$11 MILLION RAISED FOR PETERBOROUGH CHARITIES THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an important milestone in Peterborough. More than $11 million has been raised and has benefited local charities in the region as a result of the revitalization of charitable bingo and gaming.

This program, which began over a decade ago, is delivered through a partnership between Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA), the Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario (CGAO) and local gaming and bingo centre operators.

Delta Bingo & Gaming Peterborough hosted the official celebration for the $11 million milestone, as this location converted to an eBingo facility in 2005. Today’s event was attended by Jeff Leal, MPP- Peterborough and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs,  Daryl Bennett, Mayor of Peterborough, Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming at OLG, and Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

“I am proud to take part in today’s celebration to acknowledge the tremendous support that has been provided to our community for more than 10 years,” said Jeff Leal, MPP, Peterborough and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “The dollars raised have gone directly to local charities which in turn have helped so many in our community. I want to commend the Charitable Gaming Revitalization program and the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association on this amazing milestone.”

“Service clubs, support services, cultural organizations and sports associations in Peterborough receive important financial support thanks to the Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization program,” said Daryl Bennett, Mayor of Peterborough. “These groups are essential to the quality of life that our residents enjoy in the Peterborough Region.”

“OLG is proud of the Charitable Gaming Revitalization program and the role we play in providing sustainable revenue sources to the charities that serve the City of Peterborough,” said Rick Gray, OLG’s Vice President of Charitable Gaming.

“Today is celebrating the wonderful success of Charitable Gaming in Peterborough.” said Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the OCGA. “This initiative is making a big difference to many local charities that provide important programs and services.”

 

Background on Charitable Gaming in Ontario

In the past 10 years, OLG has been working with the CGAO and the OCGA to revitalize the province’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming industry. By developing and introducing new products and technologies that have invigorated the traditional charitable gaming experience, more money has been generated for thousands of local charities across the province. The revitalization initiative is preserving and enhancing funding for charities across Ontario while creating economic benefits, including employment opportunities at local charitable gaming centres.

A pilot program was started in 2005 to test electronic versions of existing paper-based bingo games with six charity bingo centres in five communities in Ontario.

Following the success of this pilot project, a phased rollout of a new suite of electronic games was introduced to other charitable gaming sites in the province. This started in 2012.  The new charitable games offer customers more choices and complements existing paper bingo games:

  • Electronic Bingo: Charitable Gaming Centres offer terminals with touch screens that allow players to touch the screen to dab the numbers and play along.
  • Play On Demand (POD): A collection of electronic games that can be played anytime, with great prizes to be won.
  • Tap Tix: The evolution of the classic Break Open Ticket features an interactive display screen on a ticket dispenser.

The new games allow Charitable Gaming Centres to offer more customer choice and appeal to a broader demographic, while providing a different gaming entertainment experience from traditional bingo.

In total, 31 Charitable Gaming Centres have raised more than $135 million in additional money for local charities and their communities.

As part of the revitalization, OLG assisted in introducing Responsible Gambling Resource Centres (RGRC’s) at all of the 31 Charitable Gaming Centres.  The RGRC’s, managed by the Responsible Gambling Council of Ontario, offer effective educational tools and resources to build awareness and understanding of the risks associated with, and strategies to prevent, problem gambling.

Each RGRC has information available on the following topics:

  • Safer play strategies
  • Gambling myths and facts
  • Community agencies that support people with gambling concerns

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 $44 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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OLG LOTTERY GIFT CARDS: GIFT GIVING MADE EASY

TORONTO, ON – Just in time for the holiday season, OLG is introducing a convenient new gift giving option in the form of Lottery Gift Cards. In a recent survey, nearly 40 per cent of Ontarians said gift cards are at the top of the list of gifts they purchase for family and friends.

Ontarians now have two different types of Lottery Gift Card options to choose from:

Lottery Gift Cards can be purchased at any dollar value from $5 to $100 at participating lottery retailers. They can be redeemed over an extended period of time for any lottery product.

or

LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX single use Gift Cards. LOTTO 6/49 Gift Cards can be purchased for $20 and LOTTO MAX Gift Cards are available for $30 each. Each of these cards can be redeemed once for one Quick Pick play plus ENCORE for five consecutive draws. Available for purchase at participating lottery retailers as well as at participating grocery stores and major big box retailers in existing gift card racks.

