Pinder Basi

Pinder is responsible for the company’s overall financial management and for multiple corporate functions including financial planning, controllership, procurement, and finance strategy – systems and programs.

Pinder is an experienced executive with a proven track record in finance and business with a focus on growth, profitability, and collaboration. He has been a successful leader in various sectors, including entertainment, packaged goods, and retail.

Prior to joining OLG, Pinder served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Mastermind Toys. In this role, Pinder was a key member of the executive team that grew Mastermind Toys from a Toronto-based retailer into a national chain and e-commerce operation. Prior to Mastermind Toys, Pinder served as a Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations with Universal Studios Canada, a division of NBC Universal.

Pinder is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Duncan Hannay

Duncan Hannay is a purpose-driven leader with proven ability to champion new ideas, build winning teams and drive innovation to deliver strong results to his stakeholders. As President and CEO, Duncan and his team are committed to building a strategy for the future and leading the organization through recovery and the next phase of growth, while continuing to support communities across Ontario.

Duncan has more than 25 years of experience growing businesses across industries, channels and locations around the world. Before joining OLG, he was President and CEO of Street Capital Group Inc, a Canadian public company offering best-in-class retail banking products through its Schedule I bank platform. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Finastra, a global leader in software solutions for retail banking, transaction banking, lending, and treasury and capital markets. He also served as an executive leader at the Canadian-based financial technology provider D+H, as President of Global Lending Solutions and as President of D+H Canada. In addition, Duncan has held senior executive positions with global financial service providers Scotiabank and E*TRADE Financial.

In 2010, Duncan was inducted into the McMaster University Alumni Gallery, and in 2013, was recognized as “Marketer of the Year” by U.S.-based Strategy Magazine.

Duncan is an active supporter of charitable causes and community development. As a long-serving board member and former Chair of Covenant House Toronto, he has worked to enhance public awareness of the challenges facing homeless youth, while strengthening community supports.

Along with his team, Duncan is also committed to continuing to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a key part of the culture at OLG and everything it does.

Duncan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University.

FAQ: EXTENDED DEADLINE TO CLAIM SOME LOTTERY PRIZES

Expiry Date Extension

Q: WHY ARE YOU EXTENDING THE EXPIRY DATES FOR SOME PRIZE CLAIMS?
A: Lottery customers’ ability to claim prizes may have been affected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures put in place to limit its spread, including the temporary closure of the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. To allow these customers an opportunity to claim prizes, the expiry date for all prize claims for lottery game tickets that would have otherwise expired from March 17, 2020 up to and including September 17, 2020, have been extended by six months (183 days).

Q: ARE THERE CERTAIN GAMES TO WHICH THIS EXTENSION APPLIES?
A: The expiry date for all prize claims for lottery game tickets that would have otherwise expired from March 17, 2020 up to and including September 17, 2020, have been extended by six months (183 days). This extension applies to all tickets sold through OLG lottery terminals, on PlayOLG.ca and INSTANT tickets. If you have questions about the eligibility of your ticket as it applies to this extension, please contact the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098.

Q: I HAVE A TICKET THAT EXPIRED BEFORE MARCH 17/WILL EXPIRE AFTER SEPTEMBER 17. DOES THE EXPIRY DATE EXTENSION APPLY TO MY TICKET?
A: This six-month prize claim extension is only applicable to tickets that would have otherwise expired from March 17, 2020 up to and including September 17, 2020. For all other tickets, the expiry date remains as either 12 months from the date of the draw for online games or as indicated on the back of the ticket for INSTANT games.

Q: IS THIS EXTENSION EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY?
A: Yes. If you have a ticket that would have originally expired on or after March 17, 2020 and previously received an “Expired” message when trying to validate it, please try again as we have updated our system to validate affected tickets. If you have questions about the eligibility of your ticket as it applies to this extension, please contact the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098.

Q: HOW DO I GO ABOUT STARTING MY PRIZE CLAIM?
A: Please attempt to have your ticket validated at a lottery terminal. Prizes up to $999.90 can be paid in-store subject to the availability of cash on site and the retailer’s current cash handling policies. Prize claims up to $49,999.90 can be mailed to the OLG Prize Centre for processing. For prizes of $50,000 or greater, please retain your ticket and contact OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098.

Q: WILL YOU CONSIDER PERMANENTLY EXTENDING EXPIRY PERIODS TO 18 MONTHS FOR ONLINE LOTTERY GAMES?
A: No. This six-month prize claim extension is only applicable to tickets that would have otherwise expired from March 17, 2020 up to and including September 17, 2020. For all
other tickets, the expiry date remains as either 12 months from the date of the draw for online games or as indicated on the back of the ticket for INSTANT games.

Mail-In Prize Claim Limit Increase

Q: WHY HAVE YOU INCREASED THE MAIL-IN PRIZE CLAIM LIMIT TO $49,999.90?
A: As the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto remains temporarily closed to the public, OLG wants to continue to provide our customers with a new option to present prize claims. Effective immediately and until further notice, we have increased the limit for mail-in prize claims to $49,999.90.

Q: WHY CAN’T ALL PRIZE CLAIMS BE SUBMITTED BY MAIL?
A: OLG’s goal is to pay the right prize to the right person, every time. Major prize claims of $50,000 or more require a face-to-face interview and cannot be submitted by mail. At this time, the OLG Prize Centre is closed to the public and so these prize claims cannot be processed. Lottery prizes claims of $50,000 or more may be made once the Prize Centre is re-opened.

Q: WHAT PAPERWORK IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A MAIL-IN PRIZE CLAIM?
A: There are different requirements for mail-in prize claims depending on the prize amount. Please visit the How to Claim Prizes page of OLG.ca for more information about the various requirements for mail-in claims and examples of acceptable identification.

Q: IS THIS INCREASE TO THE MAIL-IN PRIZE CLAIM LIMIT PERMANENT?
A: Effective immediately and until further notice, we have increased the limit for mail-in prize claims to $49,999.90.

Q: HOW DO I CLAIM A PRIZE OF $50,000 OR MORE?
A: Lottery prizes of $50,000 or more may be redeemed once the Prize Centre is re-opened. In the meantime, we can assure our valued customers that all lottery prizes will be redeemed per their terms and conditions on OLG.ca. If you believe you have won a prize of $50,000 or more, please call the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098.

Statement from the Chair Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

“President and CEO to Leave OLG after Five Years”

This is to advise that Stephen Rigby has agreed with the Board of Directors that he will leave the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) after five years at the helm. Stephen will remain at OLG until the Summer when a new CEO is confirmed, working with new leadership to ensure a smooth transition.

The Board of Directors thanks Stephen for his outstanding service as the President and Chief Executive Officer of OLG. During that time, OLG has delivered unprecedented value to the Province. OLG’s returns have grown from $1.7 billion in 2015 to nearly $2.5 billion and are on track to attain over $3.0 billion by 2022-23. This growth reflects a healthy and thriving land-based gaming, lottery and digital business.

In land-based gaming, we implemented one of the largest public-private partnership projects in Canada. Through an open, fair and transparent procurement, four operators have been selected to manage the day-to-day operations of casinos, expend capital, and invest in communities throughout Ontario. Since 2015, four new facilities have opened in Belleville, Peterborough, Chatham, and Sarnia, with construction well underway for new casinos in Pickering and North Bay, as well as the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre. So far, $600 million has been invested by the private sector in new capital, creating 500 new gaming jobs.  By 2023, these investments will grow to $4 billion, creating thousands of new jobs across Ontario.

OLG’s growing returns also reflect a thriving lottery business, with nearly 10,000 points of sale across Ontario lottery retail in support of small business and larger outlets, featuring popular products such as LOTTO MAX. Lottery sales have hit an unprecedented $4 billion under Stephen’s leadership. OLG is now deploying new lottery terminals in each of these locations, marrying state-of-the-art integrity with customer service.

OLG is also making investments in new digital technologies that will transform its online presence, building on PlayOLG which has doubled its customer base in the last 18 months.

While generating more money for the Province to support critical public services, we’ve also served the broader public interest. We invested wisely in our responsible gambling programs which earned global recognition through the World Lottery Association.

At the same time, we’ve put in place historic agreements which fund 1,800 charities province wide, and put horse racing on the path of sustainability, protecting jobs in communities big and small.

As Chair of the Board of Directors, you have my assurance that OLG’s commitment to its business and stakeholder partnerships, and dedication to world-class gaming entertainment is unwavering, today and in the future.

As Chair of the Board, I have launched a process to identify a successor to the outgoing President and CEO. We thank Stephen Rigby for his outstanding tenure which positions OLG for continued success going forward.

Peter M. Deeb
Chair, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

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 more than $52 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment and prevention 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.

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Vikram Khurana

Vikram (Vik) Khurana is Chair of Toronto Business Development Centre, a leading business incubator, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Canada Post Community Foundation and Board of Directors of Ontario Capital Growth Corporation. He is founder of a number of multinational businesses including Prudential Consulting, Inc. and Leading System Consultants, and has advised multinational organizations in Information Technology (IT) and IT enabled services, and business process outsourcing. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Khurana worked at TD Bank.

Mr. Khurana served on the Board of Directors of Export Development Canada, FinDev Canada, the Dean’s Council of Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Advisory Board of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Khurana is an active participant in a variety of fundraising activities for development-related causes and was an honorary member of the Board of Governors at Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation in Toronto.

Gail Beggs

Gail Beggs has more than 30 years of experience leading organizations in the Ontario Public Service, including serving as Deputy Minister of the ministries of the Environment, Natural Resources and the Ontario Secretariat for Aboriginal Affairs.

Ms. Beggs currently serves on the board and chairs the Governance Committee of the Condominium Regulatory Authority of Ontario and volunteers with not-for-profit organizations including the Board of Directors of Forests Ontario and the Government Relations Committee of DeafBlind Ontario Services.

During her public service career, Ms. Beggs was President and CEO and Chair of the Board of the Ontario Clean Water Agency, an Ontario Crown corporation, and Chair of the Board of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, a binational agency.

BE “GIFT SMART” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: LOTTERY GIFTS ARE FOR GROWN-UPS ONLY

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), like many Ontarians at this time of year, has holiday traditions. The most important of them – to remind parents and adults that all lottery products, including INSTANT tickets, are a form of gambling and are not suitable gifts for children and minors.

Lottery products may be great stocking stuffers, but not for children and youth. It is important that parents and adults understand the proven risks and impacts associated with underage gambling. Please only buy lottery gifts for friends and family who are 18 years of age and older.

There is extensive free information and resources available concerning youth and gambling:

  • The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program (YGAP) is a free service funded by Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care offering educational prevention programs to youth and adults involved in young people’s lives on gambling awareness including potential risks, making informed decisions and healthy and active living.
  • The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, run by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers information and resources for parents who are concerned about their own gambling, and the effects of problem gambling on children.

Also, OLG’s PlaySmart.ca features important information and opportunities to learn more about the comprehensive programs in place to help players make informed choices about gambling.

OLG has supported the National Council of Problem Gambling and McGill University’s Holiday Campaign for many years, which encourages lotteries in Canada, the United States and around the world to promote the important message that lottery is not for kids.

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 more than $52 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment and prevention 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.

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Tony Wong

Tony Wong leads a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers and subject matter experts in areas that include corporate and commercial law, litigation, procurement, compliance, anti-money laundering, investigations, privacy, freedom of information and governance. In this role, he provides timely and business-oriented advice that advances the organization’s strategic initiatives including Land-based Gaming modernization, digital strategy, integrated customer experience strategy, support for horseracing and the development of an enterprise-wide compliance framework.

Tony has extensive expertise and experience in the areas of litigation, contract, tort, privacy and administrative law, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining OLG, Tony was a partner at the Toronto law firm of Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP and regularly appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Ontario.

Tony earned a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

OLG MAKES FIRST-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST COMMUNITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) issued the first-quarter (April 1 to June 30, 2019) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling $44,399,230 to 25 communities which currently host gaming facilities.

To date, host communities have received more than $1.6 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.

“OLG has established tremendous partnerships with host municipalities and the revenue generated at these local gaming sites is helping to improve the quality of life for individuals and families right across the province,” said Rod Phillips, Ontario Minister of Finance.

“These funds are invested in plenty of important projects, including much needed investment in local infrastructure, community programs and services, roads and public transit,” Phillips said.

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.

OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue from Government Business Enterprises. In 2017-2018, this amounted to $2.49 billion.

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.

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Peter M. Deeb

Peter Deeb is Chair of Hampton Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services business that engages in the areas of wealth management, capital markets and principal trading.

As a private equity investor and financial services executive for more than 30 years, Mr. Deeb has been engaged in managing and financing companies in the energy, shipping and property sectors. His career also included many years in the Middle East, Asia and Africa as an advisor to both government and industry on Middle Eastern affairs.

Mr. Deeb currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rift Energy Corporation. He is also a Cabinet member of the YMCA of Greater Toronto Area Strong Start, Great Future Campaign. He is a former Chair of Opera Mississauga and of the Ontario District Counsel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), where he was also Chair of its National Advisory Committee. Mr. Deeb was also a long-serving member of the Board of the Canadian Opera Company.

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.

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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.

Nancy Kennedy

Nancy Kennedy is responsible for OLG’s strategic human resources, and talent and change management, with the goal of being one of Ontario’s leading employers and a world-class leader in responsible adult gaming entertainment. As Senior Vice President, Risk and Audit (Interim), she is responsible for advancing OLG’s risk management, business continuity, and internal audit programs. Most recently, Nancy served as OLG’s Vice President, Social Responsibility and as Senior Strategic Advisor to the CEO.

Before joining OLG, Nancy served as the Deputy Minister of Treasury Board Secretariat and prior to that, was the inaugural President and Chief Operating Officer at the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).

Nancy has two decades of senior public policy and regulatory experience, having led high profile projects, including work with OLG, OCS, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and Metrolinx. Nancy also held senior positions leading policy and strategy in Cabinet Office and the Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care, Transportation, and Government and Consumer Services.

Orlando M. Rosa

Orlando Rosa has built depth and variance in a law practice primarily focused on civil and commercial litigation.

Mr. Rosa is Managing Partner of Wishart Law Firm LLP in Sault Ste. Marie. He handles a variety of large and complex litigation including railroad liability cases, environmental, insurance, contractual, municipal and tort claims for various clients.

Mr. Rosa graduated cum laude from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in 1981.

Malissa Petch

Malissa Petch is responsible for advancing OLG’s risk management, business continuity, and internal audit programs. Her focus is on the design of enterprise-wide risk strategy and framework that integrates within existing strategic and operational processes, enables advancement of an agile, risk-based decision-making culture, and ultimately helps the organization achieve the goals and objectives outlined under the organization’s modernization strategy.

Malissa previously led the Canadian Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) practice at PWC and developed their performance-based ERM methodology. Prior to this, Malissa served as Vice President, Services and Client Experience and Vice President, Product for Resolver Inc. over a ten-year period. With 15 years as an Audit, Risk and Compliance professional, she has helped over 200 global private and public-sector clients build, refine, and mature their Audit, Risk and Compliance programs.

Malissa holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and is a certified Project Management Professional, (PMP) and certified Governance, Risk and Compliance Professional (GRCP).

OLG STATEMENT ON VALUE OF GTA TRANSACTION

Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO, released the following statement to correct significant inaccuracies in a recently published opinion piece regarding the financial value of the GTA Bundle transaction:

Today, an opinion piece was published which materially and incorrectly assesses and undervalues the financial value of the GTA Bundle transaction. One of the main reasons for this incorrect financial assessment and valuation is that the opinion characterizes the transaction as a simple one-time asset sale with the asset sale purchase price being the only measure of financial value. This is not the case.

The purchase price paid by the Service Provider (Ontario Gaming GTA LP) to OLG is for the gaming assets used to operate the gaming sites in the bundle, such as, gaming equipment and gaming facility leases.  This purchase price is only one minor component of the financial value of the transaction to OLG and the Province. In fact, in addition to receiving the purchase price for the gaming assets, OLG retains all future gaming revenue from the bundle and is no longer responsible for capital and operating costs. Ontario Gaming GTA LP is paid a fee to operate the gaming facilities in the bundle and to invest in its development and growth which will increase revenue to OLG and the Province.

Consequently, as was done in the opinion piece, using only the asset purchase price to calculate the estimated total value of the transaction is incorrect and results in a grossly understated financial value.

In fact, the transaction has been independently evaluated by the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO). The FAO estimated the total financial benefit to Ontario to be $34. 5 billion over 22 years.

In addition, there will be other economic benefits returned to the Province.  The GTA Bundle is expected to create 3000 to 4000 new jobs as well as approximately $2 billion in capital investment in the region.

It is clear the GTA Bundle transaction creates substantial and lasting financial and economic value for OLG and the people of Ontario.

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OLG MAKES FOURTH-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST COMMUNITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued fourth-quarter (January to March, 2018) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling $23,188,328 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 provides host municipalities with significant revenues every year which help communities invest in local priorities and infrastructure projects,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance. “These types of investments also stimulate job growth and promote economic development across the province.”

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 allocated $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 was $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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Shelly Rae

Shelly Rae is the Head of Human Resources Consulting at People R Us. Ms. Rae has more than 25 years of experience in the Human Resources profession.

Ms. Rae has worked across a broad range of industries including financial services, manufacturing, retail, consumer packaged goods and the public sector. She specializes in finding workable solutions to human resource issues in support of business leaders in small and midsized companies — developing and executing on mission critical human capital strategies and tactics.

Prior to starting up People R Us, Ms. Rae held executive and leadership positions with The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company, the Municipality of Metro Toronto and Hallmark Cards.

OLG Statement: Temporary Suspension of Lottery Sales

Following a brief suspension of lottery sales this morning, OLG has resumed sales at lottery retailers with the exception of Hit or Miss.

OLG had suspended certain lottery sales as a precautionary measure due to a possible technical issue affecting the printing of lottery tickets which identifies the time a ticket was printed.

OLG continues to investigate the matter. In the meantime, OLG is satisfied that the integrity of lottery games and prize redemption are not affected, and has re-activated all lottery transactions, with one exception being Hit or Miss.

We regret the inconvenience to our customers.

OLG is working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue including the availability of Hit or Miss, and will post regular updates on OLG.ca.

OLG SELECTS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR WEST GTA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Ontario Gaming West GTA Limited Partnership (OGWGLP) as the service provider for the West GTA Gaming Bundle, following a competitive procurement process. OGWGLP consists of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (“Great Canadian”) and Clairvest Group Inc. Great Canadian will operate the gaming facilities within the West GTA Bundle on behalf of the partnership.

The West GTA bundle includes:

  • OLG Casino Brantford
  • OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack
  • OLG Slots at Flamboro Downs
  • OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway.

“OLG is bringing economic development and innovative entertainment to the west GTA region by selecting OGWGLP as the service provider for the bundle,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OGWGLP’s expertise and significant investment will help create up to 1,650 jobs while providing customers with exciting new entertainment options in newly-improved facilities.

Great Canadian is an established gaming and horse racing operator that will build strong relationships with local communities, employees, stakeholders and the horse racing industry. We are confident Great Canadian will operate the bundle in a responsible way.”

“Being awarded the West GTA Bundle is a true milestone for Great Canadian and the Partnership. We thank OLG for their confidence in our company and for providing us the opportunity to showcase and apply our gaming, racing and hospitality expertise to the selected properties,” said Rod N. Baker, Great Canadian’s President and CEO. “As a Canadian company that has a long history of responsibly and successfully operating gaming and racing facilities across Canada, we are both eager and excited to undertake what we feel will be a dramatic transformation of the gaming experience at these four properties, for the teams that work there, and the communities they reside in.”

“We are thrilled that OLG has selected the Partnership as the service provider for the West GTA Bundle. Together with Great Canadian, we are confident in our ability to deliver a unique and spectacular gaming and entertainment experience at the four properties within the bundle,” said Jeff Parr, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Clairvest Group Inc.

To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance. In order to ensure an open and transparent process for all proponents, OLG has engaged the services of an impartial Fairness Monitor to advise throughout the process and provide oversight on the fairness of the procurement.

