CELEBRATING $8 MILLION RAISED FOR TORONTO CHARITIES THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an important milestone in Toronto. More than $8 million has been raised and has benefited 53 charities which are part of the Dolphin Gaming Centre Association 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), local charities and gaming and bingo centre operators.

Dolphin Gaming Centre hosted the official celebration for the $8 million milestone. This location converted to a Charitable Gaming Centre in 2015. Today’s event was attended by Lorenzo Berardinetti, MPP Scarborough Southwest, Michelle Holland, Councillor Ward 35, City of Toronto, Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming at OLG, and Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

“It is an amazing achievement, raising $8 million since late April 2015 to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations in our community,” said Lorenzo Berardinetti, MPP Scarborough Southwest. “The revitalization of Charitable Gaming has resulted in sustaining many essential services in the Toronto community.  I want to thank the charities, their volunteers and the gaming centre staff who have helped reach this impressive milestone.”

“The City of Toronto is very proud of our community partnership with Dolphin Gaming Centre and their 53 local charities and not-for-profits that have contributed $8 million for programs and services in our city in under three years,” said Councillor Michelle Holland. All of these funds remain in our community and benefit the people of Toronto in a way that has tremendous impact.”

“OLG is proud of the Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative and the role we play in providing sustainable revenue sources to the charities that serve the City of Toronto,” said Rick Gray, Vice President, Charitable Gaming at OLG.

“Today is celebrating the wonderful success of Charitable Gaming in Toronto,” 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 12 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 choice, and complement 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 $180 million in additional money for local charities and their communities.

As part of the revitalization OLG implemented its responsible gambling platform, PlaySmart, at all 31 Charitable Gaming Centres. The PlaySmart program and on-site PlaySmart Centres provide staff, volunteers, new and seasoned players with information on positive play and assistance to those who may express concerns about their gambling.  PlaySmart is the go-to place for facts, tools and advice.  Approximately every other month PlaySmart Centre staff visit the sites to answer questions, connect with players, and run interactive educational events.  PlaySmart Centres are operated and managed by the Responsible Gambling Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of problem gambling.

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 helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $47 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 SIGNS CASINO OPERATING AND SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR GTA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has signed a 22-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA) with Ontario Gaming GTA LP (OGGLP) for the GTA Gaming Bundle.

The GTA Gaming Bundle is the fifth bundle to transition to a service provider in Ontario. It is the latest step in OLG’s land-based gaming modernization, which is creating the conditions for a vibrant gaming industry in the province, and bringing jobs and investment to communities across Ontario.

OGGLP now assumes responsibility for the day-to-day operations and assets of OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack, OLG Slots at Ajax Downs and Great Blue Heron Casino.

OGGLP is a Canadian partnership comprised of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (“Great Canadian”) and Brookfield Business Partners LP (“Brookfield Business Partners”). Great Canadian and Brookfield Business Partners each hold a 49 per cent interest in OGGLP. Clairvest Group Inc. holds a two per cent interest.

Great Canadian will operate the gaming facilities within the GTA Bundle on behalf of the Partnership.

OLG has an internationally-recognized Responsible Gambling (RG) program and embeds its high standards for RG into the contracts it has with service providers.

OLG provides the provincial government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

Founded in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a BC based company that operates 22 gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Washington State. Fundamental to the company’s culture is its commitment to social responsibility. “PROUD of our people, our business, our community” is Great Canadian’s brand that unifies the company’s community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually invests over $2.5 million in our communities, and in 2016, over 1,500 charitable organizations were supported by Great Canadian. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.

 Brookfield Business Partners is a business services and industrial company focused on owning and operating high-quality businesses within Brookfield’s private equity group that benefit from barriers to entry and/or low production costs. Brookfield Business Partners is listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Further information is available at http://bbu.brookfield.com. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information. Brookfield Business Partners is the flagship listed business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $265 billion of assets under management. For more information, go to www.brookfield.com.

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 helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $47 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 MAKES THIRD-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST COMMUNITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued third-quarter (October to December, 2017) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling $27,569,501 to 24 communities which currently host gaming facilities. To date, host communities have received more than $1.4 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.

“OLG’s host fees provide municipalities with important funds to enable investments in their communities,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Finance. “People all across Ontario benefit from OLG revenues that support broader public services including health care and education.”

