inception, the 50/50 Staff Raffle has raised more than $900,000 for UHN. Let’s keep it going! It’s a win-win, after all.


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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 over $24,000!
What do tickets cost and how many can I get?
Tickets are $5 each. Staff may enrol for an unlimited number of tickets.
How do I pay for my ticket(s)?
Payment is made via automatic monthly payroll deduction, from the paycheque that occurs immediately prior to the monthly draw date.
Am I automatically re-enrolled in each draw?
Yes, once enrolled you are entered into each subsequent draw from there forward until you opt out.
Am I eligible to participate in the raffle?
As long as you receive a paycheque through 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.
How do I enrol?
You can enrol here , we offer online and paper based options. Enrolments received 10 business days or less before a draw will be entered beginning the following draw date.
Where can I drop off my enrolment form?
You can drop off (or interoffice mail) your 50/50 Staff Raffle form to the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation office at:

Toronto General Hospital
R. Fraser Elliott Building
5th Floor, Front Desk

How often do the draws take place?
Draws take place once per month at 10a.m. at the offices of MNP LLP (3100 Steeles Ave E). The dates are as follows: 10/16/20, 11/13/20, 12/11/20, 01/15/21, 02/19/21, 03/19/21, 04/16/21, 05/14/21, 06/11/21, 07/09/21, 08/13/21, 09/10/21.
How many UHN staff participate in the raffle?
As of October 2020, more than 4,300 staff members participate in the raffle.
Does the winner pay tax on the winnings?
No. The winnings are tax-free.
How do I increase the number of tickets I’ve enrolled for?
To increase your number of tickets click here to visit our online form, be sure to select “Existing participant purchasing additional tickets.”
I just enrolled/increased my tickets, how will I receive them?
Ticket numbers will be emailed to the address provided the week before the draw and are valid from the date received to September 2021. You will receive new ticket numbers every October at the beginning of a new draw set.
It is a week before the draw and I have not received my tickets, what should I do?
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 staff.raffle@uhn.ca and our support staff will assist you. If your payroll deduction was completed successfully, your numbers will still be part of the draw.
How is the winning ticket selected?
The winning number will be picked utilizing an AGCO (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario) approved random number generator (RNG) program provided by MNP LLP at 10am on the given draw date.

A Foundation staff member will witness the process and MNP LLP provides reporting on results of the draw, including the winning ticketholder information, which is filed with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) which licenses 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 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.
How are raffle deductions reflected on my paystub?
How are raffle deductions reflected on my paystub?
On which paycheques can I expect to see my 50/50 staff raffle deductions?
Your 50/50 Staff Raffle tickets are deducted from the pay immediately preceding the draw date. The 2020- 2021 schedule is below:

UHN – October draw: 10/15/20, November draw: 11/12/20, December draw: 12/10/20, January draw: 01/07/21, February draw: 02/18/21, March draw: 03/18/21, April draw: 04/15/21, May draw: 05/13/21, June draw: 06/10/21, July draw: 07/08/21, August draw: 08/05/21, September draw: 09/02/21.

The Michener – October draw: 10/08/20, November draw: 11/05/20, December draw: 12/03/20, January draw: 01/14/21, February draw: 02/11/21, March draw: 03/11/21, April draw: 04/08/21, May draw: 05/06/21, June draw: 06/03/21, July draw: 07/01/21, August draw: 08/12/21, September draw: 09/09/21.

What should I do if I lose or misplace my raffle tickets?
Please email staff.raffle@uhn.ca if you have lost or misplaced your raffle tickets, and we will send a confirmation email with your ticket numbers.
Do I get a tax receipt?
No, lottery tickets are not eligible for tax receipts.
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 (up to 12 months). You will be assigned tickets when you enrol and 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 16, 2020 through until September 10, 2021.
How is the winner notified?
The winner is notified the day of the draw in person or by phone. If the winner is out of the office, the winner’s supervisor is notified and the winner will be contacted at home. On the draw date an email is sent to all raffle participants indicating winner information, this information is also published on “UHN What’s Happening”, UHN Corporate Message Board and on igiveatuhn.ca.
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: 10/02/20, November draw: 10/30/20, December draw: 11/27/20, January draw: 12/24/20, February draw: 02/05/21, March draw: 03/05/21, April draw: 04/01/21, May draw: 04/30/21, June draw: 05/28/21, July draw: 06/25/21, August draw: 07/23/21, September draw: 08/20/21.
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 contact information with the raffle?
Click here to fill out our contact update form. 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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