While OGWGLP will be responsible for the day-to-day gaming operations in the bundle, OLG will continue to:

  • Provide strategic oversight of the West GTA Gaming Bundle and Ontario gaming marketplace—including approvals related to material changes to the business
  • Conduct and manage gaming in the bundle
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations and standards set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Require service providers to uphold the high standards of OLG’s Responsible Gambling program, including the self-exclusion program
  • Make Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities.

OLG employees will transfer to the new service provider and OLG will work with OGWGLP to ensure they have as smooth a transition as possible. This includes a requirement for the service provider to retain employees for a period of no less than 12 months in their current position and geographic location. OGWGLP will also be required to provide eligible employees with benefits and a registered pension plan.

OLG has entered into a Transition and Asset Purchase Agreement with OGWGLP for the West GTA Gaming Bundle, which sets out the customary closing conditions to be satisfied for OLG and OGWGLP to enter into a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA). OGWGLP is required to follow all applicable laws including AGCO’s regulated standards which require, among other things, rigorous Responsible Gambling policies and programs.

OLG expects that the service provider will take over day-to-day operations in spring 2018.

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.

Clairvest Group Inc. is a private equity investor which invests its own capital, and that of third parties through the Clairvest Equity Partners (“CEP”) limited partnerships, in businesses that have the potential to generate superior returns. In addition to providing financing, Clairvest contributes strategic expertise and execution ability to support the growth and development of its investee partners. Clairvest realizes value through investment returns and the eventual disposition of its investments.

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 STATEMENT REGARDING ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING REVIEW IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

TORONTO, ON – OLG takes the integrity of gaming seriously. OLG has confirmed with B.C. and Ontario regulators that Great Canadian is not under a criminal or regulatory investigation in British Columbia or Ontario for illegal activity involving money laundering. OLG is satisfied that Great Canadian (as part of Ontario Gaming GTA LP) will fulfill the opportunities in the GTA Gaming Bundle in a responsible way.

OLG undertook an open, fair and competitive procurement overseen by a Fairness Monitor in the selection of OGGLP as the service provider for the GTA bundle. In order to maintain the integrity and independence of procurement, the Province does not play a role in any of OLG’s procurement processes, including selecting the service provider for the GTA. Any regulatory or criminal investigation, sanctions or charges against Great Canadian would have required disclosure to OLG under our procurement process.

Like any gaming operator in Ontario, Great Canadian is registered with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).   AGCO performs extensive and independent due diligence into current and past business conduct before registering any gaming operator. In addition, AGCO examines a gaming operator’s ability to act in accordance with the law, with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest.

OLG is working closely with BCLC, our counterpart in B.C., as well as regulators to exchange current information.  OLG continues to monitor developments in B.C. and if other issues arise, OLG will respond accordingly.

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THE BIG SPIN INSTANT Game Fact Sheet

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  • THE BIG SPIN is an innovative new $5 Ontario-only INSTANT Game that combines popular scratch play, an in-store winning experience on the lottery terminal screen and an in-person spin on The BIG SPIN Wheel at the OLG Prize Centre when a top prize – a BIG SPIN – is won.
  • THE BIG SPIN INSTANT game has three fun ways to win:
  1. SCRATCH – To win an instant cash prize of $5 to $100,000 or a SPIN prize.
  2. WATCH – If the prize won is SPIN, visit any OLG retail location to validate the ticket and watch the animated wheel spin on the lottery terminal screen. Every “SPIN” is a guaranteed win! SPIN prizes range from $10 to $10,000 or a BIG SPIN.
  3. SPIN – If the animated wheel stops on “BIG SPIN,” the prize won is an actual spin on The BIG SPIN Wheel at the OLG Prize Centre for a guaranteed prize of $100,000 to $500,000!
  • There are eight (8) BIG SPIN top prizes available in the game.
  • Odds of winning any prize with THE BIG SPIN are 1 in 3.98.
  • Odds of winning a BIG SPIN are 1 in 1,034,075.
  • THE BIG SPIN will be available at OLG retail locations beginning September 4, 2017.
  • THE BIG SPIN tickets can be checked on the ticket checker, by your lottery retailer or by using the OLG Lottery App.
  • For full details on THE BIG SPIN and complete odds of winning, go to olg.ca or visit your lottery retailer.

OLG releases its fiscal 2015-16 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today released its Corporate Social Responsibility Report (CSR) for fiscal year 2015-16. The CSR report serves as a measure of OLG’s contribution and impacts that make life better for people across Ontario.

“Corporate social responsibility has been a part of OLG’s culture for over four decades,” said Paul Pellizzari, Executive Director, Policy and Social Responsibility at OLG. “OLG’s 2015-16 CSR report demonstrates how OLG makes Ontario a better place to live and our commitment to offering great games and destinations.”

OLG delivered more than $2.2 billion in net profit to the Ontario government in 2015-16 – money the government uses to support vital services Ontarians rely on. The report highlights OLG’s accomplishments in key areas of social responsibility including building public trust; addressing social impacts of gambling; supporting OLG employees; strengthening Ontario’s communities; and reducing OLG’s environmental impact. It also highlights the development and launch of PlaySmart, OLG’s education and player support program, which builds positive play habits into the gaming experience of every player.

OLG’s full 2015-2016 CSR report is available on OLG.ca.

OLG LAUNCHES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR LOTTERY TERMINALS

TORONTO, ON – Today, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) released a Request for proposals (RFP) to proponents selected to bid on replacing and updating OLG’s existing Lottery terminals and network in retail stores.

Replacing and updating Lottery terminals is part of OLG’s plan to improve the ways it connects with customers and ensure its technology is responsive to their changing expectations.

New Lottery terminals will provide a better retail experience for customers as well as enhance functionality for retailers. OLG will also add retailers to its network, allowing it to reach more people across the province in a responsible way.

In addition to replacing and updating the terminals, the selected service provider will also be responsible for maintaining the new terminals and managing the corresponding telecommunications network.

OLG expects to select a service provider in early 2018.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue.

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 $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 AND POLLARD BANKNOTE SIGN FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation) is pleased to announce the five-year extension of its contract with Pollard Banknote Limited (Pollard Banknote) to print lottery Instant tickets. The extended contract will increase the current contract value by approximately $100 million.

Over the next five years, OLG expects to purchase more than one billion Instant tickets from Pollard, who in turn will increase jobs at its Instant Ticket Finishing Plant in Sault Ste. Marie from the current 65 positions to 100 full-time positions by January 31, 2018. Wages at Pollard are also expected to grow by an additional $1.2 million.

“OLG is committed to maintaining strong partnerships with private sector companies like Pollard Banknote to help us deliver a great experience to customers and to generate increased revenue for the Province. This partnership adds to our skilled lottery operations, headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Stephen Rigby, President and CEO of OLG. “Our continued partnership with Pollard Banknote will allow OLG to maintain the excellent integrity levels in terms of ticket specifications and security that we have come to expect from Pollard and which are required to support the growing lottery business.”

Pollard Banknote has increased their production volumes over fivefold and doubled their employee levels at their Sault Ste. Marie finishing plant since becoming OLG’s primary Instant ticket supplier in 2007. This growth reflects the development of Ontario’s lottery business and the strong results achieved by its employees in Sault Ste. Marie.

“Pollard Banknote remains a strong partner of OLG, and we are committed to the City of Sault Ste. Marie and to generating funds for good causes in the province of Ontario,” said Douglas Pollard, Co-CEO of Pollard Banknote. “We are very proud of our growth in Sault Ste. Marie. Our Sault operation has been an innovation leader in our company, developing new methods to drive our manufacturing efficiency. And we are thrilled that the leadership and hard work of our dedicated staff are being rewarded with this contract extension and the additional jobs being created in Sault Ste. Marie.”

In 2015-2016, OLG’s lottery sales were a record $3.8 billion. Instant tickets such as Bingo, Crossword and Cash for Life are a significant part of OLG’s lottery business with annual sales of over $1.1 billion.

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 $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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GATEWAY REGIONAL DIRECTOR TO BE BASED IN SAULT STE. MARIE

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) will be appointing a new Regional Director to be based in Sault Ste. Marie. The Regional Director will manage the operational performance of gaming facilities in OLG’s (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s) North Gaming Bundle after Gateway takes over day-to-day operations, expected to take place in the coming weeks. The Regional Director will work closely with the general managers of each gaming facility in the North to ensure high-performing gaming operations in each of the host communities.

“Gateway is looking forward to expanding our footprint in the North and working closely with our new OLG colleagues in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Keith Andrews, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Ontario at Gateway. “Up to this point we’ve been working very hard to transition the properties and the employees, but very shortly our focus will turn to being on the ground in the Sault, talking to local decision makers, and benefitting from the depth of experience in Ontario gaming operations found in the Sault.”

Gateway is expected to sign a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA) with OLG in the coming weeks, after which Gateway will be responsible for the day-to-day gaming operations of the North Gaming Bundle which includes Casino Sault Ste. Marie, Casino Thunder Bay, OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs, as well as planned new builds in North Bay and Kenora.

“Partnerships with the private sector, like Gateway, will help ensure the best possible gaming experience for customers and will leverage our gaming expertise in the Province, headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Greg McKenzie, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at OLG. “We are pleased that Gateway has chosen to locate this strategic position in Sault Ste. Marie, which will help set up the North Bundle for success now and in the future.”

Gateway also operates the gaming facilities in the Southwest Gaming Bundle which includes Gateway Casinos in Clinton, Dresden, Hanover, London, Point Edward and Woodstock.

About Gateway Casinos & Entertainment
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) is the largest and most diversified gaming company in Canada. Operating in British Columbia, Edmonton and Southwestern Ontario, Gateway has over 5,200 employees and operates 23 gaming properties with 248 tables, over 8,400 slots, 54 restaurants and bars and 272 hotel rooms. As the selected service provider in Northern Ontario, Gateway will add an additional three properties and two new planned builds to the portfolio when fully transitioned and developed. Gateway is undertaking an ambitious growth strategy to dramatically improve the customer experience and attract new customers. This includes the development of proprietary food and beverage brands like Match Eatery & Public House and Atlas Steak + Fish. This year Gateway is celebrating 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Further information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.

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OLG LAUNCHES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR PLAYER PLATFORM

TORONTO, ON – Today, OLG has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new player platform. Through the RFP, OLG will select a service provider to provide a new enterprise wide digital foundation for OLG’s products.

The platform will improve the ways OLG connects with customers within a framework of social responsibility. It will allow OLG to add new games, improve the online experience and enable mobile responsiveness. It will also add to OLG’s existing digital capabilities in areas like player registration, responsible gambling controls and player accounts.

The RFP is another step in OLG’s plan to ensure its technology and product solutions are responsive to changing customer needs. Through its revised Lottery plan, OLG is seeking a way to unlock opportunities to create greater value for Ontario.

OLG expects to select a service provider for a new player platform in spring 2018.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness. At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue.

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OLG SELECTS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR OTTAWA AREA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected HR Ottawa, LP (known as “Hard Rock Casino Ottawa”) as the service provider for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle, following a competitive procurement process. The Hard Rock Casino Ottawa partnership consists of HR LP Investor Inc. (owned by Hard Rock International) and RCR Investor Inc. (owned by Rideau Carleton Raceway Holdings Limited).

“OLG has made an important step toward improving the customer experience in the Ottawa region,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “The investments Hard Rock Casino Ottawa will make will substantially enhance the gaming entertainment experience, while increasing revenue for the Province and encouraging local economic development.”

“We’re honoured to have been chosen by OLG as the service provider for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle,” said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. “Together with RCR, we plan to potentially invest more than $320 million to create an electrifying, integrated entertainment destination, leading to the potential creation of more than 1,900 construction-related jobs and 2,000 direct and indirect ongoing jobs and opportunities for the Ottawa community.”

“We are delighted to bring the iconic Hard Rock International casino operator to Ottawa,” said Andrew Wright, Director of Rideau Carleton Raceway. “Rideau Carleton Raceway has partnered with Hard Rock to build a major tourist destination that will offer multi-level entertainment, energized horse racing, a broader market and substantial economic benefits for all of our employees, patrons, and the Ottawa community.”

OLG has entered into a Transition and Asset Purchase Agreement with Hard Rock Casino Ottawa for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle, which sets out the customary closing conditions to be satisfied for OLG and Hard Rock Casino Ottawa to enter into a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA). Under the COSA, Hard Rock Casino Ottawa will take over day-to-day operations of OLG Slots at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

OLG expects that the service provider will take over day-to-day operations in fall 2017.

OLG employees will transfer to the new service provider and OLG will work with Hard Rock Casino Ottawa to ensure they have as smooth and seamless a transition as possible. This includes a requirement for the service provider to retain employees for a period of no less than 12 months in their current position and geographic location, and to provide eligible employees with benefits and a registered pension plan.

While Hard Rock Casino Ottawa will be responsible for the day-to-day gaming operations in the bundle, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage gaming in the bundle
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through the service provider, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Contribution Agreement payments to the host community

Hard Rock Casino Ottawa is required to follow all applicable laws including AGCO’s regulated standards which require, among other things, rigorous Responsible Gambling policies and programs.

To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice.

A press conference will be held today, Monday, May 15, at Rideau Carleton Raceway’s Banquet Room at 3:15 p.m. to discuss Hard Rock Casino Ottawa. Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen, Rideau Carleton Raceway Director Andrew Wright and OLG President and CEO, Stephen Rigby will be available for comment.

With venues in 75 countries, including 175 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Valencia, Innsbruck, Andorra la Vella and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, London, Los Cabos, New York City, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

Rideau Carleton Raceway Limited (“RCR”)  has operated Rideau Carleton Raceway Entertainment Centre and standardbred racing since 1962.  RCR is a longstanding member of the Ottawa community. RCR takes great pride in the contributions they make, both to the citizens of the community and in support of the region’s horse racing program. Residents and tourists have long visited RCR to enjoy the thrill of watching standardbred races, attend events, and more recently, to play OLG slots. RCR remains committed to supporting the Province’s equestrian industry and live horse racing in Canada.

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 $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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TICKET WORTH $1,000,000 UNCLAIMED IN WINDSOR

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO 6/49 prize worth $1,000,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Windsor. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning selection for the Wednesday, May 25, 2016 LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed Prize Draw was 4 – 3 – 3 – 3 – 8 – 9 – 9 – 6 – 01. Players must exactly match the Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection to win the $1 million 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 Thursday, May 25, 2017.

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 page on 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 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.
  • 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.

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TICKET WORTH $100,000 UNCLAIMED IN MARKHAM

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – ONTARIO 49 prize worth $100,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Markham. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Wednesday, May 25, 2016 ENCORE – ONTARIO 49 draw were 0 – 8 – 3 – 2 – 0 – 1 – 7. 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 Thursday, May 25, 2017.

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 page on 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 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.
  • 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.

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OLG SIGNS 20-YEAR CASINO OPERATING AND SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH GATEWAY CASINOS & ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED FOR SOUTHWEST GAMING BUNDLE ASSETS

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has signed a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA) with Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway). Under the agreement, Gateway takes over day-to-day operations and the assets of the Southwest Gaming Bundle, effective today.

The Southwest Gaming Bundle includes:

  • OLG Slots at Western Fair District
  • OLG Slots at Clinton Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Dresden Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Hanover Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Woodstock Raceway
  • OLG Casino Point Edward

On December 13, 2016, OLG announced it had selected Gateway as the service provider for the Southwest Gaming Bundle. Since then, OLG and Gateway have been working towards concluding a Transition and Asset Purchase Agreement and entering into the COSA.

OLG has worked with Gateway to help ensure that transferring employees have a smooth and seamless transition. This includes the requirement for Gateway to retain transferring employees for a period of no less than 12 months in their current position and geographic location, and to provide eligible employees with benefits and a registered pension plan.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) is the largest and most diversified gaming company in Canada. Operating in British Columbia, Edmonton and Southwestern Ontario, Gateway has over 5,200 employees and operates 23 gaming properties with 248 tables, over 8,400 slots, 54 restaurants and bars and 272 hotel rooms. As the selected service provider in Northern Ontario, Gateway will add three properties and two new planned builds to the portfolio when fully implemented.  Gateway is undertaking an ambitious growth strategy to dramatically improve the customer experience and attract new customers. This includes the development of proprietary food and beverage brands like Match Eatery & Public House and Atlas Steak + Fish. This year Gateway is celebrating 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Further information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.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 $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 CASINO BRANTFORD “DEALS” WASTE AWAY FROM AREA LANDFILLS

BRANTFORD, ON – Employees at OLG Casino Brantford have hit the jackpot when it comes to keeping garbage out of area landfills.

A recently completed waste audit conducted by Spinnaker Recycling Corp. for OLG Casino Brantford’s facilities department reveals the casino has exceeded the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change goal by diverting 82 per cent of the waste generated at the gaming site from landfills. More than 123,000 kilograms of waste including plastic, paper and corrugated cardboard was diverted. As a comparison, a waste audit completed in 2015, found only 19 per cent of the waste generated at the casino was reused or recycled.

“I am so proud of the entire team at the casino,” said Eddy Day, General Manager of OLG Casino Brantford. “To keep 82 per cent of the waste generated by our 24/7 operation out of the area landfills is not an easy feat but it was done due to the dedication of all employees. We will continue working on reducing our waste footprint even further.”

The results are due to a number of programs supported by OLG’s ‘Bet On Green’ initiatives:

  • The recycling program allows the site to divert plastic, paper and corrugated cardboard
  • Participation in Terracycle brigades enabled the site to divert cigarette waste, nitrile, latex gloves and writing instruments
  • An annual electronic waste drive helps divert  e-waste products including television sets, computers and old appliances
  • Proper disposal of light bulbs
  • The ‘Return” program allows OLG Casino Brantford to recycle beverage bottles and wood skids
  • The site recycles 100 per cent of the generated kitchen grease
  • The ‘Organic Waste Diversion’ program segregates organic waste at source, including food waste and paper towels, and the waste is used as compost feed stock
  • Participation in the ‘Waste to Energy’ program enables the site to use sanitary waste to generate energy
  • The site installed energy efficient hand dryers in washrooms in 2016 which has already reduced the amount of paper towels used and waste generated by more than 5,300 kilograms

In February 2016, OLG Casino Brantford received Silver Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the Canada Green Building Council.

About OLG’s Bet on Green Program

OLG promotes environmental awareness to employees through the ‘Bet On Green’ program, designed to lessen the environmental impact of OLG’s operations, increase green awareness among customers and employees, and become a global leader in energy-efficient gaming.

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 $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 MAKES FOURTH-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST COMMUNITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued fourth-quarter (January to March, 2017) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling $23,338,464 to 24 communities which currently host OLG facilities. To date, host communities have received more than $1.33 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.

“Revenue from OLG gaming sites provide host communities more funding to support important local infrastructure and community programs,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Finance. “These funds also help support other public services for people across the province like health care and education.”

These payments are made under an equitable formula that determines the funds communities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility and are based on an escalating 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 2016-2017, the province allocated $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 2016-2017 was $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 $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 ISSUES RFP FOR NIAGARA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has issued Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to pre-qualified proponents selected to bid on the Niagara Gaming Bundle.

The RFP for the Niagara Gaming Bundle will enable OLG to select one service provider to run day-to-day gaming operations at Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort. The successful service provider will also be responsible for operating the future Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre.

To OLG, the integrity of the procurement process is of the utmost importance. Public procurements involve information of a commercially sensitive nature. As a result, details of the RFP documents and names of pre-qualified proponents will not be released by OLG while the process is ongoing.

Additionally, there will be no further communication by OLG about the RFP for this bundle until the selected service provider is announced. OLG expects to announce the successful service provider in summer 2018.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

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 $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 ISSUES RFP FOR CENTRAL GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has issued Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to pre-qualified proponents selected to bid on the Central Gaming Bundle.

The RFP for the Central Gaming Bundle will enable OLG to select one service provider to run day-to-day gaming operations at OLG Slots at Georgian Downs and Casino Rama. The selected service provider will also have the opportunity to build a new gaming site in Wasaga Beach or Collingwood, subject to required approvals.

To OLG, the integrity of the procurement process is of the utmost importance. Public procurements involve information of a commercially sensitive nature. As a result, details of the RFP documents and names of pre-qualified proponents will not be released by OLG while the process is ongoing.