These payments are made under an equitable formula that determines the funds communities receive for hosting a gaming facility and are based on a graduated scale of gaming revenue that is consistent across all sites in Ontario.

At approximately $2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization will help OLG provide more money to Ontario for hospitals and other government priorities.

In fiscal 2017-2018, the province will allocate $115 million in gaming revenue to support charities through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Every year, the Government of Ontario allocates funding to the province’s problem gambling program for research, treatment and prevention. The amount for fiscal 2017-2018 is $38 million.

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 helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $47 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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WIN A $250,000 JACKPOT BY MATCHING ALL OR NONE OF YOUR NUMBERS WITH THE NEW HIT OR MISS LOTTERY GAME

Toronto, ON – Imagine winning a lottery jackpot without matching a single number on your ticket to those drawn. Now, imagine watching the draw that wins you that jackpot wherever and whenever you want. Both are now possible with the new HIT OR MISS lotto game from OLG! Lottery players have a chance to win the top prize by matching all or none of their numbers and can watch the animated draws, taking place approximately every 5 minutes, on their mobile device or desktop.

“The new HIT OR MISS game lets you watch animated draws at your convenience from your smartphone or computer,” said Wendy Montgomery, OLG Senior Vice President, Lottery & iGaming. “Match some, match none or match all your numbers to win up to $250,000!”

How to Play:

  • For $2 per play, choose 12 numbers from 1 to 24 or ask your lottery retailer for a Quick Pick; buy up to 30 draws in advance.
  • Match all 12 numbers or match none at all to win the top prize of $250,000.
  • HIT OR MISS prizes range from a Free Play to $250,000.
  • Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 2.2.
  • Watch the animated draws approximately every five minutes on your mobile device or desktop with the OLG Lottery App or on ca.
  • View the draws and check the results at your convenience.
  • HIT OR MISS tickets can only be purchased and redeemed at an OLG lottery retailer.

HIT OR MISS is the first lottery game that allows players to watch draws as they happen on the OLG Lottery App or on OLG.ca. And it’s the first lottery game where players can win a top prize by matching none of their numbers!

Sales for HIT OR MISS began today. For more information on How to Play as well as full prize details, odds of winning and the draw schedule, visit the HIT OR MISS page on OLG.ca.

Responsible Gambling is an essential part of OLG’s organizational culture and is integrated into the overall business strategy, products, and operations to help develop healthy play habits and create a positive player experience. For facts, tools and advice on gambling visit PlaySmart.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 helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $47 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.

All for Here – 100 per cent of OLG’s proceeds are invested in Ontario
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HIT OR MISS FACT SHEET

  • HIT OR MISS is the new lottery game from OLG where players can win the top prize by matching all or none of the numbers on their ticket to those drawn.
  • For $2 per play, you could win prizes from a Free Play up to $250,000.

OLG Hit or Miss game on smartphone

  • Approximately every five minutes, each day,12 winning numbers will be drawn from a field of 24. Match all 12 numbers, or match none at all to win the top prize of $250,000!
  • Watch the animated draws from anywhere, anytime with the OLG Lottery App or on ca.
  • The most recent version of the OLG Lottery App is required to view the HIT OR MISS draws. Scan your HIT OR MISS ticket using the app’s ticket checker.
  • Odds of winning the $250,000 top prize are 1 in 1,352,078. Odds of winning any prize with HIT OR MISS are 1 in 2.2.
  • HIT OR MISS tickets can only be purchased and redeemed at an OLG lottery retailer.
  • Update to the newest version of the OLG Lottery App to view HIT OR MISS draws or check your tickets.
  • For full details on HIT OR MISS including How to Play instructions, the draw schedule and complete odds of winning, go to ca or visit your lottery retailer.
  • HIT OR MISS is available for purchase beginning January 9, 2018 with the first draw taking place at 7 a.m.
  • Responsible Gambling is an essential part of OLG’s organizational culture and is integrated into the overall business strategy, products, and operations to help develop healthy play habits and create a positive player experience. For facts, tools and advice on gambling visit ca. HIT OR MISS incorporates several player protections including: a fixed $2 price point with no variable wagering or prizes, forced breaks with a maximum of 30 draw advance play, and easy access to PlaySmart information on all platforms that offer winning results.