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Q & A

1. Q:What kind of luck draws needs to apply for an administrative permit?
  A:In accordance with Macao Law No. 47/98/M, all kinds of lucky draw or similar activities in commercial nature should apply for administrative permits in advance.
   
2. Q:What happens if a lucky draw has conducted without an appropriate administrative permit?
  A:Conducting any kind of lucky draw or similar activities without an appropriate administrative permit is liable to a fine ranging from MOP15,000 to MOP70,000 or from MOP30,000 to MOP200,000 respectively depends on the offender is a natural or legal person.
   
3. Q:How to apply? What documents are needed for applying a permit?
  A:1) A completed application form or application letter. 2) Commercial registration document 3) ID copy of responsible person of the lucky draw 4) Terms & conditions of lucky draw and prize collection 5) Sample of lucky draw coupon or scratch card / screen captures 6) List of prizes. Once all documents are received, DICJ may assign their staffs to visit the applying companies for confirmation.
   
4. Q:Where can get the application form? How to fill out?
  A:Application form can be downloaded from the “Forms download and online application”at our lucky draw webpage. Macao organizations should only fill in the section (1), (3) and (4) of the form, while the non-Macao organizations should fill in all the four sections: (1) , (2), (3) and (4). For more details please refer to the “Samples”at the same webpage.
   
5. Q:If a non-Macao organization wants to conduct a lucky draw for promoting its business in Macao, what should it do?
  A:All non-Macao organizations cannot apply the permit individually. They should authorize a Macao organization as their agency.
   
6. Q:What documents are needed if a Macao organization is authorized as the agency for a non-Macao applicant?
  A: 1) A letter declaring the authorization relationship between the non-Macao applicant and Macao agency 2) A completed application form or application letter 3) Commercial registration documents of both the applicant and agency 4) ID copies of responsible persons of the lucky draw for both applicant and agency 5) Terms & conditions of lucky draw and prize collection 6) Sample of lucky draw coupon or scratch card / screen captures 7) List of prizes.
   
7. Q:Can an application be submitted online?
  A:Application can be submitted by the four following channels: 1) in person at DICJ office 2) via online 3) by E-mail 4) by post 5) by fax. Besides of in-person submission, all applicants submitted via online, by e-mail or fax should contact our Bureau to confirm whether the application is successfully submitted and received.
   
8. Q:When should the applications be submitted? How long does it take for approval?
  A:Applications should be submitted to DICJ at least 10 days before the lucky draw. Administrative permit will be issued within 5 working days once application is received and accepted.
   
9. Q:How much does an administrative permit cost?
  A:It is free of charge.
   
10. Q:If the prize value of lucky draw is not exceed a certain amount, is it possible to exempt for the application?
  A:No matter what the prize value of lucky draw is, conducting all kinds of lucky draw or similar activities in commercial nature in Macao should apply for administrative permits.
   
11. Q:Can the prize of lucky draw be in cash?
  A:Yes. It can be in cash or in gift.
   
12. Q:Can an organization offer a lucky draw by charging a fee to the participants?
  A:No any fee should be charged to participants for a lucky draw (e.g. require participants to pay $1 for entering the activities like“$1 winning”, “$1 game”or“$1 lucky draw”etc.). All lucky draws should be offered in free and cannot in profit making purposes. ** Reminder: Conducting any kind of lucky draw or similar activities with a fee may violate Macau Law No. 8/96/M “Illegal Gambling” and could be held liable for criminal responsibility (except for charitable activities with approval granted).
   
13. Q:If a lucky draw conducts through platforms like Wechat or Facebook etc, does it still need to apply for a permit?
  A:Yes. All kinds of lucky draw conducting in Macao should apply for administrative permits no matter whether it is a traditional one (by using a draw box), a newly cyber lucky draw (by using a program or through wechat or facebook etc.), or even an instant win.
   
14. Q:Are the current popular activities conducted for promoting the business like “scratch card”, “instant win” and “lucky wheel”etc. still subject to the scope of “lucky draw or similar activities”?
  A:All lucky draws in which the results are generated by “random draw” are subject to the scope of “lucky draw or similar activities” under Macao Law No. 47/98/M. Applications should be made prior to the events.
   
15. Q:Is the “ Tombola”also subjected to the scope of “lucky draw or similar activities”?
  A:In accordance with Macao Law No. 16/2001 “Legal Framework for the Operations of Casino Games of Fortune”,“Tombola”is a type of casino games of fortune. Only the casino concessionaires are allowed to operate.
   
16. Q:Is it necessary to apply for permit if a lucky draw is conducted during the company/ staff gathering?
  A:No permit is needed for a lucky draw if it is only conducted for arising atmosphere during the company / staff gathering and not in commercial nature.
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