Additionally, there will be no further communication by OLG about the RFP for this bundle until the selected service provider is announced. OLG expects to announce the successful service provider in spring 2018.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

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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TICKET WORTH $159,177 UNCLAIMED IN BRAMPTON

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO MAX prize worth $159,177.80 for a ticket sold one year ago in Brampton. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Friday, March 18, 2016 LOTTO MAX draw were 6 – 8 – 15 – 24 – 26 – 39 – 44 with Bonus number 40. Players must match six of the seven main numbers, plus the Bonus number to win the $159,177.80 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 Monday, March 20, 2017.

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 page on 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 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.
  • 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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TICKET WORTH $103,577 UNCLAIMED IN HAMILTON AREA

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO 6/49 prize worth $103,577.50 for a ticket sold one year ago in the Hamilton area. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Wednesday, March 16, 2016 LOTTO 6/49 draw were 1 – 3 – 7 – 16 – 17 – 37 with Bonus number 35. Players must match five of the six main numbers, plus the bonus number to win the $103,577.50 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 Thursday, March 16, 2017.

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 page on 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 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.
  • 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.

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CELEBRATING $4 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 $4 million has been raised and has benefited the 65 charities which are part of the Delta St. Clair Bingo Sponsors’ 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.

Delta Bingo and Gaming hosted the official celebration for the $4 million milestone, as this location converted to a Charitable Gaming Centre in 2014. Today’s event was attended by Cristina Martins, MPP Davenport, Cesar Palacio, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 17, Frances Nunziata, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 11, Cam Johnstone, CEO, Delta Bingo and Gaming, Rick Gray, Vice President, 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 two years,” said Cristina Martins, MPP Davenport. “It is quite an achievement to raise $4 million to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations within our community. I want to commend the staff at Delta Bingo and Gaming, OLG, and most importantly, the many charities and their volunteers who have helped reach this milestone and continue to make Toronto a great community.”

“Cultural organizations, service clubs, support services and sports associations in the community receive important financial support thanks to the Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization program,” said Cesar Palacio, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 17. “These groups are essential to the quality of life that our residents enjoy.”

“Our community always looks for ways to contribute to the greater good,” said Frances Nunziata, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 11. “Without the funds raised and the volunteers at Delta Bingo and Gaming, the ongoing contribution to the community would not be possible.”

“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 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 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 $140 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 LAUNCHES REQUEST FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR LOTTERY TERMINALS

TORONTO, ON – Today, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) released a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) to pre-qualify potential service providers to replace and update the existing Lottery terminals and electronic network in retail stores.

“Replacing and updating the Lottery terminals in retail stores will improve the ways we connect with adult customers, within our PlaySmart program,” said Greg McKenzie, OLG’s Chief Operating Officer. “This will help modernize the Lottery business and will ensure our technology is responsive to changing customer expectations.”

New Lottery terminals will enhance functionality for retailers and reduce maintenance costs. In addition to replacing and updating the terminals, the selected service provider will also be responsible for integrating and maintaining the new terminals and managing the corresponding telecommunications network.

OLG will also add retailers to its network, allowing it to reach more customers across the province in a responsible way. It expects to release the Lottery terminal RFP in spring 2017.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue.

Summary of Request for Pre-Qualification for Lottery Terminals (PDF)

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TICKET WORTH $100,000 UNCLAIMED IN SCARBOROUGH

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTARIO prize worth $100,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Scarborough. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Saturday, February 13, 2016 ENCORE – LOTTARIO draw were 0 – 9 – 1 – 0 – 5 – 6 – 1. 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 Monday, February 13, 2017.

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 page on 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 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.
  • 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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CELEBRATING $3 MILLION RAISED FOR NEWMARKET CHARITIES THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an important milestone in Newmarket. More than $3 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), local charities and gaming and bingo centre operators.

Bingo World Newmarket hosted the official celebration for the $3 million milestone, as this location converted to a Charitable Gaming Centre in 2013. Today’s event was attended by Chris Ballard, MPP Newmarket-Aurora, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, John Taylor, Deputy Mayor of Newmarket and Regional Councillor, Diane Gartshore, Director of Charitable Gaming at OLG, and Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

“I am impressed with the work that has been done locally through the revitalization of Charitable Gaming,” said Chris Ballard, MPP Newmarket – Aurora. “It is quite an achievement to raise $3 million to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations within our community. I want to commend the staff at Bingo World Newmarket, OLG, and most importantly, the many charities and their volunteers who have helped reach this milestone and continue to make the Town of Newmarket a great community.”

“To date, Newmarket charities and not-for-profit organizations have received $3 million  from the Charitable Gaming initiative with Ontario Lottery and Gaming, supporting mental health services, services to children and families, health research, and many more charitable and non-profit organizations,” said Tony Van Bynen, the Mayor of Newmarket. “Newmarket continues to look for ways to help the community and contribute to the social responsibility for the greater good. Without the funds raised and the Newmarket volunteers, the ongoing contribution to the community would not be possible. Thank you to the Province for recognizing our efforts as well as those that have contributed to the 35 charities and not-for-profit organizations in one way or another.”

“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 Newmarket,” said Diane Gartshore, OLG’s Director of Charitable Gaming.

“Today is celebrating the wonderful success of Charitable Gaming in Newmarket.” 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 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 $140 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 MAKES THIRD-QUARTER PAYMENT TO GAMING SITE HOST COMMUNITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued a third-quarter (October to December, 2016) non-tax gaming revenue payment of $26,732,737 to 23 communities which currently host OLG facilities. To date, host communities have received more than $1.31 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.

“OLG provides host communities with significant revenue each year that helps them invest in local priorities such as infrastructure, programs and services that benefit Ontario families,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Finance. “Along with supporting local development, these funds also benefit Ontario’s vital public services such as health care and education.”

These payments are made under an equitable formula in the Municipality Contribution Agreement that determines the funds municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility and are based on an escalating 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 2016-2017, the province has allocated $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 2016-2017 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 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 LAUNCHES REQUEST FOR INFORMATION FOR PLAYER PLATFORM

TORONTO, ON – Today, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has released a Request for Information (RFI) to seek information and advice from the market on a new player platform. The RFI is an early step in OLG’s plan to develop and implement a revised modernization approach to Lottery that ensures its technology and product solution are responsive to changing customer needs.

OLG is exploring how upgrades to its current technology infrastructure can improve the ways it connects with customers online and at retail. A new player platform would add to OLG’s existing digital presence by enhancing capability in areas like player registration, responsible gambling controls and player accounts.

Through modernization, OLG is seeking a way to unlock opportunities to create greater value for Ontario within a framework of social responsibility. At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue.

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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RFPQ FOR NIAGARA GAMING BUNDLE CLOSES

TORONTO, ON – Today, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) marks the close of the Niagara Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ).

OLG will now undertake its due diligence in evaluating the RFPQ submissions. From the submissions, OLG will select the proponents eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for the Gaming Bundle.

To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance. Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

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 SELECTS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR NORTH AND SOUTHWEST GAMING BUNDLES

TORONTO, ON – Following a competitive procurement process, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) as the service provider for the North and Southwest Gaming Bundles.

“Today’s announcement of a service provider for the North and Southwest Gaming Bundles is a significant step forward in OLG’s modernization,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “The investments Gateway will make in the bundles will help ensure the best possible gaming experience for customers while OLG continues to deliver on its commitment to the people and Province of Ontario.”

“We are very excited and pleased to partner with OLG in the modernization of Ontario’s gaming industry,” said Tony Santo, Gateway’s Chief Executive Officer. “In northern and southwestern Ontario, Gateway will work with host communities to bring our unique brands and experiences to customers. On behalf of the 4,000 Gateway employees, we look forward to welcoming OLG colleagues to our team.”

“In 2017, Gateway will celebrate 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment,” said Gabriel de Alba, Gateway’s Executive Chairman. “Expanding into Ontario is truly an exciting and significant way to mark this important milestone in our company’s history.”

OLG has entered into a Transition and Asset Purchase Agreement with Gateway for each of the North and Southwest Gaming Bundles, which set out the customary closing conditions to be satisfied for OLG and Gateway to enter into a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA) for each of the bundles. Under the COSAs, Gateway will take over day-to-day operations of:

Southwest

  • OLG Slots at Western Fair District
  • OLG Slots at Clinton Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Dresden Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Hanover Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Woodstock Raceway
  • OLG Casino Point Edward

North

  • OLG Casino Thunder Bay
  • OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie
  • OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs

OLG expects that the service provider will take over day-to-day operations in spring 2017.

In addition, as the service provider for the North Gaming Bundle, Gateway will have the opportunity to build two new gaming and entertainment facilities, one in the N4 Gaming Zone (Kenora area) and one in the N5 Gaming Zone (North Bay). The proposed new facilities will be subject to required approvals, including the provincial government.

OLG employees will transfer to the new service provider and OLG will work with Gateway to ensure they have as smooth and seamless a transition as possible. This includes a requirement for the service provider to retain employees for a period of no less than 12 months in their current position and geographic location, and to provide eligible employees with benefits and a registered pension plan.

While Gateway will be responsible for the day-to-day gaming operations in the bundles, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage gaming in the bundles
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through the service provider, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Contribution Agreement payments to host communities

Gateway is required to follow all applicable laws and regulations, as well as AGCO standards and rigorous Responsible Gambling standards.

To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance. Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming companies in Canada. Operating in Western Canada, Gateway has over 4,000 employees and operates 18 gaming properties with 222 tables and over 6,700 slot machines. With business partners, Gateway operates 43 restaurants and 1,000 hotel rooms. Gateway is undertaking an exciting redevelopment strategy to dramatically improve the customer experience and attract new gaming customers. This includes the development of proprietary food and beverage offerings like Match Eatery & Public House and Atlas Steak + Fish. In 2017, Gateway will celebrate 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Further information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.

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BACKGROUNDER SERVICE PROVIDER FOR NORTH AND SOUTHWEST GAMING BUNDLES

OLG is continuing its procurement process to modernize lottery and gaming in Ontario by selecting Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) as the service provider for the North and Southwest Gaming Bundles.

OLG has entered into Transition and Asset Purchase Agreements with Gateway, which set out the customary closing conditions to be satisfied for OLG and Gateway to enter into 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreements (COSAs) for the North and Southwest Gaming Bundles.

Under the COSAs, Gateway will take over day-to-day operations of the gaming sites in the bundles.

GAMING BUNDLE GAMING ZONE CURRENT OLG GAMING SITE HOST COMMUNITY
North N1 OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs Sudbury
N2 OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie Sault Ste. Marie
N3 OLG Casino Thunder Bay Thunder Bay
N4 Proposed new facility Kenora area
N5 Proposed new facility North Bay
Southwest SW3 OLG Slots at Woodstock Raceway Woodstock
SW4 OLG Slots at Western Fair London
SW5 OLG Slots at Clinton Raceway Central Huron
SW6 OLG Slots at Dresden Raceway Chatham-Kent
SW7 OLG Slots at Hanover Raceway Hanover
SW8 OLG Casino Point Edward Point Edward

For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit: http://about.olg.ca/modernization-project-status-rfp/

 

WHAT IS THE CASINO OPERATING AND SERVICES AGREEMENT?

Currently, OLG and Gateway are operating under a temporary transitional agreement that allows the two parties to work together to share knowledge and help position Gateway for success. This transition period is expected to end in spring 2017.

Once the transition is complete, OLG and Gateway will sign the COSAs. These contracts allow Gateway to assume responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the sites.

Gateway is the service provider for both bundles, subject to customary closing conditions and pending the execution of the COSAs.

 

OLG’S MODERNIZATION

In July 2010, OLG was asked by the Ontario government to complete a comprehensive, strategic review of the lottery distribution network and land-based gaming sites. The review resulted in a report to government called Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced its modernization plan.

OLG is engaging the private sector to help build a new model for lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG’s modernization will expand private sector participation in the industry, which will ensure greater efficiencies because:

  • Service providers will be able to focus on delivering certain day-to-day operations, while OLG maintains control and accountability
  • Capital costs of expanding, improving and maintaining gaming facilities will be taken on by the private sector, not the government

Through modernization, OLG will:

  • Become more customer focused
  • Expand the regulated role of the private sector in the day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming
  • Renew its role in the conduct and management of lottery and gaming

Under section 207 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, only OLG (as an agent of the Province) is permitted to conduct and manage gaming in Ontario. That is why OLG will continue its conduct and manage role and will remain the operating mind behind the delivery of gaming and lottery in Ontario.

As service providers take over certain day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage lottery and gaming
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through service providers, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Contribution Agreement payments to host communities.

Once modernization is fully implemented, it will provide additional revenue to the Province to support vital services Ontarians rely on. At the same time, Ontario will continue to be a North American leader in responsible gambling, supporting the research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

 

OLG’s Gaming Procurement Process

Modernization is a significant transformation of a government agency. The plan is ambitious and complex.

OLG’s modernization procurement process will lead to long-term contracts with service providers. OLG needs to ensure proper due diligence in order to select service providers from among the best and most qualified proponents.

Since its initial launch, modernization has evolved in response to further consultation with industry experts through the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) processes, collaboration with municipalities across Ontario and public policy adjustments.

OLG has made significant progress by:

  • Completing an RFI process for lottery and land-based gaming
  • Issuing RFPQs for lottery and land-based Gaming Bundles
  • Successfully procuring a service provider for iGaming and launching the PlayOLG online gaming platform
  • Launching the revitalization of charitable gaming
  • Working with the horse racing industry and government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario
  • Completing the RFP process for the East, North and Southwest Gaming Bundles and launching the RFP process for the GTA, West GTA and Ottawa Gaming Bundles
  • Issuing the RFPQ for the Niagara Gaming Bundle and the RFP for the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre

On September 9, 2015, OLG announced it had selected Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle. Ontario Gaming East LP took over certain day-to-day operations of OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs on January 11, 2016.

 

What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

RFPQs help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Through a public tendering system (MERXTM), interested proponents are asked to submit information on their operational experience, financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, the proponents must provide information on business and other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First Nations communities.

Interested proponents must also register with the AGCO or have submitted an application for registration.

The RFPQ process results in OLG identifying pre-qualified proponents eligible to receive the RFP documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

 

What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

In the RFP stage, pre-qualified proponents are invited to bid on a specific opportunity through a competitive and transparent procurement process. RFPs are confidential and only distributed to the proponents that are pre-qualified during the RFPQ stage.

The RFP process will result in OLG selecting a service provider for each Gaming Bundle, subject to customary closing conditions and pending the execution of the COSA.

 

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, subject to required approvals, including the provincial government.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where a single gaming facility may be located. The location and design of these Gaming Zones is intended to ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of Gaming Zones across the province were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone relative to other Gaming Zones and gaming facilities
  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone to current and potential customers
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to assume certain day-to-day operations for an existing facility and possibly expand the site, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility is permitted within each Gaming Zone.

 

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG grouped some Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, potential proponents have been asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region.

 

What are the next steps for the remaining Gaming Bundles?

OLG expects to release procurement documents for the remaining Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

Interested proponents who pre-qualify through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider for the applicable Gaming Bundle will be selected from this group.

 

Communities and OLG’s Modernization

Municipal and community choice is an important element of OLG’s modernization. OLG will only locate gaming facilities where there is support to do so from the municipal council or the First Nation band council. OLG has always been clear that it will respect the decision of a municipality or First Nation band council regarding hosting a new gaming site, or relocating or expanding an existing one.

When it comes to gaming facilities, OLG’s approach to potential and current host municipalities and host reserves across Ontario has been consistent.

The municipal council or First Nations band council must pass a resolution confirming their interest in hosting a gaming facility.

Where a municipal council or First Nations band council has included conditions as part of its resolution for gaming in its community, such as restrictions on the movement or expansion of a gaming site, OLG will ensure service providers are aware of such conditions during the RFP phase of the procurement process.

The municipal council or the First Nations band council then works with the selected service provider to determine the location of a new gaming site, if one is proposed and permitted.

As has always been the case, adding table games at a gaming site that currently has none, relocating a current gaming site or building a new gaming site can only occur where there is municipal or band council consent and a viable business case put forth by a service provider, which is subsequently approved by OLG.

Any new gaming site, introduction of table games at a gaming site that currently has none, or the proposed relocation of an existing gaming site, is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

 

Horse Racing

OLG is working with the horse racing industry and the Ontario government to build the foundation for a more sustainable industry in Ontario by:

  • Creating a business model that is focused on stability
  • Providing advice to the government on long-term funding
  • Partnering with the industry to optimize branding and build public awareness about horse racing
  • Developing new horse-themed lottery and gaming products

OLG is also providing provincial support by sharing its expertise and helping to direct the industry to adopt a Responsible Gambling program.

The Government of Ontario has extended support to the horse racing industry, formerly known as the Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program, by two years. The extension will provide up to $100 million annually to the industry.

Ontario Racing is currently holding consultations with the industry, which will result in recommendations to the government on a long-term funding arrangement.

Ensuring a strong future for horse racing is a priority for OLG and a key part of modernization.

 

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct and management of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect service providers to deliver many of the services related to the day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming.

 

World’s Best Responsible Gambling Program

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which was ranked number one in the world by the World Lottery Association in 2014.

OLG will also require service providers to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

 

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that its procurement process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of its procurement process.

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$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.

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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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OLG ISSUES RFP FOR OTTAWA AREA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has issued Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to pre-qualified proponents selected to bid on the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle.

Today’s announcement is the latest step in OLG’s ongoing modernization and builds on two recent procurement announcements: the release of the RFPQ for the Niagara Gaming Bundle (October 13) and the release of the RFP for the West GTA Gaming Bundle (October 20).

The RFP for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle will enable OLG to select one service provider to run certain day-to-day gaming operations at OLG Slots at Rideau Carleton Raceway, the only gaming site in the bundle.

To OLG, the integrity of the procurement process is of the utmost importance. Public procurements involve information of a commercially sensitive nature. As a result, details of the RFP documents and names of pre-qualified proponents will not be released by OLG while the process is ongoing.

Additionally, there will be no further communication by OLG about the RFP for this bundle until the selected service provider is announced. OLG expects to announce the successful service provider in spring 2017.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

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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Gaming Zone Current OLG Gaming Site Host Community
E4 OLG Slots at Rideau Carleton Raceway Ottawa

For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit: http://about.olg.ca/modernization-project-status-rfp/

OLG’s Modernization

In July 2010, OLG was asked by the Ontario government to complete a comprehensive, strategic review of the lottery distribution network and land-based gaming sites. The review resulted in a report to government called Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced its modernization plan.

OLG is engaging the private sector to help build a new model for lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG’s modernization will expand private sector participation in the industry, which will ensure greater efficiencies because:

  • Service providers will be able to focus on delivering certain day-to-day operations, while OLG maintains control and accountability
  • Capital costs of expanding, improving and maintaining gaming facilities will be taken on by the private sector, not the government

Through modernization, OLG will:

  • Become more customer focused
  • Expand the regulated role of the private sector in the day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming
  • Renew its role in the conduct and management of lottery and gaming

Under section 207 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, only OLG (as an agent of the Province) is permitted to conduct and manage gaming in Ontario. That is why OLG will continue its conduct and manage role and will remain the operating mind behind the delivery of gaming and lottery in Ontario.

As service providers take over certain day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage lottery and gaming
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through service providers, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities

Once modernization is fully implemented, it will provide additional revenue to the Province to support vital services Ontarians rely on. At the same time, Ontario will continue to be a North American leader in responsible gambling, supporting the research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

OLG’s Gaming Procurement Process

Modernization is a significant transformation of a government agency. The plan is ambitious and complex.

OLG’s modernization procurement process will lead to long-term contracts with service providers. OLG needs to ensure proper due diligence in order to select service providers from among the best and most qualified proponents.

Since its initial launch, modernization has evolved in response to further consultation with industry experts through the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) processes, collaboration with municipalities across Ontario and public policy adjustments.

OLG has made significant progress by:

  • Completing an RFI process for lottery and land-based gaming
  • Issuing RFPQs for lottery and land-based Gaming Bundles
  • Successfully procuring a service provider for iGaming and launching the PlayOLG online gaming platform
  • Launching the revitalization of charitable gaming
  • Working with the horse racing industry and government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario
  • Completing the RFP process for the East Gaming Bundle and launching the RFP process for the North, Southwest, GTA and West GTA Gaming Bundles
  • Issuing the RFPQ for the Niagara Gaming Bundle and the RFP for the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre

On September 9, 2015, OLG announced it had selected Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle. Ontario Gaming East LP took over certain day-to-day operations of OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs on January 11, 2016.

