2004 – 2000

October

2004

OLGC introduces changes to ENCORE, its Ontario-only game played in conjunction with other on-line lotteries (except Sports), with top prize of $1 million and a new prize category.

September

2004

OLGC introduces PICKS, PROPS and POOLS, new ways to play Ontario's sport wagering game PRO*PICKS.

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August

2004

Largest-ever LOTTO 6/49 jackpot to date of $29.14 million won in Ontario.

June

2004

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, a $1 billion entertainment complex, opens to the public.

OLGC's Ex-M Lottery Terminal Program receives prestigious 2004 Canadian Project Excellence Award (CPEX) for Best Practices in project management.

May

2004

LOTTO 6/49 is redesigned to offer bigger jackpots more often.

December

2003

Slots at Grand River Raceway opens.

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August

2003

Launch of new responsible gaming awareness message "Know your limit, play within it!"

Name of the new Niagara Falls casino announced - Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.

July

2003

Mega Bucks Wide Area Progressive Slot machines are introduced to OLGC's Charity Casinos.

November

2002

LOTTO 6/49 celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a bonus $6.49 million draw at a Canadian Football Grey Cup game.

September

2002

Grand opening of Casino Rama Resort Hotel.

June

2002

Thousand Islands Charity Casino opens.

August

2001

Design plans are unveiled and construction begins on the Thousand Islands Charity Casino.

July

2001

The Casino Rama Entertainment Centre opens.

June

2001

Slots at Woodstock Raceway opens.

May

2001

ENCORE becomes a nightly lottery game available with all OLGC on-line games (excluding Sports Lotteries), and allows for purchases of up to 10 ENCORE selections for any one draw. The advance play feature allows purchases of up to 10 draws in advance for all OLGC on-line games (excluding Sports Lotteries).

April

2001

Slots at Dresden Raceway opens.

March

2001

OLGC announces that a charity casino will be located in eastern Ontario on a parcel of land straddling the two communities of Leeds and Thousand Islands and Gananoque.

February

2001

Slots at Hanover Raceway opens.

October

2000

Slots at Flamboro Downs opens.

August

2000

Slots at Clinton Raceway and Thunder Bay Charity Casino opens

June

2000

SUPERSTAR BINGO awards $835,503.76, the largest bingo prize in Canadian history.

May

2000

The slot facility at Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, an aboriginal charity casino, opens.

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April

2000

The Government of Ontario merges the mandates and operations of the Ontario Lottery Corporation (OLC) and the Ontario Casino Corporation (OCC) to form the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC).

March

2000

Slots at Woodbine Racetrack opens.

February

2000

Slots at Rideau Carleton Raceway opens.

January

2000

OLC introduces CASH FOR LIFE, the first lottery in Canada to offer a top prize in the form of an annuity. The new CASH FOR LIFE lottery game gives players a chance to win $1,000 a week.