02/06/2013 10:24 EST | Updated 04/08/2013 05:12 EDT

Bigger prize money sought for local fundraising lotteries in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON - The Saskatchewan government will be asked to give charities across the province the power to increase their fundraising lottery jackpots.

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association has passed a resolution to lobby for changes to current laws that limit the maximum value of prizes in local authority-issued lottery licences to $1,000.

The resolution was presented Tuesday by Fort Qu'Appelle Mayor Ron Osika (oh-SEE'-kuh) at the association's convention in Saskatoon.

Osika would like to see the maximum prize value increased to $2,500, saying bigger jackpots mean more incentive to buy tickets and more cash for charities to run community projects.

Osika, who is the association's central region director, says he was approached by municipalities that are concerned about the current limit not being enough when people look to obtain a lottery licence.

The convention is scheduled to wrap up following a bear pit with Premier Brad Wall and his cabinet. (CKOM)