What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

RFPQs help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Through a public tendering system (MERXTM), interested proponents are asked to submit information on their operational experience, financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, the proponents must provide information on business and other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First

Nations communities.

Interested proponents must also register with the AGCO or have submitted an application for registration.

The RFPQ process results in OLG identifying pre-qualified proponents eligible to receive the RFP documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

In the RFP stage, pre-qualified proponents are invited to bid on a specific opportunity through a competitive and transparent procurement process. RFPs are confidential and only distributed to the proponents that are pre-qualified during the RFPQ stage.

The RFP process will result in OLG selecting a service provider for each Gaming Bundle, subject to customary closing conditions and pending the execution of the Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA).

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, subject to municipal and provincial government approvals.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where a single gaming facility may be located. The location and design of these Gaming Zones is intended to ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of Gaming Zones across the province were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone relative to other Gaming Zones and gaming facilities
  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone to current and potential customers
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to assume certain day-to-day operations for an existing facility and possibly expand the site, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility is permitted within each Gaming Zone.

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG grouped some Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, potential proponents have been asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region.

What are the next steps for the remaining Gaming Bundles?

OLG expects to release procurement documents for the remaining Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

Interested proponents who pre-qualify through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider for the applicable Gaming Bundle will be selected from this group.

Communities and OLG’s Modernization

Municipal and community choice is an important element of OLG’s modernization. OLG will only locate gaming facilities where there is support to do so from the municipal council or the First Nation band council. OLG has always been clear that it will respect the decision of a municipality or First Nation band council regarding hosting a new gaming site, or relocating or expanding an existing

one.

When it comes to gaming facilities, OLG’s approach to potential and current host municipalities and host reserves across Ontario has been consistent.

The municipal council or First Nations band council must pass a resolution confirming their interest in hosting a gaming facility.

Where a municipal council or First Nations band council has included conditions as part of its resolution for gaming in its community, such as restrictions on the movement or expansion of a gaming site, OLG will ensure service providers are aware of such conditions during the RFP phase of the procurement process.

The municipal council or the First Nations band council then works with the selected service provider to determine the location of a new gaming site, if one is proposed and permitted.

As has always been the case, adding table games at a gaming site that currently has none, relocating a current gaming site or building a new gaming site can only occur where there is municipal or band council consent and a viable business case put forth by a service provider, which is subsequently approved by OLG.

Any new gaming site, introduction of table games at a gaming site that currently has none, or the proposed relocation of an existing gaming site, is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

Horse Racing Integration

OLG is working with the horse racing industry and the Ontario government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Horse racing integration is part of modernization and is included in OLG’s mandate from the Ontario government.

OLG is working with the horse racing industry to:

  • Create a business model for integration that is focused on stability
  • Provide advice to the government on long-term funding
  • Partner with the industry to optimize branding and build public awareness about horse racing
  • Develop new horse-themed lottery and gaming products

OLG is also providing provincial support by sharing its expertise and helping to direct the industry to adopt a Responsible Gambling program.

Ensuring a strong future for horse racing is a priority for OLG and a key part of modernization. Representatives from the horse racing industry, the Government of Ontario and Crown agencies are working together in support of a more sustainable industry.

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct and management of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect service providers to deliver many of the services related to the day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming.

World’s Best Responsible Gambling Program

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which was ranked number one in the world by the World Lottery Association in 2014.

OLG will also require service providers to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that its procurement process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of its procurement process.

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PENETANGUISHENE CHARITIES CELEBRATE $2.5 MILLION RAISED THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an important milestone in Penetanguishene. More than $2.5 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 Penetang hosted the official celebration for the $2.5 million milestone, as this location converted to an eBingo facility in 2012. Today’s event was attended by Gerry Marshall, Mayor of Penetanguishene; Diane Gartshore, OLG’s Director of Charitable Gaming and Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

“The Town of Penetanguishene is very proud of our community partnership with Delta Boardwalk Gaming and their 56 local charities and not-for-profits. Together, they have raised $2.5 million since October 2012 and are vital at supporting a variety of programs and services that may not exist in our community without these resources,” said Mayor Gerry Marshall.   “A key element to community partnerships like these is the dedication and commitment of extremely generous volunteers. All of these funds remain in our community and benefit the people of Penetanguishene in a way that is truly impactful.”

“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 Town of Penetanguishene,” said Diane Gartshore, OLG’s Director of Charitable Gaming.

“Today is celebrating the wonderful success of Charitable Gaming in Penetanguishene.” 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 choice 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 $134 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 MAKES SECOND-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST MUNICIPALITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued second-quarter (July to September, 2016) non-tax gaming revenue payments totaling $31,104,495 to 22 municipalities which currently host OLG facilities. To date, host municipalities have received more than $1.2 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.

“Revenues from OLG gaming sites help municipalities invest in infrastructure projects and support important community initiatives,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Finance. “These funds also support vital public services such as health care and education for the benefit of the people of Ontario.”

These payments are made under an equitable formula in the Municipality Contribution Agreement that determines the funds municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility and are based on an escalating 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 2016-2017, the province has allocated $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 2016-2017 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 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 ISSUES RFP FOR WEST GTA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is continuing its procurement process for land-based gaming by issuing Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to pre-qualified proponents selected to bid on the West GTA Gaming Bundle.

The RFP will enable OLG to select one service provider to run certain day-to-day gaming operations in the Gaming Bundle.

The West GTA Gaming Bundle has four Gaming Zones, each currently served by an OLG gaming site: OLG Casino Brantford, OLG Slots at Flamboro Downs, OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack and OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway.

To OLG, the integrity of the procurement process is of the utmost importance. Public procurements involve information of a commercially sensitive nature. As a result, details of the RFP documents and names of pre-qualified proponents will not be released by OLG while the process is ongoing.

Additionally, there will be no further communication by OLG about the RFP for this bundle until the selected service provider is announced. OLG expects to announce the successful service provider in fall 2017.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

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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Backgrounder RFP for West GTA Gaming Bundle

Gaming Zone Current OLG Gaming Site Host Community
SW1 OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway Centre-Wellington
SW2 OLG Casino Brantford Brantford
SW9 OLG Slots at Flamboro Downs Hamilton
C4 OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack Milton

For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit: http://about.olg.ca/modernization-project-status-rfp/

OLG’s Modernization

In July 2010, OLG was asked by the Ontario government to complete a comprehensive, strategic review of the lottery distribution network and land-based gaming sites. The review resulted in a report to government called Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced its modernization plan.

OLG is engaging the private sector to help build a new model for lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG’s modernization will expand private sector participation in the industry, which will ensure greater efficiencies because:

  • Service providers will be able to focus on delivering certain day-to-day operations, while OLG maintains control and accountability
  • Capital costs of expanding, improving and maintaining gaming facilities will be taken on by the private sector, not the government

Through modernization, OLG will:

  • Become more customer focused
  • Expand the regulated role of the private sector in the day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming
  • Renew its role in the conduct and management of lottery and gaming

Under section 207 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, only OLG (as an agent of the Province) is permitted to conduct and manage gaming in Ontario. That is why OLG will continue its conduct and manage role and will remain the operating mind behind the delivery of gaming and lottery in Ontario.

As service providers take over certain day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage lottery and gaming
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through service providers, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities

Once modernization is fully implemented, it will provide additional revenue to the Province to support vital services Ontarians rely on. At the same time, Ontario will continue to be a North American leader in responsible gambling, supporting the research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

OLG’s Gaming Procurement Process

Modernization is a significant transformation of a government agency. The plan is ambitious and complex.

OLG’s modernization procurement process will lead to long-term contracts with service providers. OLG needs to ensure proper due diligence in order to select service providers from among the best and most qualified proponents.

Since its initial launch, modernization has evolved in response to further consultation with industry experts through the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) processes, collaboration with municipalities across Ontario and public policy adjustments.

OLG has made significant progress by:

  • Completing an RFI process for lottery and land-based gaming
  • Issuing RFPQs for lottery and land-based Gaming Bundles
  • Successfully procuring a service provider for iGaming and launching the PlayOLG online gaming platform
  • Launching the revitalization of charitable gaming
  • Working with the horse racing industry and government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario
  • Completing the RFP process for the East Gaming Bundle and launching the RFP process for the North, Southwest, GTA and West GTA Gaming Bundles
  • Issuing the RFPQ for the Niagara Gaming Bundle and the RFP for the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre

On September 9, 2015, OLG announced it had selected Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle. Ontario Gaming East LP took over certain day-to-day operations of OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs on January 11, 2016.

What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

RFPQs help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Through a public tendering system (MERX™), interested proponents are asked to submit information on their operational experience, financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, the proponents must provide information on business and other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First Nations communities.

Interested proponents must also register with the AGCO or have submitted an application for registration.

The RFPQ process results in OLG identifying pre-qualified proponents eligible to receive the RFP documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

In the RFP stage, pre-qualified proponents are invited to bid on a specific opportunity through a competitive and transparent procurement process. RFPs are confidential and only distributed to the proponents that are pre-qualified during the RFPQ stage.

The RFP process will result in OLG selecting a service provider for each Gaming Bundle, subject to customary closing conditions and pending the execution of the Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA).

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, subject to municipal and provincial government approvals.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where a single gaming facility may be located. The location and design of these Gaming Zones is intended to ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of Gaming Zones across the province were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone relative to other Gaming Zones and gaming facilities
  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone to current and potential customers
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to assume certain day-to-day operations for an existing facility and possibly expand the site, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility is permitted within each Gaming Zone.

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG grouped some Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, potential proponents have been asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region.

What are the next steps for the remaining Gaming Bundles?

OLG expects to release procurement documents for the remaining Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

Interested proponents who pre-qualify through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider for the applicable Gaming Bundle will be selected from this group.

Communities and OLG’s Modernization

Municipal and community choice is an important element of OLG’s modernization. OLG will only locate gaming facilities where there is support to do so from the municipal council or the First Nation band council. OLG has always been clear that it will respect the decision of a municipality or First Nation band council regarding hosting a new gaming site, or relocating or expanding an existing one.

When it comes to gaming facilities, OLG’s approach to potential and current host municipalities and host reserves across Ontario has been consistent.

The municipal council or First Nations band council must pass a resolution confirming their interest in hosting a gaming facility.

Where a municipal council or First Nations band council has included conditions as part of its resolution for gaming in its community, such as restrictions on the movement or expansion of a gaming site, OLG will ensure service providers are aware of such conditions during the RFP phase of the procurement process.

The municipal council or the First Nations band council then works with the selected service provider to determine the location of a new gaming site, if one is proposed and permitted.

As has always been the case, adding table games at a gaming site that currently has none, relocating a current gaming site or building a new gaming site can only occur where there is municipal or band council consent and a viable business case put forth by a service provider, which is subsequently approved by OLG.

Any new gaming site, introduction of table games at a gaming site that currently has none, or the proposed relocation of an existing gaming site, is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

Horse Racing Integration

OLG is working with the horse racing industry and the Ontario government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Horse racing integration is part of modernization and is included in OLG’s mandate from the Ontario government.

OLG is working with the horse racing industry to:

  • Create a business model for integration that is focused on stability
  • Provide advice to the government on long-term funding
  • Partner with the industry to optimize branding and build public awareness about horse racing
  • Develop new horse-themed lottery and gaming products

OLG is also providing provincial support by sharing its expertise and helping to direct the industry to adopt a Responsible Gambling program.

Ensuring a strong future for horse racing is a priority for OLG and a key part of modernization. Representatives from the horse racing industry, the Government of Ontario and Crown agencies are working together in support of a more sustainable industry.

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct and management of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect service providers to deliver many of the services related to the day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming.

World’s Best Responsible Gambling Program

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which was ranked number one in the world by the World Lottery Association in 2014.

OLG will also require service providers to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that its procurement process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of its procurement process.

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WIN $1,000 EVERY DAY FOR LIFE; DAILY GRAND IS CANADA’S NEW NATIONAL LOTTERY

TORONTO, ON – How grand would it be to win $1,000 every day for the rest of your life? That’s the top prize with DAILY GRAND, Canada’s newest national lottery. Ticket sales start Tuesday, October 18 for the first bi-weekly draw on Thursday, October 20 and then with draws following every Monday and Thursday night.

At $3 per play, DAILY GRAND players will select five main numbers from 1 to 49 and one Grand Number from 1 to 7.  The grand prize is $1,000 a day for the life of the winner who matches all five main numbers plus the Grand Number drawn, and the second prize is $25,000 a year for the life of the winner who matches only the five main numbers. Players have additional chances to win including cash prizes ranging from $4 to $1,000 as well as free plays.

DAILY GRAND offers an everyday winning experience,” said Wendy Montgomery OLG Vice President, Lottery Marketing & Sales. “With $1,000 a day from DAILY GRAND, winners can look forward to making the most of today and every day to come.”

The grand prize winner can opt for either an annuity-based prize equal to $1,000 day for life (minimum 20 years) or a single cash payment option of $7 million. If there is more than one winner per DAILY GRAND draw, the winners will equally share the single cash payment. The secondary prize winner can choose either an annuity-based prize equal to $25,000 a year for life (minimum 20 years) or receive a single cash payment of $500,000 and a single cash payment will be shared if there are multiple winners.

The odds of winning the grand prize are approximately 1 in 13.34 million and the overall odds of winning a prize are approximately 1 in 6.8. DAILY GRAND tickets are available at approximately 10,000 lottery retailers and can be purchased up to 10:30pm Eastern time on draw nights.

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 ISSUES RFPQ FOR NIAGARA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has issued a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the Niagara Gaming Bundle on the procurement website, MERXTM.

The Niagara Gaming Bundle includes two gaming zones: SW10 (served by Casino Niagara) and SW11 (served by Fallsview Casino Resort).

The Niagara Gaming Bundle RFPQ will enable OLG to pre-qualify the potential proponents that are eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents. RFPQ applicants are required to provide information on their financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects.

The Niagara Gaming Bundle RFPQ will close on December 15, 2016 and OLG expects to begin the RFP process in the coming months.

From the RFP submissions, OLG will select one service provider to run certain day-to-day operations of the two gaming sites in the bundle.

By leveraging the success of the Niagara Casinos and taking on the cost of capital improvements, the selected service provider for Niagara Gaming Bundle will help ensure the long-term competitiveness of the Niagara market—particularly in relation to gaming markets across the border.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

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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Backgrounder RFPQ for Niagara Gaming Bundle

Gaming Zone Current OLG Gaming Site Host Community
SW10 Casino Niagara Niagara Falls
SW11 Fallsview Casino Resort Niagara Falls

For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit: http://about.olg.ca/modernization-project-status-rfp/

OLG’s Modernization

In July 2010, OLG was asked by the Ontario government to complete a comprehensive, strategic review of the lottery distribution network and land-based gaming sites. The review resulted in a report to government called Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced its modernization plan.

OLG is engaging the private sector to help build a new model for lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG’s modernization will expand private sector participation in the industry, which will ensure greater efficiencies because:

  • Service providers will be able to focus on delivering certain day-to-day operations, while OLG maintains control and accountability
  • Capital costs of expanding, improving and maintaining gaming facilities will be taken on by the private sector, not the government

Through modernization, OLG will:

  • Become more customer focused
  • Expand the regulated role of the private sector in the day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming
  • Renew its role in the conduct and management of lottery and gaming

Under section 207 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, only OLG (as an agent of the Province) is permitted to conduct and manage gaming in Ontario. That is why OLG will continue its conduct and manage role and will remain the operating mind behind the delivery of gaming and lottery in Ontario.

As service providers take over certain day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage lottery and gaming
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through service providers, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities

Once modernization is fully implemented, it will provide additional revenue to the Province to support vital services Ontarians rely on. At the same time, Ontario will continue to be a North American leader in responsible gambling, supporting the research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

OLG’s Gaming Procurement Process

Modernization is a significant transformation of a government agency. The plan is ambitious and complex.

OLG’s modernization procurement process will lead to long-term contracts with service providers. OLG needs to ensure proper due diligence in order to select service providers from among the best and most qualified proponents.

Since its initial launch, modernization has evolved in response to further consultation with industry experts through the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) processes, collaboration with municipalities across Ontario and public policy adjustments.

OLG has made significant progress by:

  • Completing an RFI process for lottery and land-based gaming
  • Issuing RFPQs for lottery and land-based Gaming Bundles
  • Successfully procuring a service provider for iGaming and launching the PlayOLG online gaming platform
  • Launching the revitalization of charitable gaming
  • Working with the horse racing industry and government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario
  • Completing the RFP process for the East Gaming Bundle and launching the RFP process for the North, Southwest, GTA and West GTA Gaming Bundles
  • Issuing the RFPQ for the Niagara Gaming Bundle and the RFP for the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre

On September 9, 2015, OLG announced it had selected Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle. Ontario Gaming East LP took over certain day-to-day operations of OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs on January 11, 2016.

What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

RFPQs help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Through a public tendering system (MERX™), interested proponents are asked to submit information on their operational experience, financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, the proponents must provide information on business and other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First Nations communities.

Interested proponents must also register with the AGCO or have submitted an application for registration.

The RFPQ process results in OLG identifying pre-qualified proponents eligible to receive the RFP documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

In the RFP stage, pre-qualified proponents are invited to bid on a specific opportunity through a competitive and transparent procurement process. RFPs are confidential and only distributed to the proponents that are pre-qualified during the RFPQ stage.

The RFP process will result in OLG selecting a service provider for each Gaming Bundle, subject to customary closing conditions and pending the execution of the Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA).

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, subject to municipal and provincial government approvals.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where a single gaming facility may be located. The location and design of these Gaming Zones is intended to ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of Gaming Zones across the province were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone relative to other Gaming Zones and gaming facilities
  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone to current and potential customers
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to assume certain day-to-day operations for an existing facility and possibly expand the site, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility is permitted within each Gaming Zone.

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG grouped some Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, potential proponents have been asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region.

What are the next steps for the remaining Gaming Bundles?

OLG expects to release procurement documents for the remaining Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

Interested proponents who pre-qualify through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider for the applicable Gaming Bundle will be selected from this group.

Communities and OLG’s Modernization

Municipal and community choice is an important element of OLG’s modernization. OLG will only locate gaming facilities where there is support to do so from the municipal council or the First Nation band council. OLG has always been clear that it will respect the decision of a municipality or First Nation band council regarding hosting a new gaming site, or relocating or expanding an existing one.

When it comes to gaming facilities, OLG’s approach to potential and current host municipalities and host reserves across Ontario has been consistent.

The municipal council or First Nations band council must pass a resolution confirming their interest in hosting a gaming facility.

Where a municipal council or First Nations band council has included conditions as part of its resolution for gaming in its community, such as restrictions on the movement or expansion of a gaming site, OLG will ensure service providers are aware of such conditions during the RFP phase of the procurement process.

The municipal council or the First Nations band council then works with the selected service provider to determine the location of a new gaming site, if one is proposed and permitted.

As has always been the case, adding table games at a gaming site that currently has none, relocating a current gaming site or building a new gaming site can only occur where there is municipal or band council consent and a viable business case put forth by a service provider, which is subsequently approved by OLG.

Any new gaming site, introduction of table games at a gaming site that currently has none, or the proposed relocation of an existing gaming site, is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

Horse Racing Integration

OLG is working with the horse racing industry and the Ontario government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Horse racing integration is part of modernization and is included in OLG’s mandate from the Ontario government.

OLG is working with the horse racing industry to:

  • Create a business model for integration that is focused on stability
  • Provide advice to the government on long-term funding
  • Partner with the industry to optimize branding and build public awareness about horse racing
  • Develop new horse-themed lottery and gaming products

OLG is also providing provincial support by sharing its expertise and helping to direct the industry to adopt a Responsible Gambling program.

Ensuring a strong future for horse racing is a priority for OLG and a key part of modernization. Representatives from the horse racing industry, the Government of Ontario and Crown agencies are working together in support of a more sustainable industry.

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct and management of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect service providers to deliver many of the services related to the day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming.

World’s Best Responsible Gambling Program

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which was ranked number one in the world by the World Lottery Association in 2014.

OLG will also require service providers to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that its procurement process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of its procurement process.

