1989 – 1975

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December

1989

The Ontario government makes lottery profits available for the operation of hospitals.

November

1989

ENCORE, a lottery played in conjunction with LOTTO 6/49, launches.

January

1989

PICK-3, Ontario's daily lottery, launches.

July

1986

The government announces OLC's relocation from Toronto to Sault Ste. Marie.

September

1985

LOTTO 6/49 becomes a biweekly lottery game with draws on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

March

1984

SHOOT TO SCORE, the first $2 Instant game, launches.

Illustration of one billion dollars
1984

OLC profits paid to the province top $1 billion.

September

1982

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is created to distribute lottery proceeds through the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation.

June

1982

The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation launches LOTTO 6/49, Canada's first nation-wide on-line terminal lottery game.

December

1979

Total lottery sales pass the $1 billion mark.

November

1978

LOTTARIO, Ontario's first on-line terminal lotto game, launches.

March

1976

Lottery profits for the first year of OLC operations are $43 million.

October

1975

First regular broadcast of live WINTARIO television show airs with hosts Faye Dance and Fred Davis.

August

1975

First lottery profits of $6 million are paid to the province.

April

1975

OLC launches its first lottery game, WINTARIO. Game proceeds are dedicated through the Ministry of Culture and Recreation to promote physical fitness, sports, cultural and recreational activities. WINTARIO remains a flagship product until 1996.

Ontario Lottery Corporation logo

February

1975

Ontario Provincial Government creates the Ontario Lottery Corporation (OLC).