Long-Term Support for Ontario’s Horse Racing Industry

Today, Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO, released the following statement on new funding support for horse racing in Ontario:

“The Ontario government has announced additional funding for the horse racing industry that will help more racetracks, breeders and horsepeople access support.

Under an amended Long-Term Funding Agreement (LTFA), OLG will contribute $10 million annually to support programs for breeders and horsepeople. The LTFA also solidifies agreements with racetracks that have chosen to receive funding to support operations under the Optional Slots at Racetracks Program.

Beginning April 1, 2019, OLG will provide nearly two decades of stable funding to help build a sustainable industry in the province. It is a comprehensive package of support that was designed to reach all areas of the industry and reaffirms OLG’s commitment to invest in a sector of Ontario’s gaming marketplace that provides a great deal of value to the province.

The Agreement includes mechanisms for greater reporting, accountability and transparency, and will encourage the industry to work collaboratively on self-governance.

Strengthening Ontario’s horse racing industry will help protect thousands of jobs and provide economic benefit to rural communities across the province.”

OLG is a crown agency that develops world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario. Acting in a socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; PlayOLG Internet gaming; and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres. OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $50 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment, prevention and research of problem gambling; and support for amateur athletes. Each year, proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local charities across the province.

All for Here – 100 per cent of OLG’s proceeds are invested in Ontario
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OLG’S RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING PROGRAM AGAIN RECOGNIZED AS BEST IN THE WORLD

TORONTO – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is honoured to receive the World Lottery Association’s (WLA) 2018 Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program award in recognition of its PlaySmart program.

OLG received this international recognition for the first time in 2014 and is the only lottery and gaming organization in the world to win this award twice. The WLA made the announcement during its biennial World Lottery Summit held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Presented every two years, the award recognizes excellence in responsible gambling and rewards the gaming and lottery organization with the best overall program from among the more than 80-member countries. Eligibility for the top prize is limited to gaming operators with level 4 certification, the WLA’s highest level of accreditation.

“OLG’s Responsible Gambling program is driven by a simple vision: to provide a healthy and positive gambling experience for all players,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have a responsibility to our customers, employees, as well as our business and community partners, to provide the most effective programming that promotes positive play and mitigates harmful gambling.”

In particular, the WLA recognized PlaySmart’s strategic approach to responsible gambling, its commitment to continuous improvement and its success in implementing robust and innovative training programs for retailers and employees.

OLG’s Responsible Gambling program – PlaySmart – provides an innovative approach to player education, using engaging multimedia content at province-wide gaming sites, live events, online and through social media. PlaySmart aims to help gamblers of all levels to better understand key gambling concepts, to know how the games work, and to budget their play, by making gambling education as fun and entertaining as gambling itself.

OLG builds on the strength of its Responsible Gambling program by working with independent experts in an effort to prevent problem gambling from occurring in the first place, and by strengthening the bridge to support services for those who need it.

OLG upholds the importance of responsible gambling by requiring service providers who operate Ontario’s gaming sites to adhere to OLG’s rigorous RG standards and controls. The PlaySmart program is evidence-informed, designed and delivered in collaboration with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Responsible Gambling Council, Gambling Research Exchange Ontario, ConnexOntario and Credit Canada.

OLG is a crown agency that develops world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario. Acting in a socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; PlayOLG Internet gaming; and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres. OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $50 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment, prevention and research of problem gambling; and support for amateur athletes. Each year, proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local charities across the province.

All for Here – 100 per cent of OLG’s proceeds are invested in Ontario
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New Gaming Site Coming to North Bay

OLG and the Government of Ontario have approved Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd., the service provider for the North Gaming Bundle, to establish a gaming site in the City of North Bay. The site will be known as Cascades Casino North Bay and an opening date will be announced in the coming weeks.

TICKET WORTH $10,000 UNCLAIMED IN KESWICK

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – There are two weeks left to claim a PICK 4 prize worth $10,000 for a ticket sold nearly a year ago in Keswick. The winning numbers from the Friday, March 16, 2018 PICK 4 – EVENING draw were 0 – 3 – 1 – 1.

Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The owner(s) of this ticket should fill in the back portion, sign it and contact the OLG Prize Centre at 20 Dundas Street West in Toronto before 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

The OLG Prize Centre is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Winners of up to $250,000 also have the convenience of dropping off winning tickets for processing at participating gaming sites. Please call the OLG Support Centre 1-800-387-0098 for more details or a list of locations.

Information about this and other unclaimed tickets is available by visiting the Unclaimed Tickets page on OLG.ca.

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

  • Check the winning numbers on OLG.ca.
  • Use the OLG Lottery App on your mobile device. Scan the ticket barcode and wait for the message to appear on the screen.
  • 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.
  • Call our WIN! Line at 416-870-8946 (Toronto area) or toll free at 1-866-891-8946 (outside Toronto area).
  • 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 a crown agency that develops world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario. Acting in a socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; PlayOLG Internet gaming; and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres. OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $50 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment, prevention and research of problem gambling; and support for amateur athletes. Each year, proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local charities across the province.

All for Here – 100 per cent of OLG’s proceeds are invested in Ontario
OLG.ca
Follow on Twitter @OLGtoday

PlaySmart.ca
Knowledge you can bet on.
Follow on Twitter @PlaySmartOLG

THE ONTARIO PROBLEM GAMBLING HELPLINE 1-888-230-3505

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CONTACT:
OLG MEDIA RELATIONS
1-888-946-6716