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TICKET WORTH $100,000 UNCLAIMED IN OSHAWA

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTO MAX prize worth $100,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Oshawa. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Friday, October 23, 2015 ENCORE – LOTTO MAX draw were 7 – 0 – 3 – 6 – 7 – 5 – 2. 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 Monday, October 24, 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.

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TICKET WORTH $10,000 UNCLAIMED IN THORNHILL

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTO 6/49 prize worth $10,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Thornhill. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning number for the Saturday, October 17, 2015 ENCORE – LOTTO 6/49 draw were 5 – 4 – 8 – 4 – 4 – 0 – 2. Players must match the first six of the seven numbers drawn in exact order to win the $10,000 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 Monday, October 17, 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.

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OLG ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO LOTTERY MODERNIZATION

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has cancelled the current Request for Proposals (RFP) for Lottery in favour of a revised modernization approach. Through the Lottery modernization, OLG has been seeking a way, in partnership with the private sector, to unlock the opportunity to create greater value for Ontario.

After a period of due diligence and consultation with globally-experienced proponents, OLG has determined that the selection of a single service provider would not provide sufficient value for the Province.

“Today, OLG’s Lottery business performs well; 2015-16 sales were a record $3.8 billion,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “However, in order to unlock the full potential of the business, our approach to Lottery modernization is evolving. Under a revised approach, we will seek to enhance our capabilities in technology and innovation through partnerships with the private sector. This approach will leverage our skilled Lottery operations, headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie.”

The investments in research, due diligence and market capacity that OLG has made to date will inform OLG’s approach going forward. “OLG’s mandate is to continually improve the business,” said Rigby. “Our research reveals there is untapped revenue potential in the market. We are now adjusting our approach and remain committed to providing increased revenue to the Province.”

In the meantime, it is business as usual. OLG will continue to operate the Lottery business. Customers and retailers will see no disruption in service and the modernization of land-based gaming continues.

At more than $2.2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

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Backgrounder OLG Lottery Modernization

A Record Year

In 2015-16, OLG provided a record return to the Province of more than $2.2 billion—it is the government’s largest source of non-tax revenue.

It is OLG’s obligation to continually and responsibly improve the business for the benefit of Ontario.

Changes to Lottery Modernization

Through modernization, OLG has been seeking a way to responsibly create greater value for Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced that the modernization of lottery and gaming businesses would begin. The Lottery Request for Information was issued in June 2012, and closed in August of that year. It garnered strong market reaction with more than 30 respondents providing advice on the market opportunity.

In December 2012, OLG issued the Lottery Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) seeking a service provider to:

  • be responsible for operating the day-to-day lottery business;
  • recommend strategies to maximize the growth and success of the lottery business; and
  • develop products and marketing plans, as well as process and cost optimization.

For this phase, too, OLG received substantial response from the market.

OLG issued the Lottery Request for Proposals (RFP) in September 2014, noting that the RFP would enable OLG to select one service provider to run specific day-to-day operations of the Lottery business in Ontario. Since then, OLG has conducted three sets of Commercially Confidential Meetings with pre-qualified proponents.

After a period of due diligence and consultation with globally-experienced proponents, OLG has determined that the selection of a single service provider would not provide increased value for the Province.

OLG had a specific mandate through its lottery modernization process to ensure value for the Province. OLG asked proponents to commit to a level of business growth, but proponents indicated that they would have difficulty meeting the conditions of the Request for Proposal to provide sufficient value to the Province. As a result, OLG has cancelled the current procurement.

To unlock the full potential of the business, OLG is evolving its approach to lottery modernization. It will seek to enhance its capabilities in technology and innovation through partnerships with the private sector. The investments in research, due diligence and market capacity that OLG has made to date will inform its approach going forward.

Gaming Modernization Continues

Modernization is proceeding in Eastern Ontario. A service provider (Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership) has been operating the gaming facilities in the East Gaming Bundle for more than eight months. A new gaming site in Belleville—Shorelines Belleville—is under construction and has commenced the hiring process.

OLG’s land-based gaming procurement process is continuing. RFPs for the North, Southwest and GTA Gaming Bundles are all in the market and proceeding with high proponent engagement. In addition, the RFPQ for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle has closed and the RFP will be released shortly. OLG has also announced its intention to add the two Niagara Casinos—Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara—to its modernization procurement process to improve fairness and competition across the regional gaming market.

Modernizing lottery and gaming helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for hospitals and other government priorities.

“We remain committed to the intent of modernization: to provide increased revenue to the Province and the people of Ontario.”
— Stephen Rigby, President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

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OLG ADDS NBA TO PRO-LINE

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) today announced that National Basketball Association (NBA) games will be added to the OLG’s PRO-LINE beginning with the 2016-17 NBA regular season.

PRO-LINE provides a trusted platform for sports fans to wager on a full lineup of professional and college sports and soon, NBA basketball.

“Ontario loves basketball, and coming off NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto and the Raptors’ most successful season in franchise history, the popularity of the NBA in Canada is at an all-time high,” said Greg McKenzie, OLG’s Chief Operating Officer. “OLG is thrilled to add the NBA to PRO-LINE for our customers. With the addition of the NBA, Ontario sports fans will now have even more choices for a better gaming experience.”

The 2016-17 NBA regular season will begin October 25, 2016.

For more information on PRO-LINE and how to play, please visit PROLINE.ca.

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TICKET WORTH $49,899 UNCLAIMED IN TORONTO

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO 6/49 prize worth $49,899.70 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, September 30, 2015 LOTTO 6/49 draw were 01-06-08-13-21-26 with Bonus number 03. Players must match five of the six main numbers plus the bonus number to win the $49,899.70 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, September 30, 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 of 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:

  • 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.

THE MSIFN AND OLG COMMEMORATE HISTORIC AGREEMENTS ON THE FIRST NATION’S TRADITIONAL TERRITORY

PORT PERRY, ON – In a ceremony steeped in tradition, leaders of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) and of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) commemorated a historic signing event today. The revenue sharing agreements, signed by leaders of both groups, finalize the Great Blue Heron Casino’s (GBH) transition to a commercial casino and inclusion in the GTA Bundle for OLG’s gaming modernization.

Following nearly three years of negotiations and consultations, members of the MSIFN voted unanimously to ratify the agreement with OLG this past July. This vote allowed OLG to add GBH to the GTA Gaming Bundle, which also includes OLG Slots at Woodbine and the OLG Slots at Ajax Downs.

“After hosting multiple consultation meetings with our members in Vancouver, Niagara and right here in Port Perry, MSIFN’s Council is delighted to celebrate our achievements with OLG,” said Chief Kelly LaRocca. “MSIFN and GBH remain open for business. We look forward to fostering many local partnerships in support of a thriving casino in collaboration with a new operator.”

For nearly 20 years, GBH has played an important role in the MSIFN community and the Region of Durham. The casino is the largest employer in the region, employing almost 3,000 people directly and indirectly. Through GBH, MSIFN provides over $236 million annually in local economic benefits.

“Today’s ceremony symbolizes the cooperative relationship we have with the MSIFN,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “We share a focus on job creation, economic development and community building.”

OLG expects to announce the successful service provider for the GTA bundle in late summer 2017.

Working with the MSIFN to reach these historic agreements demonstrates the provincial government’s commitment to Ontario’s First Nations communities.

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TICKET WORTH $25,000 UNCLAIMED IN TORONTO

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim a DAILY KENO prize worth $25,000 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 Thursday, September 3, 2015 DAILY KENO (EVENING) draw were 03 – 07 – 08 – 09 – 12 – 14 – 27 – 29 – 30 – 33 – 36 – 39 – 40 – 41 – 42 – 47 – 55 – 57 – 58 – 61.

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 Tuesday, September 6, 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.

GREAT BLUE HERON CASINO INCLUDED IN GTA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – Great Blue Heron Charity Casino (GBH) will be included in the GTA Gaming Bundle. A number of agreements have been reached between the Government of Ontario, OLG, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) and other parties that allow the site to be added to the bundle. Working with MSIFN demonstrates the Ontario government’s commitment to Ontario’s First Nations communities.

“For almost 20 years, GBH has played an important role in Ontario’s gaming industry, the MSIFN community and the Region of Durham by creating jobs and contributing to the local economy,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance. “The agreements we have reached and the addition of the casino to OLG’s modernization process will help ensure GBH continues to benefit the area for years to come.”

OLG’s procurement process for a service provider for the GTA Gaming Bundle is currently in the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase. OLG has provided an addendum to pre-qualified RFP proponents that provides information on the changes to the bundle.

When OLG released the GTA Gaming Bundle RFPQ in December 2013 and the RFP in February 2016, it indicated that information about the possible inclusion of GBH would be shared with proponents during the RFP process.

“The addition of GBH is a significant step in our modernization process for the GTA Gaming Bundle,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “The bundle represents a unique opportunity for a service provider to leverage the success of existing gaming sites, including GBH.”

OLG’s strategic procurement process involves information of a commercially sensitive nature. As a result, details of the RFP documents, including the addendum, will not be released.

On July 19, 2016, in a unanimous vote, MSIFN ratified a revenue share agreement that paved the way for OLG to add GBH to the Gaming Bundle.

“MSIFN’s Council take seriously our role in the community, and we look forward to working with local partners in the years ahead,” said Chief Kelly LaRocca. “We also want to stress that GBH continues to be open for business, and we look forward to working with OLG and its new operator in building a vibrant hub of economic activity at Scugog First Nation.”

To OLG, the integrity of the procurement process is of the utmost importance. OLG follows the Government of Ontario’s procurement guidelines to ensure that the process is fair and competitive. In addition, throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice.

The GTA Gaming Bundle has three gaming zones, currently served by OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack, OLG Slots at Ajax Downs and Great Blue Heron Charity Casino. OLG expects to announce the successful service provider for the bundle in late summer 2017.

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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RFPQ FOR OTTAWA AREA GAMING BUNDLE CLOSES

TORONTO, ON – Today, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) marks the close of the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ).

OLG will now undertake its due diligence in evaluating the RFPQ submissions. From the submissions, OLG will select the proponents eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) document for the Gaming Bundle.

To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance. Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

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 key government services.

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 $42 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 FIRST-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST MUNICIPALITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued first-quarter (April to June, 2016) non-tax gaming revenue payments totaling $34,572,858 to 22 municipalities which currently host OLG facilities. To date, host municipalities have received more than $1.2 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.

“OLG gaming site revenue allows host municipalities across Ontario to invest in local priorities such as infrastructure, programs and services that help strengthen communities,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Finance. “The people of Ontario also directly benefit from these funds which help support broader public services including health care and education.”

These payments are made under an equitable formula in the Municipality Contribution Agreement that determines the funds municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility and are based on an escalating 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 2016-2017, the province has allocated $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 2016-2017 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 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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TICKET WORTH $10,000 UNCLAIMED IN WOODBRIDGE

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim a DAILY KENO prize worth $10,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Woodbridge. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Sunday, July 19, 2015 DAILY KENO (EVENING) draw were 01 – 02 – 03 – 05 – 10 – 12 – 14 – 15 – 16 – 26 – 28 – 30 – 31 – 32 – 37 – 48 – 59 – 62 – 63 – 69.

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 Tuesday, July 19, 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 $42 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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TICKET WORTH $100,000 UNCLAIMED IN KITCHENER

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTO MAX prize worth $100,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Kitchener. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Friday, July 17, 2015 ENCORE – LOTTO MAX draw were 5 – 3 – 8 – 5 – 7 – 2 – 1. 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 Monday, July 18, 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 $42 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 LAUNCHES RFP FOR NIAGARA FALLS ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is taking another step in its procurement process for a new entertainment centre in Niagara Falls by releasing Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to pre-qualified proponents.

The RFP will allow OLG to select a proponent to design, build, finance and maintain a new large-scale, high-quality entertainment centre in the City of Niagara Falls.

The facility would provide customers at Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara with an entertainment experience that is similar to what is offered at other resort casinos in Ontario, like Caesars Windsor and Casino Rama.

Entertainment has become a significant factor in driving visitors to casinos, helping to build brand awareness and generating incremental gaming revenue. Non-gaming amenities are increasingly important for customers and are essential in competitive, tourism-driven environments like Niagara Falls.

The proposed Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre will contain between 5,000 and 7,000 seats, and is intended to accommodate larger concerts, shows and attractions that will draw more visitors to the City of Niagara Falls and OLG’s Niagara casinos. It will also contribute to the thriving community by helping to create jobs and encourage economic growth in the region.

OLG expects to announce the successful proponent in mid-2017.

OLG is proud to be part of the Niagara Falls community. We are helping to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the Niagara casinos by issuing the RFP for the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre now, as well as adding the casinos to OLG’s modernization in late summer 2016.

Since the first casino opened in 1996, OLG has provided close to $390 million to the City of Niagara Falls, money the municipality has used to invest in its priorities.

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TICKET WORTH $500,000 UNCLAIMED IN TORONTO

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS prize worth $500,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Toronto. The ticket sold in Toronto shared a $1 million prize with another ticket. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Friday, July 10, 2015 LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS draw were 02 – 13 – 20 – 24 – 33 – 36 – 47. Players must match all seven numbers to win a MAXMILLIONS 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 Monday, July 11, 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 $42 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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TICKET WORTH $10,000 UNCLAIMED IN TORONTO

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTO MAX prize worth $10,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Toronto. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning number for the Friday, June 26, 2015 ENCORE – LOTTO MAX draw were 0 – 5 – 1 – 1 – 7 – 9 – 1. Players must match the first six of the seven numbers drawn in exact order to win the $10,000 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 Monday, June 27, 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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OLG RE-ISSUES RFPQ FOR OTTAWA AREA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is re-issuing a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle on the procurement website, MERXTM.

OLG originally issued an RFPQ for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle in November 2012. The RFPQ was cancelled in December 2015 because OLG and the landlord were not able to finalize a lease for the one gaming site in the bundle—OLG Slots at Rideau Carleton Raceway. A finalized lease for the gaming site is required for OLG to proceed with the procurement process to select a service provider for the bundle, given that relocation is not a viable option at this time. OLG and the landlord have now finalized a lease for the site and OLG is re-issuing the RFPQ for the bundle.

Re-issuing the RFPQ will enable OLG to pre-qualify the potential proponents that are eligible to receive the Request for Proposals (RFP) documents. RFPQ applicants are required to provide information on their experience in areas such as gaming and property development.

From the RFP submissions, OLG will select one service provider to run certain day-to-day operations of the gaming site at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

The RFPQ will close on August 4, 2016. OLG will begin the RFP process for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle in the coming months.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

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 key government services.

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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Backgrounder RFPQ for Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle

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For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit: http://about.olg.ca/modernization-project-status-rfp/

OLG’s Modernization

In July 2010, OLG was asked by the Ontario government to complete a comprehensive, strategic review of the lottery distribution network and land-based gaming sites. The review resulted in a report to government called Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced its modernization plan.

OLG is engaging the private sector to help build a new model for lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG’s modernization will expand private sector participation in the industry, which will ensure greater efficiencies because:

  • Service providers will be able to focus on delivering certain day-to-day operations, while OLG maintains control and accountability
  • Capital costs of expanding, improving and maintaining gaming facilities will be taken on by the private sector, not the government

Through modernization, OLG will:

  • Become more customer focused
  • Expand the regulated role of the private sector in the day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming
  • Renew its role in the conduct and management of lottery and gaming

Under section 207 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, only OLG (as an agent of the Province) is permitted to conduct and manage gaming in Ontario. That is why OLG will continue its conduct and manage role and will remain the operating mind behind the delivery of gaming and lottery in Ontario.

As service providers take over certain day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage lottery and gaming
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through service providers, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities

Once modernization is fully implemented, it will provide additional revenue to the Province to support vital services Ontarians rely on. At the same time, Ontario will continue to be a North American leader in responsible gambling, supporting the research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

OLG’s Gaming Procurement Process

Modernization is a significant transformation of a government agency. The plan is ambitious and complex.

OLG’s modernization procurement process will lead to long-term contracts with service providers. OLG needs to ensure proper due diligence in order to select service providers from among the best and most qualified proponents.

Since its initial launch, modernization has evolved in response to further consultation with industry experts through the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) processes, collaboration with municipalities across Ontario and public policy adjustments.

OLG has made significant progress by:

  • Completing an RFI process for lottery and land-based gaming
  • Issuing RFPQs for lottery and land-based Gaming Bundles
  • Successfully procuring a service provider for iGaming and launching the PlayOLG online gaming platform
  • Launching the revitalization of charitable gaming
  • Working with the horse racing industry and government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario
  • Completing the RFP process for the East Gaming Bundle and launching the RFP process for the North, Southwest, GTA and West GTA Gaming Bundles
  • Issuing the RFPQ for the Niagara Gaming Bundle and the RFP for the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre

On September 9, 2015, OLG announced it had selected Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle. Ontario Gaming East LP took over certain day-to-day operations of OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs on January 11, 2016.

What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

RFPQs help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Through a public tendering system (MERX™), interested proponents are asked to submit information on their operational experience, financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, the proponents must provide information on business and other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First Nations communities.

Interested proponents must also register with the AGCO or have submitted an application for registration.

The RFPQ process results in OLG identifying pre-qualified proponents eligible to receive the RFP documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

In the RFP stage, pre-qualified proponents are invited to bid on a specific opportunity through a competitive and transparent procurement process. RFPs are confidential and only distributed to the proponents that are pre-qualified during the RFPQ stage.

The RFP process will result in OLG selecting a service provider for each Gaming Bundle, subject to customary closing conditions and pending the execution of the Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA).

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, subject to municipal and provincial government approvals.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where a single gaming facility may be located. The location and design of these Gaming Zones is intended to ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of Gaming Zones across the province were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone relative to other Gaming Zones and gaming facilities
  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone to current and potential customers
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to assume certain day-to-day operations for an existing facility and possibly expand the site, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility is permitted within each Gaming Zone.

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG grouped some Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, potential proponents have been asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region.

What are the next steps for the remaining Gaming Bundles?

OLG expects to release procurement documents for the remaining Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

Interested proponents who pre-qualify through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider for the applicable Gaming Bundle will be selected from this group.

Communities and OLG’s Modernization

Municipal and community choice is an important element of OLG’s modernization. OLG will only locate gaming facilities where there is support to do so from the municipal council or the First Nation band council. OLG has always been clear that it will respect the decision of a municipality or First Nation band council regarding hosting a new gaming site, or relocating or expanding an existing one.

When it comes to gaming facilities, OLG’s approach to potential and current host municipalities and host reserves across Ontario has been consistent.

The municipal council or First Nations band council must pass a resolution confirming their interest in hosting a gaming facility.

Where a municipal council or First Nations band council has included conditions as part of its resolution for gaming in its community, such as restrictions on the movement or expansion of a gaming site, OLG will ensure service providers are aware of such conditions during the RFP phase of the procurement process.

The municipal council or the First Nations band council then works with the selected service provider to determine the location of a new gaming site, if one is proposed and permitted.

As has always been the case, adding table games at a gaming site that currently has none, relocating a current gaming site or building a new gaming site can only occur where there is municipal or band council consent and a viable business case put forth by a service provider, which is subsequently approved by OLG.

Any new gaming site, introduction of table games at a gaming site that currently has none, or the proposed relocation of an existing gaming site, is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

Horse Racing Integration

OLG is working with the horse racing industry and the Ontario government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Horse racing integration is part of modernization and is included in OLG’s mandate from the Ontario government.

OLG is working with the horse racing industry to:

  • Create a business model for integration that is focused on stability
  • Provide advice to the government on long-term funding
  • Partner with the industry to optimize branding and build public awareness about horse racing
  • Develop new horse-themed lottery and gaming products

OLG is also providing provincial support by sharing its expertise and helping to direct the industry to adopt a Responsible Gambling program.

Ensuring a strong future for horse racing is a priority for OLG and a key part of modernization. Representatives from the horse racing industry, the Government of Ontario and Crown agencies are working together in support of a more sustainable industry.

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct and management of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect service providers to deliver many of the services related to the day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming.

World’s Best Responsible Gambling Program

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which was ranked number one in the world by the World Lottery Association in 2014.

OLG will also require service providers to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that its procurement process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of its procurement process.

