OLG Announces Changes To Lottery Modernization

OLG has cancelled the current Request for Proposals for Lottery in favour of a revised modernization approach.

Through its Lottery modernization, OLG has been seeking a way, in partnership with the private sector, to unlock the opportunity to create greater value for Ontario. After a period of due diligence and consultation with globally-experienced proponents, OLG has determined that the selection of a single service provider would not provide sufficient value for the Province.

Today, OLG’s Lottery business performs well; 2015-16 sales were a record $3.8 billion. However, in order to unlock the full potential of the business, OLG’s approach to Lottery modernization is evolving. Under a revised approach, OLG will seek to enhance its capabilities in technology and innovation through partnerships with the private sector.

In the meantime, it is business as usual. OLG will continue to operate the Lottery business. Customers and retailers will see no disruption in service. The modernization of land-based gaming continues.

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OLG ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO LOTTERY MODERNIZATION

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has cancelled the current Request for Proposals (RFP) for Lottery in favour of a revised modernization approach. Through the Lottery modernization, OLG has been seeking a way, in partnership with the private sector, to unlock the opportunity to create greater value for Ontario.

After a period of due diligence and consultation with globally-experienced proponents, OLG has determined that the selection of a single service provider would not provide sufficient value for the Province.

“Today, OLG’s Lottery business performs well; 2015-16 sales were a record $3.8 billion,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “However, in order to unlock the full potential of the business, our approach to Lottery modernization is evolving. Under a revised approach, we will seek to enhance our capabilities in technology and innovation through partnerships with the private sector. This approach will leverage our skilled Lottery operations, headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie.”

The investments in research, due diligence and market capacity that OLG has made to date will inform OLG’s approach going forward. “OLG’s mandate is to continually improve the business,” said Rigby. “Our research reveals there is untapped revenue potential in the market. We are now adjusting our approach and remain committed to providing increased revenue to the Province.”

In the meantime, it is business as usual. OLG will continue to operate the Lottery business. Customers and retailers will see no disruption in service and the modernization of land-based gaming continues.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is leading the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.

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Backgrounder OLG Lottery Modernization

A Record Year

In 2015-16, OLG provided a record return to the Province of more than $2.2 billion—it is the government’s largest source of non-tax revenue.

It is OLG’s obligation to continually and responsibly improve the business for the benefit of Ontario.

Changes to Lottery Modernization

Through modernization, OLG has been seeking a way to responsibly create greater value for Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced that the modernization of lottery and gaming businesses would begin. The Lottery Request for Information was issued in June 2012, and closed in August of that year. It garnered strong market reaction with more than 30 respondents providing advice on the market opportunity.

In December 2012, OLG issued the Lottery Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) seeking a service provider to:

  • be responsible for operating the day-to-day lottery business;
  • recommend strategies to maximize the growth and success of the lottery business; and
  • develop products and marketing plans, as well as process and cost optimization.

For this phase, too, OLG received substantial response from the market.

OLG issued the Lottery Request for Proposals (RFP) in September 2014, noting that the RFP would enable OLG to select one service provider to run specific day-to-day operations of the Lottery business in Ontario. Since then, OLG has conducted three sets of Commercially Confidential Meetings with pre-qualified proponents.

After a period of due diligence and consultation with globally-experienced proponents, OLG has determined that the selection of a single service provider would not provide increased value for the Province.

OLG had a specific mandate through its lottery modernization process to ensure value for the Province. OLG asked proponents to commit to a level of business growth, but proponents indicated that they would have difficulty meeting the conditions of the Request for Proposal to provide sufficient value to the Province. As a result, OLG has cancelled the current procurement.

To unlock the full potential of the business, OLG is evolving its approach to lottery modernization. It will seek to enhance its capabilities in technology and innovation through partnerships with the private sector. The investments in research, due diligence and market capacity that OLG has made to date will inform its approach going forward.

Gaming Modernization Continues

Modernization is proceeding in Eastern Ontario. A service provider (Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership) has been operating the gaming facilities in the East Gaming Bundle for more than eight months. A new gaming site in Belleville—Shorelines Belleville—is under construction and has commenced the hiring process.

OLG’s land-based gaming procurement process is continuing. RFPs for the North, Southwest and GTA Gaming Bundles are all in the market and proceeding with high proponent engagement. In addition, the RFPQ for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle has closed and the RFP will be released shortly. OLG has also announced its intention to add the two Niagara Casinos—Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara—to its modernization procurement process to improve fairness and competition across the regional gaming market.