“We are excited to offer Ontarians this easy and convenient gift giving option,” said Wendy Montgomery, Vice President, Lottery Marketing and Sales. “It is the first time that lottery products can be purchased with gift cards from OLG, and could become the gift that keeps on giving!”

Gift Cards can only be redeemed for use at participating lottery retailers by individuals 18 years of age or older. To learn more about Lottery Gift Cards, LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX Gift Cards, visit www.olg.ca/lotteries/giftcards.

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 $44 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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Lori Sullivan

Lori Sullivan oversees enterprise business operations and is responsible for the delivery all products and services, and upholding OLG’s integrity of gaming and responsible gambling standards. She previously served as OLG’s Senior Vice President, Governance, Legal and Compliance, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

As an experienced business and legal executive, Lori has negotiated, structured and managed complex transactions on behalf of public, private and government entities. For 14 years, she practiced commercial law at Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg LLP, where she was a Partner.

Lori holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations.

David Pridmore

David Pridmore is leading the organization’s increased focus on agility, innovation and partnerships. He is directly responsible for the application of data and analytics across the organization, strategy development, corporate strategic planning and the continued focus on creating new strategic partnerships that will grow the business in the future. In this role, David is responsible for ensuring that OLG is aligned to deliver on the goals and objectives outlined in the organization’s strategic plan.

With more than 15 years of experience, David is an accomplished finance and strategy executive with significant expertise in strategy development, financial assessment and commercial transactions. He previously held multiple roles at Shoppers Drug Mart and OLG where he was responsible for infrastructure development, financial relationship management and the development of the Land-based Gaming modernization strategy.

David holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Business Administration from McMaster University.

Brian Gill

Brian Gill oversees all aspects of OLG’s business information management and the use of technology to ensure trustworthy interactions between OLG and the public, business partners, government, external service providers and other external stakeholders.

Brian, who brings more than 15 years of executive and CIO leadership experience to OLG, has spearheaded change initiatives that have transformed organizations through business and technology re-engineering. Before joining OLG, Brian served as Chief Technology Officer for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Administration Corporation. Previous roles included Head of Global Technology Services for Blackberry and Chief Information Officer for the Canadian Depository for Securities.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Waterloo.

Alexandra Aguzzi

Alexandra Aguzzi provides executive leadership for strategic communications, stakeholder management, government relations, municipal engagement and social responsibility.

Since joining OLG in 2007, she has managed OLG’s relationship with the Ontario government, establishing the Government Relations department to lead this work. Her role has since expanded to include public affairs, internal and external communications, issues management, media relations, French language services and social responsibility.

Before joining OLG, Alexandra spent 17 years working in the Ontario government including the Ministry of Finance. Alexandra received an Amethyst for supporting negotiations with Ontario First Nations (2008). Alexandra also served as Chief of Staff for two Deputy Ministers and led a team responsible for oversight of the LCBO, AGCO and the Ontario Racing Commission.

Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto.

TICKET WORTH $100,000 UNCLAIMED IN TORONTO

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTO 6/49 prize worth $100,000 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, November 25, 2015 ENCORE – LOTTO 6/49 draw were 1 – 7 – 3 – 1 – 4 – 5 – 9. Players must match the last six of the seven numbers drawn in exact order to win the $100,000 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, November 25, 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 off 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:

  • Visit the 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.

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 $44 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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President and CEO Statement Casino Rama Resort data breach

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is working with its operator after a site-specific cyberattack at Casino Rama.

The hackers accessed Casino Rama’s internal computer systems resulting in the theft of customer, employee and vendor information.

This cyberattack is contained to the Casino Rama site, as its computer systems are not linked to OLG or other casino gaming facilities in Ontario.

We continue to work with Casino Rama, the gaming regulator, and law enforcement to ensure that all necessary steps are being taken to investigate, and contain the incident.

OLG is working to ensure that those affected get the assistance they need under these difficult circumstances.

Customers, employees and stakeholders are being notified, and measures have been put in place to provide up-to-date information and support.

Stephen Rigby
President and CEO, OLG

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