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$1.3 MILLION RAISED FOR FORT ERIE CHARITIES THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an important milestone in Fort Erie. More than $1.3 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 Uncle Sam’s hosted the official celebration for the $1.3 million milestone, as this location converted to an eBingo facility in October 2014. Today’s event was attended by Wayne Redekop, Mayor of Fort Erie; Stephen Passero, Fort Erie Ward Two Councillor; Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming, OLG; and Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

“The Town of Fort Erie is very proud of our community partnership with Delta Bingo & Gaming Fort Erie and its 32 local charities and not-for-profits that have raised over $1.3 million for programs and services in our town in just over two years,” said Wayne Redekop, Mayor of Fort Erie. “All of these funds remain in our community and benefit the people of Fort Erie in ways that have truly remarkable impacts.”

“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 Fort Erie area,” said Rick Gray, OLG’s Vice President of Charitable Gaming.

“Today is celebrating the wonderful success of Charitable Gaming in Fort Erie.” 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 choice 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 $100 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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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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 $42 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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LABOUR DISRUPTION ENDS AT OLG SLOTS AT RIDEAU CARLETON RACEWAY

TORONTO, ON – On May 27, 2016, OLG and the union representing the gaming floor employees at OLG Slots at Rideau Carleton Raceway agreed to end the labour disruption which began on December 16, 2015.

OLG remains open from Monday to Thursday from noon until midnight and on Friday and Saturday from noon until 2 a.m.  On Sunday, the Slots at Rideau will be open from noon until 12 midnight.

The Slots facility will return to regular 24/7 business hours as of noon on Monday, June 6.

OLG would like to thank our customers for their continued patronage throughout the labour disruption.

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 $42 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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TICKET WORTH $500,000 UNCLAIMED IN WELLAND

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS prize worth $500,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Welland. The ticket sold in Welland shared a $1 million prize with another ticket. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Friday, June 5, 2015 LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS draw were 01 – 11 – 12 – 15 – 16 – 27 – 29. Players must match all of the seven numbers drawn in order to win a MAXMILLIONS 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 Monday, June 6, 2016.

The OLG Prize Centre is 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:

  • 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

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SELF-EXCLUSION PROGRAM EXTENDED TO ONTARIO CHARITABLE GAMING CENTRES

TORONTO, ON – For people who wish to limit or stop their gambling, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is extending its Self-Exclusion Program to all 31 Charitable Gaming Centres throughout the province.

The new Self-Exclusion Program is part of the province’s Charitable Gaming Revitalization initiative and is an extension of the Self-Exclusion Program currently available at all OLG slots, casino, and resort casino facilities.

Self-Exclusion is a voluntary self-help program offered by OLG and requires an individual to commit to staying away from Charitable Gaming Centres in Ontario. An individual who is registered in OLG’s Charitable Gaming Self-Exclusion Program is prohibited from entering all Charitable Gaming Centres in the province, is removed from Charitable Gaming direct marketing, and is ineligible to win Charitable Gaming prizes. A self-excluded individual is required to reinstate before returning to any Charitable Gaming Centre.

“Extending OLG’s Self-Exclusion Program to Charitable Gaming Centres in Ontario is an important part of how we are building awareness and understanding of problem gambling prevention,” said Paul Pellizzari, Executive Director of Policy and Social Responsibility at OLG. “In addition to identifying the local resources and community agencies to support those with gambling concerns, we are working with the Responsible Gaming Resource Centres at each of the Charitable Gaming sites to introduce the program.”

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 Charitable Gaming 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 Centres in the province. This started in 2012.  The new Charitable Gaming products 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.
  • TapTix: 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 $100 million in additional money for local charities and their communities.

As part of the revitalization, OLG assisted in introducing Responsible Gaming Resource Centres at all of the 31 Charitable Gaming Centres.  The RGRCs, 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 $42 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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TICKET WORTH $500,000 UNCLAIMED IN NEWMARKET

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS prize worth $500,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Newmarket. The ticket sold in Newmarket shared a $1 million prize with another ticket. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Friday, May 22, 2015 LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS draw were 12 – 15 – 18 – 29 – 37 – 46 – 47. Players must match all of the seven numbers drawn in order to win a MAXMILLIONS 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 Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

The OLG Prize Centre is 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:

  • 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 est l’organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario qui fournit des activités de jeu d’une manière socialement responsable. OLG exploite et gère des établissements de jeu, la vente de jeux de loterie dans la province, le jeu en ligne à PlayOLG et la prestation du bingo et d’autres produits de jeu électronique aux centres de jeu de bienfaisance dans la province, et dirige l’intégration des courses de chevaux à la stratégie de jeu provinciale. Depuis 1975, OLG a versé près de 42 milliards de dollars à la Province et à la population de l’Ontario. Ces paiements à la Province soutiennent le fonctionnement des hôpitaux, le sport amateur par l’entremise du programme Quest for Gold, les organismes de bienfaisance locaux et provinciaux et la prévention, le traitement et la recherche liés au jeu problématique.

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$2 MILLION RAISED FOR ST. THOMAS CHARITIES THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an important milestone in St. Thomas. More than $2 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.

Jackpot City Gaming Entertainment hosted the official celebration for the $2 million milestone, as this location converted to an eBingo facility in December 2013. Today’s event was attended by Heather Jackson, Mayor of St. Thomas; Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming, OLG; and Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

“The City of St. Thomas is very proud of our community partnership with Jackpot City Gaming Entertainment and their 73 local charities and not-for-profits that have raised over $2 million for programs and services in our city in just over two years,” said Heather Jackson, Mayor of St. Thomas. “All of these funds remain in our community and benefit the people of St. Thomas in a way that is truly impactful.”

“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 St. Thomas area,” said Rick Gray, OLG’s Vice President of Charitable Gaming.

“Today is celebrating the wonderful success of Charitable Gaming in St. Thomas.” 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 Charitable Gaming 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 Centres in the province. This started in 2012.  The new Charitable Gaming products 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.
  • TapTix: 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 $100 million in additional money for local charities and their communities.

As part of the revitalization, OLG assisted in introducing Responsible Gaming Resource Centres at all of the 31 Charitable Gaming Centres.  The RGRCs, 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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
OLG Media Relations
1-888-946-6716
Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA)
905-824-5478

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 $42 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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$20 MILLION RAISED FOR SUDBURY CHARITIES THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an important milestone in Sudbury. More than $20 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.

Boardwalk Gaming Centre hosted the official celebration for the $20 million milestone, as this location was part of the initial pilot project in 2005. Today’s event was attended by Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury; Brian Bigger, Mayor of Sudbury; Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming, OLG; and Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

“I’m so impressed with the work that has been done locally over the past 10 years through the revitalization of Charitable Gaming.  What an achievement, raising 20 million dollars to benefit so many local charities and non-profit organizations across our community,” said Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury. “I want to commend the staff at Boardwalk gaming, OLG, as well as the many volunteers who have helped reach this milestone.  And I know there is more to come in the future as this partnership continues.”

“The City of Greater Sudbury is very proud of our community partnership with Boardwalk Gaming and their 150 local charities and not-for-profits that raise over $2 million annually for programs and services in our city,” said Brian Bigger, Mayor of Greater Sudbury.” All of these funds remain in our community and benefit the people of Greater Sudbury in a way that is truly impactful.”

“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 Sudbury area,” said Rick Gray, OLG’s Vice President of Charitable Gaming.

“Today is celebrating the wonderful success of Charitable Gaming in Sudbury,” 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

Charitable Gaming 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 Centres in the province. This started in 2012.  The new Charitable Gaming products 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.

  • TapTix: 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 $100 million in additional money for local charities

and their communities.

As part of the revitalization, OLG assisted in introducing Responsible Gaming Resource Centres at all of the 31

Charitable Gaming Centres.  The RGRCs, 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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
OLG Media Relations
1-888-946-6716
Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA)
905-824-5478

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OLG MAKES FOURTH-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST MUNICIPALITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued fourth-quarter (January to March, 2016) non-tax gaming revenue payments totaling $20,184,541 to 22 municipalities which currently host OLG facilities. To date, host municipalities have received more than $1.2 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.

“OLG gaming site revenue provided to host municipalities helps communities invest in infrastructure projects and important local programs and services which benefit Ontario families,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Finance. “Along with supporting local development, these funds directly benefit vital public services such as health care and education in communities across Ontario.”

These payments are made under an equitable formula in the Municipality Contribution Agreement that determines the funds municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility and are based on an escalating 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 2015-2016, the province allocated $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 2015-2016 was $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 leading the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 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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$1 MILLION RAISED FOR THUNDER BAY CHARITIES THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an important milestone in Thunder Bay. More than $1 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 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.

Superior Shores Gaming Centre hosted the official celebration for the $1 million milestone, as this location, which is owned and operated by sixty-five local charities, converted to an e-bingo gaming site in December 2014. Today’s event was attended by the The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, Mayor Keith Hobbs, David Fraser, Director of Governance and Relationship Management, OLG and Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

“OLG is proud of the Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization program and the role we have played in providing sustainable revenue sources to the charities that serve the Thunder Bay area,” said Rick Gray, OLG’s Vice President of Charitable Gaming.

“Today is celebrating the wonderful success of Charitable Gaming in Thunder Bay,” said Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the OCGA.  “This initiative is making a big difference to many local charities who 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 Charitable Gaming 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 Centres in the province. This started in 2012.  The new Charitable Gaming products 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.
  • TapTix: 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 $100 million in additional money for local charities and their communities.

As part of the revitalization, OLG assisted in introducing Responsible Gaming Resource Centres at all of the 31 Charitable Gaming Centres.  The RGRCs, 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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
OLG Media Relations
1-888-946-6716
Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA)
905-824-5478

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JAYS CARE FOUNDATION TAKES PART IN NEW ELECTRONIC 50/50 RAFFLE PILOT PROGRAM

TORONTO –   A new partnership between the Jays Care Foundation and the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) is creating a new game day tradition for Toronto Blue Jays baseball fans which will benefit charities across Ontario.

Just in time for the Blue Jays’ home opener, OLG is introducing a new electronic 50/50 raffle system at the Rogers Centre. State-of-the-art handheld devices will replace the existing manual 50/50 raffles. The change will help raise more money for charities supported by the Jays Care Foundation and provide larger prizes for raffle players.

Electronic 50/50 raffle draws are also available at Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Rock and Ottawa Senators home games. Sales at these games started in September 2014, which has resulted in significantly increased money raised for the Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (MLSE) Foundation and the Ottawa Senators Foundation.

Highlights of the new electronic 50/50 raffle program include:

  • More excitement for players: Electronic 50/50 features real-time displays of total prize money available in the jackpot.
  • Improved access: Electronic 50/50 allows sellers to reach more patrons and allows longer ticket sales to increase money for charities and provide larger jackpots.
  • Greater integrity and accuracy: Electronic 50/50 systems register and record all transactions and tickets.
  • Improved security and accountability: With electronic 50/50, each and every dollar is tracked in real-time.

Results from electronic 50/50 ticket sales at the Rogers Centre, in addition to continued sales from draws at the Air Canada Centre and the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, will provide more data in order to evaluate this pilot program.

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 $42 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 ADMINISTERS FUNDING FOR HORSE RACING INDUSTRY

TORONTO, ON – Effective today, OLG is taking over administration of the Transfer Payment Agreements (TPAs) that the Ontario government has with racetracks in the province. TPAs support the industry by providing funding for purses and operational costs at tracks that run live racing.

“The ongoing collaboration between the Ontario government, OLG and the industry is helping to build the foundation for proactive, industry-led success,” said Cal Bricker, Senior Vice President, Horse Racing. “By taking over administration of the TPAs, OLG will distribute approximately $93 million of government funding to racetracks in Ontario to support close to 950 race dates in 2016-17.”

In the 2016 Ontario Budget, the government announced a two-year extension to support for the horse racing industry, formerly known as the Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program. The extension will provide funding that is consistent with current levels until March 2021, giving the industry confidence to make investments and business decisions for the coming years.

OLG is continuing to work with the industry to provide options to the Ontario government on a long-term funding arrangement.

OLG is also launching a new page on OLG.ca that contains information and updates on horse racing integration. The new horse racing line of business at OLG is providing additional resources to keep integration moving forward in partnership with the industry and government.

Horse racing is vital to rural communities. The industry provides jobs for thousands of people across the province and is an important part of Ontario’s heritage.

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OLG TO INCLUDE NIAGARA CASINOS IN MODERNIZATION

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is announcing that it intends to add the two Niagara Casinos—Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara—to its modernization procurement process.

“Including the Niagara Casinos in the procurement process will ensure greater consistency in Ontario’s gaming market and will maximize the benefit of modernization for the people and Province of Ontario,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It will make future capital costs of developing, expanding, improving and maintaining the Niagara Casinos the responsibility of a service provider—so public money is no longer used to cover these costs. It will also give the selected service provider the flexibility to operate the sites in the bundle more efficiently.”

In order to include the two Niagara Casinos in modernization, OLG has notified its operator— Falls Management Group LP, acting through its general partner, Falls Management Company (collectively FMC)—that OLG will not extend the current operating agreement beyond its initial term, which ends on June 10, 2019. This is an option OLG has under the current agreement.

OLG estimates it will take up to three years to procure a service provider for the Niagara Gaming Bundle and enter into a new operating agreement. OLG is announcing its intention to include the Niagara Casinos in modernization now to ensure the selection of a service provider aligns with the end of the initial term of the current operating agreement with FMC. The announcement also allows OLG to:

  • Plan for a smooth transition of operations to a service provider after June 10, 2019
  • Provide notice that OLG intends to add the Niagara Gaming Bundle to the modernization procurement process to pre-qualified proponents that are actively participating in the RFP process for the North, Southwest and GTA Gaming Bundles, as well as to RFPQ applicants in other active Gaming Bundles
  • Ensure the transparency of OLG’s procurement process

OLG expects to release a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the Niagara Gaming Bundle in summer 2016.

OLG is continuing the procurement process for a new Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre. In November 2015, OLG released an RFPQ that outlines the opportunity to design, build, finance and maintain a new large-scale, high-quality entertainment centre in the City of Niagara Falls. OLG expects to release the Request for Proposals (RFP) to pre-qualified proponents in spring 2016. The service provider OLG selects for the Niagara Gaming Bundle will also be responsible for operating the future Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre.

“OLG is proud to be part of the Niagara Falls community,” said Rigby. “We continue to work with all stakeholders to help ensure the long-term competitiveness of the Niagara Falls market.”

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 key government services.

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 $42 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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Gaming Zone Current OLG Gaming Site Host Community
SW10 Casino Niagara Niagara Falls
SW11 Fallsview Casino Resort Niagara Falls

For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit: http://about.olg.ca/modernization-project-status-rfp/

OLG’s Modernization

In July 2010, OLG was asked by the Ontario government to complete a comprehensive, strategic review of the lottery distribution network and land-based gaming sites. The review resulted in a report to government called Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced its modernization plan.

OLG is engaging the private sector to help build a new model for lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG’s modernization will expand private sector participation in the industry, which will ensure greater efficiencies because:

  • Service providers will be able to focus on delivering certain day-to-day operations, while OLG maintains control and accountability
  • Capital costs of expanding, improving and maintaining gaming facilities will be taken on by the private sector, not the government

Through modernization, OLG will:

  • Become more customer focused
  • Expand the regulated role of the private sector in the day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming
  • Renew its role in the conduct and management of lottery and gaming

Under section 207 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, only OLG (as an agent of the Province) is permitted to conduct and manage gaming in Ontario. That is why OLG will continue its conduct and manage role and will remain the operating mind behind the delivery of gaming and lottery in Ontario.

As service providers take over certain day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage lottery and gaming
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through service providers, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities

Once modernization is fully implemented, it will provide additional revenue to the Province to support vital services Ontarians rely on. At the same time, Ontario will continue to be a North American leader in responsible gambling, supporting the research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

OLG’s Gaming Procurement Process

Modernization is a significant transformation of a government agency. The plan is ambitious and complex.

OLG’s modernization procurement process will lead to long-term contracts with service providers. OLG needs to ensure proper due diligence in order to select service providers from among the best and most qualified proponents.

Since its initial launch, modernization has evolved in response to further consultation with industry experts through the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) processes, collaboration with municipalities across Ontario and public policy adjustments.

OLG has made significant progress by:

  • Completing an RFI process for lottery and land-based gaming
  • Issuing RFPQs for lottery and land-based Gaming Bundles
  • Successfully procuring a service provider for iGaming and launching the PlayOLG online gaming platform
  • Launching the revitalization of charitable gaming
  • Working with the horse racing industry and government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario
  • Completing the RFP process for the East Gaming Bundle and launching the RFP process for the North, Southwest, GTA and West GTA Gaming Bundles
  • Issuing the RFPQ for the Niagara Gaming Bundle and the RFP for the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre

On September 9, 2015, OLG announced it had selected Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle. Ontario Gaming East LP took over certain day-to-day operations of OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs on January 11, 2016.

What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

RFPQs help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Through a public tendering system (MERX™), interested proponents are asked to submit information on their operational experience, financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, the proponents must provide information on business and other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First Nations communities.

Interested proponents must also register with the AGCO or have submitted an application for registration.

The RFPQ process results in OLG identifying pre-qualified proponents eligible to receive the RFP documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

In the RFP stage, pre-qualified proponents are invited to bid on a specific opportunity through a competitive and transparent procurement process. RFPs are confidential and only distributed to the proponents that are pre-qualified during the RFPQ stage.

The RFP process will result in OLG selecting a service provider for each Gaming Bundle, subject to customary closing conditions and pending the execution of the Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA).

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, subject to municipal and provincial government approvals.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where a single gaming facility may be located. The location and design of these Gaming Zones is intended to ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of Gaming Zones across the province were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone relative to other Gaming Zones and gaming facilities
  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone to current and potential customers
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to assume certain day-to-day operations for an existing facility and possibly expand the site, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility is permitted within each Gaming Zone.

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG grouped some Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, potential proponents have been asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region.

What are the next steps for the remaining Gaming Bundles?

OLG expects to release procurement documents for the remaining Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

Interested proponents who pre-qualify through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider for the applicable Gaming Bundle will be selected from this group.

Communities and OLG’s Modernization

Municipal and community choice is an important element of OLG’s modernization. OLG will only locate gaming facilities where there is support to do so from the municipal council or the First Nation band council. OLG has always been clear that it will respect the decision of a municipality or First Nation band council regarding hosting a new gaming site, or relocating or expanding an existing one.

When it comes to gaming facilities, OLG’s approach to potential and current host municipalities and host reserves across Ontario has been consistent.

The municipal council or First Nations band council must pass a resolution confirming their interest in hosting a gaming facility.

Where a municipal council or First Nations band council has included conditions as part of its resolution for gaming in its community, such as restrictions on the movement or expansion of a gaming site, OLG will ensure service providers are aware of such conditions during the RFP phase of the procurement process.

The municipal council or the First Nations band council then works with the selected service provider to determine the location of a new gaming site, if one is proposed and permitted.

As has always been the case, adding table games at a gaming site that currently has none, relocating a current gaming site or building a new gaming site can only occur where there is municipal or band council consent and a viable business case put forth by a service provider, which is subsequently approved by OLG.

Any new gaming site, introduction of table games at a gaming site that currently has none, or the proposed relocation of an existing gaming site, is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

Horse Racing Integration

OLG is working with the horse racing industry and the Ontario government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Horse racing integration is part of modernization and is included in OLG’s mandate from the Ontario government.

OLG is working with the horse racing industry to:

  • Create a business model for integration that is focused on stability
  • Provide advice to the government on long-term funding
  • Partner with the industry to optimize branding and build public awareness about horse racing
  • Develop new horse-themed lottery and gaming products

OLG is also providing provincial support by sharing its expertise and helping to direct the industry to adopt a Responsible Gambling program.

Ensuring a strong future for horse racing is a priority for OLG and a key part of modernization. Representatives from the horse racing industry, the Government of Ontario and Crown agencies are working together in support of a more sustainable industry.

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct and management of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect service providers to deliver many of the services related to the day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming.

World’s Best Responsible Gambling Program

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which was ranked number one in the world by the World Lottery Association in 2014.

OLG will also require service providers to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that its procurement process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of its procurement process.