Modernizing lottery and gaming helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for hospitals and other government priorities.

“We remain committed to the intent of modernization: to provide increased revenue to the Province and the people of Ontario.”
— Stephen Rigby, President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

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OLG ADDS NBA TO PRO-LINE

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) today announced that National Basketball Association (NBA) games will be added to the OLG’s PRO-LINE beginning with the 2016-17 NBA regular season.

PRO-LINE provides a trusted platform for sports fans to wager on a full lineup of professional and college sports and soon, NBA basketball.

“Ontario loves basketball, and coming off NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto and the Raptors’ most successful season in franchise history, the popularity of the NBA in Canada is at an all-time high,” said Greg McKenzie, OLG’s Chief Operating Officer. “OLG is thrilled to add the NBA to PRO-LINE for our customers. With the addition of the NBA, Ontario sports fans will now have even more choices for a better gaming experience.”

The 2016-17 NBA regular season will begin October 25, 2016.

For more information on PRO-LINE and how to play, please visit PROLINE.ca.

OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is leading the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.

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TICKET WORTH $49,899 UNCLAIMED IN TORONTO

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO 6/49 prize worth $49,899.70 for a ticket sold one year ago in Toronto. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Wednesday, September 30, 2015 LOTTO 6/49 draw were 01-06-08-13-21-26 with Bonus number 03. Players must match five of the six main numbers plus the bonus number to win the $49,899.70 prize.

Anyone possessing this ticket should fill in the back portion, sign it and contact the OLG Prize Centre at 20 Dundas Street West in Toronto before 6 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016.

The OLG Prize Centre is now open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., unless Saturday is a statutory holiday or if there is a statutory holiday on the preceding Friday or the following Monday. For full details on Prize Centre hours and services, please visit the “How to Claim Prizes” section of our website at olg.ca.

Winners of up to $250,000 also have the convenience of dropping of winning tickets for processing at any OLG Casino or at several of OLG Slots at Racetrack facilities. Winning tickets of less than $999.99 can be cashed at these sites. Please call 1-800-387-0098 for more details or for a list of locations.

Information about this and other unclaimed tickets is available by clicking the “Unclaimed Lottery Tickets” Quick Link on the home page of olg.ca.

OLG reminds players that they can check their tickets for winners in a number of convenient ways:

  • Winning Numbers page on olg.ca.
  • Call our WIN! Line at 416-870-8946 (Toronto area) or toll free at 1-866-891-8946 (outside Toronto area).
  • Use the easy self-serve Ticket Checker at your lottery terminal retailer. Simply insert the ticket, barcode side up, and wait for the message to appear on the Ticket Checker’s screen.
  • Sign up on olg.ca for winning numbers to be emailed to you.
  • Pick up a winning numbers printout from your lottery terminal retailer.
  • Sign your ticket and ask a lottery retailer to check it for you.

THE MSIFN AND OLG COMMEMORATE HISTORIC AGREEMENTS ON THE FIRST NATION’S TRADITIONAL TERRITORY

PORT PERRY, ON – In a ceremony steeped in tradition, leaders of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) and of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) commemorated a historic signing event today. The revenue sharing agreements, signed by leaders of both groups, finalize the Great Blue Heron Casino’s (GBH) transition to a commercial casino and inclusion in the GTA Bundle for OLG’s gaming modernization.

Following nearly three years of negotiations and consultations, members of the MSIFN voted unanimously to ratify the agreement with OLG this past July. This vote allowed OLG to add GBH to the GTA Gaming Bundle, which also includes OLG Slots at Woodbine and the OLG Slots at Ajax Downs.

“After hosting multiple consultation meetings with our members in Vancouver, Niagara and right here in Port Perry, MSIFN’s Council is delighted to celebrate our achievements with OLG,” said Chief Kelly LaRocca. “MSIFN and GBH remain open for business. We look forward to fostering many local partnerships in support of a thriving casino in collaboration with a new operator.”

For nearly 20 years, GBH has played an important role in the MSIFN community and the Region of Durham. The casino is the largest employer in the region, employing almost 3,000 people directly and indirectly. Through GBH, MSIFN provides over $236 million annually in local economic benefits.

“Today’s ceremony symbolizes the cooperative relationship we have with the MSIFN,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “We share a focus on job creation, economic development and community building.”

OLG expects to announce the successful service provider for the GTA bundle in late summer 2017.

Working with the MSIFN to reach these historic agreements demonstrates the provincial government’s commitment to Ontario’s First Nations communities.

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