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MORE THAN $1.6 MILLION RAISED FOR CAMBRIDGE CHARITIES THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an important milestone in Cambridge. More than $1.6 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 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.

The Cambridge Bingo Centre hosted the official celebration for the $1.6 million milestone, as this location converted to an e-bingo site in September 2013. Today’s event was attended by the Mayor of Cambridge, Doug Craig, Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming, OLG and Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

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

“The money raised through the Cambridge Bingo Centre has a great impact on our community,” said Mayor Doug Craig. “The charities and non-profits supported by this organization provide services that benefit all of Cambridge and really allow our community to thrive.”

“Today is celebrating the wonderful success of Charitable Gaming in Cambridge,” said Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the OCGA.  “This initiative is making a big difference to many local charities who 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 Charitable Gaming 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 Centres in the province. This started in 2012.  The new Charitable Gaming products 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.
  • TapTix: 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 $100 million in additional money for local charities and their communities.

As part of the revitalization, OLG assisted in introducing Responsible Gaming Resource Centres at all of the 31 Charitable Gaming Centres.  The RGRCs, 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

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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 $42 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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TICKET WORTH $10,000 UNCLAIMED IN BURLINGTON

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTO 6/49 prize worth $10,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Burlington.  Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Wednesday, March 25, 2015 ENCORE – LOTTO 6/49 draw were 8 – 5 – 7 – 0 – 2 – 5 – 7.  Players must match the first six of the seven numbers drawn in exact order to win the $10,000 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 Tuesday, March 29, 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 e-mailed 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 $42 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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TICKET WORTH $10,000 UNCLAIMED IN CHATHAM

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO 6/49 prize worth $10,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Chatham.  Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning selection for the Saturday, March 21, 2015 LOTTO 6/49 Super Draw was 59375638-01. Players must exactly match the Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection to win the $10,000 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 Monday, March 21, 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:

  • 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 $42 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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PlayOLG RECEIVES RG CHECK ACCREDITATION

TORONTO – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) Internet gaming website, PlayOLG.ca has received global recognition for its Responsible Gaming (RG) Program. PlayOLG has been certified with the RG Check certification, the most rigorous RG accreditation program in the world.

Administered by the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC), the RG Check accreditation program is based on an RG Index comprising a set of standards developed independent of the gaming industry. Informed by international best practices, this Index evaluates seven core standards: corporate policies, self-exclusion, advertising and promotion, informed decision making, assisting customers who may have problems with gambling, gaming environment and game features, and employee training.

PlayOLG launched to legal-aged Ontarians in January 2015 as the only Internet gaming site regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. PlayOLG is built with RG measures in place to encourage healthy player behaviour, to respond to changes in play that may lead to risky gambling and to direct players to information on where to seek help, if needed.

OLG consulted broadly with a range of stakeholders, researchers and addiction specialists in addition to reviewing available industry and academic research, to develop and implement RG best practices for PlayOLG.

PlayOLG’s Responsible Gambling

PlayOLG has embedded RG tools which draw on Canadian and global best practices after consulting broadly with a range of stakeholders, researchers and addiction specialists.

OLG’s RG program continues to receive international recognition. In 2015, the World Lottery Association (WLA) awarded OLG the WLA Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program Award. This award recognizes excellence in Responsible Gambling among more than 140 member organizations from around the world.

“PlayOLG’s RG safeguards and analytics offer a direct insight into the gambling habits or our customers,” said Paul Pellizzari, OLG’s Executive Director of Social Responsibility. “The RG features enable us to promote healthy playing habits and how to seek help and support for problem gamblers.”

PlayOLG’s RG features include:

  • No anonymous play
  • Registration includes age and identity verifications
  • Mandatory weekly deposit limits
  • Casino loss limits
  • Time limits for casino game play
  • Lottery ticket purchase limits
  • Customized RG messaging based on play levels
  • Seven day cooling-off period before increasing limits
  • Player self-assessments and risk profiles
  • Breaks from play on PlayOLG (one day to three months)
  • Self-Exclusion
  • Full account history available to every player
  • Tips for parents about password protection, how to use tools to restrict access to websites, and how to monitor their children’s Internet access and usage

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OLG CASINO BRANTFORD ACHIEVES LEED SILVER CERTIFICATION MILESTONE

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is proud to announce OLG Casino Brantford has received Silver Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the Canada Green Building Council. This recognition is a significant achievement for OLG’s Bet on Green program, and overall sustainability efforts.

LEED is the most widely used and globally recognized green building rating system. The certification process includes independent, third-party verification that a building was designed, built and is operating using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“OLG is taking steps to reduce our environmental footprint and, in many ways, Casino Brantford is leading the way for the organization,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is a strong example of our efforts to reduce our environmental impact and demonstrates OLG’s commitment to strengthening the communities in which we operate.”

Several green building strategies were incorporated in the overall design and construction of OLG Casino Brantford to achieve the LEED Silver Certification including:

  • 49% reduction in water consumption
  • 3% reduction in lighting power use
  • 90% of all appliances are energy star rated
  • 3% of construction materials contain recycled content
  • 9% of materials used in the construction are from rapidly renewable resources.

LEED Silver Certification also takes into account how the operation of the business impacts green initiatives. For example, OLG Casino Brantford aims to encourage the ongoing reduction of carbon emissions by ensuring:

  • easy access to public transportation for customers and employees as it is located on two local bus lines
  • customers with electric vehicles have access to two charging stations in the parking lot
  • employees who wish to bike to work have access to bicycle storage and change rooms complete with showers
  • an extensive recycling program is maintained and practiced within the gaming facility.

“Achieving LEED Silver Certification is a very important milestone,” said Edward Day, General Manager, OLG Casino Brantford. “However, to maintain this certification it requires an extensive team effort. We at Casino Brantford are all committed to this effort.”

OLG has driven environmental improvements through our Bet on Green program.  For example, greenhouse gas emissions at OLG have decreased almost 16-thousand tonnes in the last four years. OLG has reduced paper use by making our lottery tickets 25 per cent smaller. Also, OLG supports various green initiatives in the communities where we operate such as sponsoring and participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG ISSUES RFP FOR GTA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is continuing its procurement process for land-based gaming by issuing Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to pre-qualified proponents selected to bid on the GTA Gaming Bundle.

The RFP will enable OLG to select one service provider to run certain day-to-day gaming operations for the two gaming sites in the Gaming Bundle — OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack and OLG Slots at Ajax Downs. In addition, OLG continues to have discussions with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation regarding the possible inclusion of the Great Blue Heron Casino within the GTA Gaming Bundle. Some draft agreements have been developed and will be put forward for required approvals by the Provincial government, the OLG Board of Directors and others as necessary. If and when applicable, further details will be provided by OLG to proponents during the RFP process.

The GTA RFP follows the selection of a service provider for the East Gaming Bundle and release of RFPs for the North and Southwest Gaming Bundles.

To OLG, the integrity of the procurement process is of the utmost importance. Public procurements involve information of a commercially sensitive nature. As a result, details of the RFP documents and names of pre-qualified proponents will not be released by OLG while the process is ongoing.

Additionally, there will be no further communication by OLG about the RFP for this bundle until the selected service provider is announced. OLG expects to announce the successful service provider in late summer 2017.

OLG expects to release the RFPs for remaining Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

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 key government services, including health care and education.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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Backgrounder RFP for GTA Gaming Bundle

Gaming Zone Current OLG Gaming Site Host Community
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For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit: http://about.olg.ca/modernization-project-status-rfp/

OLG’s Modernization

In July 2010, OLG was asked by the Ontario government to complete a comprehensive, strategic review of the lottery distribution network and land-based gaming sites. The review resulted in a report to government called Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced its modernization plan.

OLG is engaging the private sector to help build a new model for lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG’s modernization will expand private sector participation in the industry, which will ensure greater efficiencies because:

  • Service providers will be able to focus on delivering certain day-to-day operations, while OLG maintains control and accountability
  • Most capital costs of expanding, improving and maintaining gaming facilities will be taken on by the private sector, not the government

Through modernization, OLG will:

  • Become more customer focused
  • Expand the regulated role of the private sector in the day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming
  • Renew its role in the conduct and management of lottery and gaming

Under section 207 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, only OLG (as an agent of the Province) is permitted to conduct and manage gaming in Ontario. That is why OLG will continue its conduct and manage role and will remain the operating mind behind the delivery of gaming and lottery in Ontario.

As service providers take over certain day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage lottery and gaming
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through service providers, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities

Once modernization is fully implemented, it will provide additional revenue to the Province to support vital services Ontarians rely on, like health care and education. At the same time, Ontario will continue to be a North American leader in responsible gambling, supporting the research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

OLG’s Gaming Procurement Process

Modernization is a significant transformation of a government agency. The plan is ambitious and complex.

OLG’s modernization procurement process will lead to long-term contracts with service providers. OLG needs to ensure proper due diligence in order to select service providers from among the best and most qualified proponents.

Since its initial launch, modernization has evolved in response to further consultation with industry experts through the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) processes, collaboration with municipalities across Ontario and public policy adjustments.

OLG has made significant progress by:

  • Completing an RFI process for lottery and land-based gaming
  • Issuing RFPQs and receiving submissions for lottery and land-based Gaming Bundles
  • Successfully procuring a service provider for iGaming and launching the PlayOLG online gaming platform
  • Launching the revitalization of charitable gaming
  • Working with the horse racing industry and government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario
  • Completing the RFP process for the East Gaming Bundle and launching the RFP process for Lottery, the North, Southwest and GTA Gaming Bundles

On September 9, 2015, OLG announced it had selected Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle. Ontario Gaming East LP took over certain day-to-day operations of OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs on January 11, 2016.

What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

RFPQs help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Through a public tendering system (MERXTM), interested proponents are asked to submit information on their financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, the proponents must provide information on business and other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First Nations communities.

Interested proponents must also be registered with the AGCO or have submitted an application for registration.

The RFPQ process results in OLG identifying qualified proponents eligible to receive the RFP documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

In the RFP stage, pre-qualified proponents are invited to bid on a specific opportunity through a competitive and transparent procurement process. RFPs are only distributed to the proponents that are pre-qualified during the RFPQ stage.

The RFP process will result in OLG selecting a service provider for each Gaming Bundle, subject to customary closing conditions and pending the execution of the Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA).

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, subject to municipal and provincial government approvals.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where a single gaming facility may be located. The location and design of these Gaming Zones is intended to ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of Gaming Zones across the province were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone relative to other Gaming Zones and gaming facilities
  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone to current and potential customers
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to assume certain day-to-day operations for an existing facility and possibly expand the site, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility is permitted within each Gaming Zone.

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG grouped some Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, potential proponents have been asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region.

OLG is currently modernizing seven Gaming Bundles: Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle, East Gaming Bundle, North Gaming Bundle, Southwest Gaming Bundle, West GTA Gaming Bundle, Central Gaming Bundle and GTA Gaming Bundle.

What are the next steps for the remaining Gaming Bundles?

OLG expects to release procurement documents for additional Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

Interested proponents who pre-qualify through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider for the applicable Gaming Bundle will be selected from this group.

Communities and OLG’s Modernization

Municipal and community choice is an important element of OLG’s modernization. OLG will only locate gaming facilities where there is support to do so from the municipal council or the council of the band of a First Nation. OLG has always been clear that it will respect the decision of a municipality or council of the band regarding hosting a new gaming site, or relocating or expanding an existing one.

When it comes to gaming facilities, OLG’s approach to potential and current host municipalities and host reserves across Ontario has been consistent.

The municipal council or council of the band must pass a resolution confirming their interest in hosting a gaming facility.

Where a municipal council or council of the band has included conditions as part of its resolution for gaming in its community, such as restrictions on the movement or expansion of a gaming site, OLG will ensure service providers are aware of such conditions during the RFP phase of the procurement process.

OLG then works with the municipal council or the council of the band and the selected service provider to determine the location of a new gaming site, if one is proposed and permitted.

As has always been the case, adding table games at a gaming site that currently has none, relocating a current gaming site or building a new gaming site can only occur where there is municipal or band council consent and a viable business case put forth by a service provider, which is subsequently approved by OLG.

Any new gaming site, introduction of table games at a gaming site that currently has none, or the proposed relocation of an existing gaming site, is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

Horse Racing Integration

OLG is working with the horse racing industry and the Ontario government to build the foundation for a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Horse racing integration is part of modernization and is included in OLG’s mandate from the Ontario government.

OLG is working with the horse racing industry to:

  • Create a business model for integration that is focused on stability
  • Provide advice to the government and support legislative changes
  • Partner with the industry to optimize branding and build public awareness about horse racing
  • Develop new horse-themed lottery and gaming products

OLG is also providing provincial support by sharing its expertise and helping to direct the industry to adopt a Responsible Gambling program and has hired a senior vice president to lead horse racing integration.

Ensuring a strong future for horse racing is a priority for OLG and a key part of modernization. Representatives from the horse racing industry, the Government of Ontario and Crown agencies are working together in support of a more sustainable industry.

Future of OLG Gaming Sites at Racetracks

OLG continues to work closely with racetracks to finalize lease agreements.

OLG has recently finalized leases with Woodbine Entertainment Group for Woodbine Racetrack. Woodbine is the largest racetrack in Ontario with the busiest gaming floor in the province.

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct and management of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect service providers to deliver many of the services related to the day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming.

World’s Best Responsible Gambling Program

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which was ranked number one in the world by the World Lottery Association in 2014.

OLG will also require service providers to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that its procurement process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of its procurement process.

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NIAGARA FALLS ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE RFPQ SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has posted an addendum on the procurement website, MERXTM, which extends the submission deadline for the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ).

The previous deadline for the RFPQ was February 25, 2016. Applicants will now have until March 23, 2016 to provide OLG with RFPQ submissions.

The RFPQ outlines an opportunity to design, build, finance and maintain a new large-scale, high-quality entertainment centre in the City of Niagara Falls.

Through the RFPQ, OLG will pre-qualify proponents that have the required experience, skills and abilities to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the opportunity to build the facility.

OLG is ensuring a fair and competitive procurement process that is conducted within the guidelines mandated by the Government of Ontario. Following the close of the RFPQ, OLG will undertake its due diligence in evaluating the submissions.

OLG expects to release the RFP to pre-qualified proponents in spring 2016.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG SIGNS 20-YEAR CASINO OPERATING AND SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH ONTARIO GAMING EAST LIMITED PARTNERSHIP FOR EAST GAMING BUNDLE ASSETS

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) signs a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA) with Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership (Ontario Gaming East LP). Under the agreement, Ontario Gaming East LP takes over certain day-to-day operations and the assets of the East Gaming Bundle which include OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs, effective today.

On September 9, 2015, OLG announced it had selected Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle. Since then, OLG and Ontario Gaming East LP have been working towards concluding a Transition and Asset Purchase Agreement and entering into the COSA.

OLG has worked with Ontario Gaming East LP to help ensure that transferring employees have a smooth and seamless transition. This includes the requirement for Ontario Gaming East LP to retain transferring employees for a period of no less than 12 months in their current position and geographic location, and to provide eligible employees with benefits and a registered pension plan.

As the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle, Ontario Gaming East LP has the opportunity to build a new gaming and entertainment facility in Belleville.

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 key government services, including health care and education.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG CANCELS RFPQ FOR OTTAWA AREA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is cancelling the Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle.

OLG and the landlord have not been able to finalize a lease for the gaming site at Rideau Carleton Raceway. OLG hopes to reach a commercially viable solution in the near future. A finalized lease for the gaming site is required for OLG to proceed with the procurement process to select a service provider for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle, given that relocation is not possible at this time.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

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OLG ISSUES RFPs FOR NORTH AND SOUTHWEST GAMING BUNDLES

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is continuing its procurement process for land-based gaming by issuing Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to pre-qualified proponents selected to bid on the North and Southwest Gaming Bundles.

The RFPs will enable OLG to select one service provider to run certain day-to-day gaming operations for each Gaming Bundle.

The North Gaming Bundle has five gaming zones. Three gaming zones are currently served by OLG gaming sites: OLG Casino Thunder Bay, OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs and OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie. There is the potential for a new gaming site in each of the other two zones, one in North Bay and one in the Kenora area.

The Southwest Gaming Bundle has six gaming zones, each currently served by an OLG gaming facility:

  • OLG Slots at Western Fair District
  • OLG Slots at Clinton Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Dresden Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Hanover Raceway
  • OLG Slots at Woodstock Raceway
  • OLG Casino Point Edward

To OLG, the integrity of the procurement process is of the utmost importance. Public procurements involve information of a commercially sensitive nature. As a result, details of the RFP documents and names of pre-qualified proponents will not be released while the process is ongoing. Additionally, there will be no further communication about the RFPs for these bundles until the selected service providers are announced. OLG expects to announce the successful service providers in early 2017.

OLG will release the RFPs for remaining Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

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 key government services, including health care and education.

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Backgrounder RFPs for North and Southwest Gaming Bundles

Gaming Bundle Gaming Zone Current OLG Gaming Site Host Community
North N1 OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs Sudbury
N2 OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie Sault Ste. Marie
N3 OLG Casino Thunder Bay Thunder Bay
N4 Proposed new facility Kenora area
N5 Proposed new facility North Bay
Southwest SW3 OLG Slots at Woodstock Raceway Woodstock
SW4 OLG Slots at Western Fair District London
SW5 OLG Slots at Clinton Raceway Central Huron
SW6 OLG Slots at Dresden Raceway Chatham-Kent
SW7 OLG Slots at Hanover Raceway Hanover
SW8 OLG Casino Point Edward Point Edward

For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit: http://about.olg.ca/modernization-project-status-rfp/

OLG’s Modernization

In July 2010, OLG was asked by the Ontario government to complete a comprehensive, strategic review of the lottery distribution network and land-based gaming sites. The review resulted in a report to government called Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced its modernization plan.

OLG is engaging the private sector to help build a new model for lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG’s modernization will expand private sector participation in the industry, which will ensure greater efficiencies because:

  • Service providers will be able to focus on delivering certain day-to-day operations, while OLG maintains control and accountability
  • Most capital costs of expanding, improving and maintaining gaming facilities will be taken on by the private sector, not the government

Through modernization, OLG will:

  • Become more customer focused
  • Expand the regulated role of the private sector in the day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming
  • Renew its role in the conduct and management of lottery and gaming

Under section 207 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, only OLG (as an agent of the Province) is permitted to conduct and manage gaming in Ontario. That is why OLG will continue its conduct and manage role and will remain the ‘operating mind’ behind the delivery of gaming and lottery in Ontario.

As service providers take over certain day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage lottery and gaming
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through the service provider, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities

Once modernization is fully implemented, it will provide additional revenue to the Province to support vital services Ontarians rely on, like health care and education. At the same time, Ontario will continue to be a North American leader in responsible gambling, supporting the research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

OLG’s Gaming Procurement Process

Modernization is a significant transformation of a government agency. The plan is ambitious and complex, and modernization is continuing.

OLG’s modernization procurement process will lead to long-term contracts with service providers. OLG needs to ensure proper due diligence in order to select service providers from among the best and most qualified proponents.

Since its initial launch, modernization has evolved in response to further consultation with industry experts through the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) processes, collaboration with municipalities across Ontario and public policy adjustments.

OLG has made significant progress by:

  • Completing an RFI process for lottery and land-based gaming
  • Completing an RFPQ process for lottery and land-based gaming
  • Successfully procuring a service provider for iGaming and launching PlayOLG
  • Launching the revitalization of charitable gaming
  • Launching the Request for Proposals (RFP) process for gaming and for lottery — all while continuing to deliver consistent annual revenue to government and communities

On September 9, 2015, OLG announced it had selected Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle. OLG expects the service provider to take over certain day-to-day operations of OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs in early 2016.

What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

RFPQs help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Interested proponents must also be registered with the AGCO or have submitted an application for registration.

The RFPQ process results in OLG identifying qualified proponents eligible to receive the RFP documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

In the RFP stage, pre-qualified proponents are invited to bid on a specific product or service through a competitive and transparent procurement process. RFPs are only distributed to the proponents that are pre-qualified during the RFPQ stage.

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, subject to municipal and provincial government approvals.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where qualified service providers will be permitted to operate a single gaming facility. The location and design of these Gaming Zones is intended to ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of Gaming Zones across the province were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone relative to other Gaming Zones and gaming facilities
  • Proximity of a Gaming Zone to current and potential customers
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to operate and possibly expand the existing facility, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility is permitted within each Gaming Zone.

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG grouped some Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, potential proponents have been asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region.

There are currently seven Gaming Bundles in Ontario: Ottawa Area, East Gaming Bundle, North Gaming Bundle, Southwest Gaming Bundle, West GTA Gaming Bundle, Central Gaming Bundle, GTA Gaming Bundle.

What are the next steps for the remaining Gaming Bundles?

OLG expects to release RFPs for additional Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

Interested proponents who pre-qualified through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider for the applicable Gaming Bundle will be selected from this group.

Communities and OLG’s Modernization

Municipal and community choice is an important element of OLG’s modernization. OLG will only locate gaming facilities where there is support to do so from the municipal council or the council of the band of a First Nation. OLG has always been clear that it will respect the decision of a municipality or council of the band regarding hosting a new gaming site or expanding an existing one.

When it comes to gaming facilities, OLG’s approach to potential and current host municipalities and host reserves across Ontario has been consistent.

The municipal council or council of the band must pass a resolution confirming their interest in hosting a gaming facility.

Where a municipal council or council of the band has included conditions as part of its resolution for gaming in its community, such as restrictions on the movement or expansion of a gaming site, OLG will ensure service providers are aware of such conditions during the RFP phase of the procurement process.

OLG then works with the municipal council or the council of the band and the selected service provider to determine the location of a new gaming site, if one is proposed and permitted.

As has always been the case, adding table games at a gaming site that currently has none, relocating a current gaming site or building a new gaming site can only occur where there is municipal or band council consent and a viable business case put forth by a service provider, which is subsequently approved by OLG.

Any new gaming site, introduction of table games at a gaming site that currently has none, or the proposed relocation of an existing gaming site, is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

Horse Racing Integration

OLG is working with the horse racing industry and the Ontario government to build the foundation for a sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Horse racing integration is part of modernization and is included in OLG’s mandate from the Ontario government.

OLG is working with the horse racing industry to:

  • Create a business model for integration that is focused on stability
  • Provide advice to the government and support legislative changes
  • Partner with the industry to optimize branding and build public awareness about horse racing
  • Develop, review and assess new horse-themed lottery and gaming products

OLG is also providing provincial support by sharing its expertise and helping to direct the industry to adopt a Responsible Gambling program and has hired a senior vice president to lead horse racing integration.

Ensuring a strong future for horse racing is a priority for OLG and a key part of modernization. Representatives from the horse racing industry, the Government of Ontario and Crown agencies are working together in support of a sustainable industry.

OLG has also included horse racing criteria into the RFPs for the North and Southwest Gaming Bundles.

Future of OLG Gaming Sites at Racetracks

OLG continues to work closely with racetracks to finalize lease agreements.

OLG has recently finalized two long-term leases with Woodbine Entertainment Group for Woodbine Racetrack. Woodbine is the largest racetrack in Ontario with the busiest gaming floor in the province.

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct and management of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect service providers to deliver many of the services related to the day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming.

World’s Best Responsible Gambling Program

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which was ranked number one in the world by the World Lottery Association in 2014.

OLG will also require service providers to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that its procurement process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of its procurement process.

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LOTTARIO IS NOW ENHANCED WITH A FASTER GROWING JACKPOT, NEW PRIZES AND BETTER ODDS

Toronto, ON – A faster growing jackpot, new prizes and better overall odds of winning are in store for LOTTARIO, Ontario’s longest running lottery game. The first draw of the improved LOTTARIO will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

LOTTARIO, sold only in Ontario, has been creating local winners in the province since 1978,” said Wendy Montgomery, OLG Vice President, Lottery Marketing & Sales. “A faster growing jackpot and more prizes means there has never been a better time to play LOTTARIO!”

In addition to a faster growing jackpot, LOTTARIO offers other great enhancements!

  • Better Odds: The overall odds of winning any prize improve from 1 in 20.89 to just 1 in 5.8.
  • New $30 Prize: A new $30 prize for matching 4 numbers plus the bonus number.
  • New $5 Prize: A new $5 prize for matching 3 numbers plus the bonus number.
  • Free Play: A new Free Play prize for matching the bonus number.

All of these improvements are offered at the same value players expect – LOTTARIO remains priced at $1 for two lines of numbers.

How to Play:

  • Choose six numbers from 1 to 45 or ask your lottery retailer for a Quick Pick.
  • Match six of six numbers to win the jackpot.
  • Draws take place every Saturday.
  • Tickets purchased before midnight (Eastern Time) on Friday are eligible for the Early Bird draw, featuring a $50,000 prize.
  • Tickets are sold until 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on draw night.

For more information about LOTTARIO, please visit olg.ca and click on Lotteries.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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ON CLOUD 6/49: RECORD-HIGH $64 MILLION LOTTO 6/49 JACKPOT THE BIGGEST IN CANADIAN HISTORY

Toronto, ON –Cloud 6/49 has soared to new, uncharted heights! For the first-time ever, Saturday’s LOTTO 6/49 jackpot will reach a record-high estimated $64 Million plus the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw.

“This Saturday’s LOTTO 6/49 jackpot is the biggest-ever offered in Canada!” says Wendy Montgomery, Vice President of Lottery Marketing & Sales at Ontario Lottery and Gaming. “With a $64 Million jackpot up for grabs, LOTTO 6/49 players can really dream BIG!”

LOTTO 6/49 has been busy making dreams come true since its launch 33 years ago:

  • Previously, the largest LOTTO 6/49 jackpot ever offered was $63,413,885 for the April 13, 2013 draw. The jackpot was shared between four winning tickets – three sold in British Columbia and one sold in Western Canada.
  • A LOTTO 6/49 jackpot was last won on September 5, 2015. The amount was $7 million. Since then the jackpot has rolled over 11 times.
  • A LOTTO 6/49 jackpot greater than $30 Million has been won 35 times.
  • Lucky sevens? The top number sequence chosen by LOTTO 6/49 players is 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42.
  • The most frequently drawn numbers for LOTTO 6/49 are 31, 45 and 40.
  • LOTTO MAX recently made headlines by offering and awarding a huge $60 Million jackpot for the September 25, 2015 draw.

Since LOTTO 6/49 was launched in June 1982, Ontario players have won more than $10.9 billion in prize money, including 1,313 jackpot wins. As of October 10, 2015 there have been 3,310 LOTTO 6/49 draws. For more information, please visit olg.ca and click on Lotteries.

Players can purchase a LOTTO 6/49 ticket at authorized OLG retailers until 10:30 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015 for the draw that evening.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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RFPQ FOR GTA GAMING BUNDLE CLOSES

TORONTO, ON – Today, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) marks the close of the GTA Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) — the final RFPQ in OLG’s modernization procurement process.

OLG will now undertake its due diligence in evaluating the RFPQ submissions. From the submissions, OLG will select the proponents eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) document for the Gaming Bundle.

To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance. Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

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 key government services, including health care and education.

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OLG SELECTS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR EAST GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – Following a competitive procurement process, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership (“Ontario Gaming East LP”) as the service provider for Gaming Bundle 2 (East) (the “East Gaming Bundle”). Great Canadian Gaming Corporation holds the majority interest in Ontario Gaming East LP.

“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in OLG’s modernization and the future of our organization,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “As the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle, the investments Ontario Gaming East LP will make will help move modernization forward while ensuring we continue to deliver an exceptional experience for our customers.”

OLG has entered into a Transition and Asset Purchase Agreement with Ontario Gaming East LP, which sets out the customary closing conditions to be satisfied for OLG and Ontario Gaming East LP to enter into a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement. Under this agreement, Ontario Gaming East LP will take over day-to-day operations of OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs. OLG expects this transition to take place in early 2016.

“We thank OLG for the opportunity to participate in the modernization of gaming in Ontario and are both honoured and excited to have been awarded this first gaming bundle,” stated Rod N. Baker, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Great Canadian has been involved in gaming in Canada since 1982 and in Ontario horse racing at our Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs properties since 2005. We look forward to this next chapter in the Company’s history and the opportunity to collaborate with the OLG and local municipalities to provide exciting entertainment experiences for each of the communities of the East Gaming Bundle, which will include a new gaming and entertainment facility for the community of Belleville or Quinte West. We are very excited to welcome OLG employees at the existing locations and we look forward to working with them after the anticipated completion of the acquisition early next year.”

OLG employees will transfer to the new service provider and OLG will work with Ontario Gaming East LP to ensure they have as smooth and seamless a transition as possible. This includes a requirement for the service provider to retain employees for a period of no less than 12 months in their current position and geographic location, and to provide eligible employees with benefits and a registered pension plan.

As the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle, Ontario Gaming East LP will have the opportunity to build a new gaming and entertainment facility in Belleville or Quinte West. The proposed new facility will be subject to required regulatory, municipal and provincial government approvals.

While Ontario Gaming East LP will be responsible for the day-to-day gaming operations in the bundle, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage gaming in the bundle
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through the service provider, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities

Ontario Gaming East LP is required to follow all applicable laws, as well as OLG and AGCO regulations and rigorous Responsible Gambling standards.

To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance. Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

The majority interest holder of Ontario Gaming East LP, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, operates gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Washington State. The Company’s 16 gaming properties consist of three community gaming centres, four racetracks (two with casinos operated by the Company and two with slot facilities conducted, managed and currently operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation), and nine casinos, including one with a Four Diamond resort hotel. Further information is available on the Company’s website, www.gcgaming.com.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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BACKGROUNDER SERVICE PROVIDER FOR THE EAST GAMING BUNDLE

OLG is continuing its procurement process to modernize lottery and gaming in Ontario by selecting Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership (“Ontario Gaming East LP”) as the service provider for Gaming Bundle 2 (East) (the “East Gaming Bundle”). Great Canadian Gaming Corporation holds the majority interest in Ontario Gaming East LP.

OLG has entered into a Transition and Asset Purchase Agreement with Ontario Gaming East LP, which sets out the customary closing conditions to be satisfied for OLG and Ontario Gaming East LP to enter into a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement.

Under this agreement, Ontario Gaming East LP will take over day-to-day operations of OLG Casino Thousand Islands and OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs. OLG expects this transition to take place in early 2016.

As the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle, Ontario Gaming East LP will have the opportunity to build a new gaming and entertainment facility in Belleville or Quinte West. The proposed new facility will be subject to required regulatory, municipal and provincial government approvals.

Gaming Zone Current OLG Gaming Site Host Community
E1 OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs Cavan-Monaghan
E2 Proposed new sited Belleville or Quinte West
E3 OLG Casino Thousand Islands Gananoque and Leeds and the Thousand Islands

For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit:http://about.olg.ca/modernization-project-status-rfp/

What is the Casino Operating and Services Agreement?

Currently, OLG and Ontario Gaming East LP are operating under a temporary transitional agreement that allows the two parties to work together to share knowledge and help position Ontario Gaming East LP for success. This transition period is expected to end in early 2016.

Once the transition is complete, OLG and Ontario Gaming East LP will sign the Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA). This contract finalizes Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the bundle and allows it to assume responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the sites.

Ontario Gaming East LP is the service provider for the bundle, subject to customary closing conditions and pending the execution of the COSA.

OLG’s Modernization

In July 2010, OLG was asked by the Ontario government to complete a comprehensive, strategic review of the lottery distribution network and land-based gaming sites. The review resulted in a report to government called Modernizing Lottery and Gaming in Ontario. In March 2012, OLG announced its modernization plan.

OLG is engaging the private sector to help build a new model for lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG’s modernization will expand private sector participation in the industry, which will ensure greater efficiencies because:

  • Service providers will be able to focus on delivering day-to-day operations, while OLG maintains control and accountability
  • Capital costs of expanding, improving or maintaining gaming facilities will be taken on by the private sector, not the government

Through modernization, OLG will:

  • Become more customer focused
  • Expand the regulated role of the private sector in the day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming
  • Renew its role in the conduct and management of lottery and gaming

Under section 207 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, only OLG is permitted to conduct and manage gaming in Ontario. That is why OLG will continue its conduct and manage role and will remain the ‘operating mind’ behind the delivery of gaming and lottery in Ontario.

As service providers take over day-to-day operations of lottery and gaming, OLG will continue to:

  • Conduct and manage gaming in the bundle
  • Require compliance with applicable regulations set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Uphold the standards of its Responsible Gambling program through the service provider, including the self-exclusion program
  • Distribute Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities.

Once modernization is fully implemented, it will provide additional revenue to the Province to support vital services Ontarians rely on, like health care and education. At the same time, Ontario will continue to be a North American leader in responsible gambling, supporting the research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

OLG’s Gaming Procurement Process

Modernization is a significant transformation of a government agency. The plan is ambitious and complex, and modernization is continuing.

OLG’s modernization procurement process will lead to long-term contracts with service providers. OLG needs to ensure proper due diligence in order to select service providers from among the best and most qualified proponents.

Since its initial launch, modernization has evolved in response to further consultation with industry experts through the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) processes, collaboration with municipalities across Ontario and public policy adjustments.

OLG has made significant progress by:

  • Completing an RFI process for lottery and land-based gaming
  • Completing an RFPQ process for lottery and is in the final stages of the RFPQ process for land-based gaming
  • Successfully procuring a service provider for iGaming and launching PlayOLG
  • Launching the revitalization of charitable gaming
  • Launching the Request for Proposals (RFP) process for gaming and for lottery — all while continuing to deliver consistent annual revenue to government and communities.

What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

RFPQs help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Interested proponents are asked to submit information on their financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, the proponents must provide information on business and other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First Nations communities.

Interested proponents must also have submitted an application for registration with the AGCO.

The RFPQ process results in OLG identifying qualified proponents eligible to receive the RFP documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

In the RFP stage, pre-qualified proponents are invited to bid on a specific product or service through a competitive and transparent procurement process. RFPs are only distributed to the proponents that are pre-qualified during the RFPQ stage.

The RFP process resulted in OLG selecting Ontario Gaming East LP as the service provider for the East Gaming Bundle, subject to customary closing conditions and pending the execution of the COSA.

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, subject to municipal and provincial government approvals.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where qualified service providers will be permitted to operate a single gaming facility. The design of these Gaming Zones is intended to manage competition between facilities and ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of Gaming Zones across the province were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is maximum customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a gaming site to other gaming facilities
  • Proximity of a gaming site to current and potential customers
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to operate and possibly expand the existing facility, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility is permitted within each zone.

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG grouped some Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, service providers have been asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region. Gaming Bundles will not result in the merging of current or proposed facilities, or of proposed Gaming Zones.

There are seven Gaming Bundles in Ontario: Ottawa Area, East Gaming Bundle, North Gaming Bundle, Southwest Gaming Bundle, West GTA Gaming Bundle, Central Gaming Bundle, GTA Gaming Bundle.

What are the next steps for the remaining Gaming Bundles?

OLG expects to release RFPs for additional Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

OLG is taking what it has learned through the East Gaming Bundle procurement process and applying it to the remaining Gaming Bundles.

Interested service providers who pre-qualified through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider for the applicable Gaming Bundle will be selected from this group.

Municipal Choice and OLG’s Modernization

Municipal choice is an important element of OLG’s modernization. OLG will only locate gaming facilities where there is municipal support to do so. OLG has always been clear that it will respect a municipality’s decision regarding hosting an existing gaming site, a new site or expanding an existing one.

When it comes to gaming facilities, OLG’s approach to potential and current host municipalities across Ontario has been consistent. That approach has three steps:

  • Municipalities must pass a resolution confirming their interest in hosting a gaming facility.
  • OLG then chooses a service provider through a fair and competitive procurement process. Where a municipality has included conditions as part of its resolution for gaming in its community, such as restrictions on the movement or expansion of a gaming site, OLG will ensure service providers are aware of such conditions during the RFP phase of the procurement process.
  • OLG then works with the municipality and the selected service provider to determine the location of a new site, if one is proposed.

As has always been the case, adding table games at a gaming site that currently has none, relocating a current gaming site or building a new gaming site can only occur where there is municipal consent and a viable business case put forth by a service provider, which is subsequently approved by OLG.

Any new facility, introduction of table games at a gaming site that currently has none, or the proposed relocation of an existing gaming site, is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

Horse Racing Integration

OLG is working with the horse racing industry and the Ontario government to build the foundation for a sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Integration is part of modernization and is included in OLG’s mandate from the Ontario government.

In February 2015, OLG participated in a horse racing stakeholder meeting hosted by the Ministry of Finance during which all parties restated their commitment to integration. Since then, meetings have been taking place regularly to deepen the relationships between OLG and the industry while beginning to build a collaborative plan for integration.

OLG is working with the industry to:

  • Create a business model for integration that is focused on stability
  • Provide advice to the government and supporting future legislative changes
  • Partner with the industry to optimize branding and build public awareness about horse racing
  • Develop, review and assess new horse-themed lottery and gaming products

OLG is also providing provincial support by sharing its expertise and helping to direct the industry to adopt a Responsible Gambling program and has hired a senior vice president to lead horse racing integration.

Ensuring a strong future for horse racing is a priority for OLG and a key part of modernization. For the first time, representatives from the horse racing industry, the Government of Ontario and Crown agencies are working together in support of a sustainable industry.

As the racetrack operator of Georgian Downs and Flamboro Downs since 2005 and a member of the Standardbred Alliance, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation will continue to work with the horse racing industry and OLG on integration.

OLG continues to work closely with racetracks to finalize lease agreements.

OLG has recently finalized two long-term leases with Woodbine Entertainment Group for Woodbine Racetrack. Woodbine is the largest racetrack in Ontario with the busiest gaming floor in the province.

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct and management of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect service providers to deliver many of the services related to the day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming.

World’s Best Responsible Gambling Program

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which was ranked number one in the world by the World Lottery Association in 2014.

OLG will also require service providers to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that its process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of its procurement process.

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TICKET WORTH $10,000 UNCLAIMED IN MARKHAM

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim a DAILY KENO prize worth $10,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Markham. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Sunday, September 7, 2014 DAILY KENO (EVENING) draw were 5 – 7 – 12 – 14 – 16 – 23 – 33 – 35 – 36 – 42 – 43 – 44 – 46 – 50 – 52 – 55 – 61 – 62 – 65 – 70.

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 Monday, September 7, 2015.

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 e-mailed 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 a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG POSTS REVISED GTA GAMING BUNDLE RFPQ

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has posted a revised GTA Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) on the procurement website, MERXTM.

The revised RFPQ document states that OLG has reached two long-term lease agreements with Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), each for terms of 22 years (subject to Planning Act approval). The first is a long-term racetrack lease that applies to OLG’s current gaming site at Woodbine Racetrack in Gaming Zone C2. The second is a long-term ground lease that will allow the selected service provider to develop a predetermined number of acres owned by WEG for gaming and non-gaming purposes. The leases reflect Woodbine Racetrack’s prominence in the horse racing industry in both Ontario and in North America.

“This is a significant milestone in OLG’s modernization progress in a key market for Ontario. It will help OLG achieve its modernization objectives, which include job creation, new capital investment and increased revenue for the Province of Ontario,” said Stephen Rigby, President and Chief Executive Officer, OLG.

“Today is an important day for Woodbine Entertainment Group. These leases will allow us to continue to contribute to the vibrancy of the horse racing business and the economic benefits it generates for the Province and the thousands of people it employs,” said Jim Lawson, Chief Executive Officer, Woodbine Entertainment Group.

The selected service provider will be required to sign both long-term leases as a condition of closing when it assumes operation of the gaming sites in the GTA Gaming Bundle. The long-term lease agreements will be made available to pre-qualified proponents during the RFP process.

The leases represent an important step forward for OLG as it works in partnership with the industry to integrate horse racing and gaming. The leases also contribute to a sustainable and competitive horse racing industry. Broader discussions with the industry continue on all aspects of integration. “The work we are doing, in partnership with OLG, is about taking many positive steps forward to integrate horseracing into the gaming strategy across Ontario,” said Sue Leslie, President, Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association.

To ensure proponents have time to properly prepare submissions based on the revised RFPQ, OLG is also extending the deadline for submissions to September 10, 2015.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

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 key government services, including health care and education.

For more information on OLG’s integration of horse racing, visit ModernOLG.ca.

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OLG MAKES FIRST-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST MUNICIPALITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued first-quarter (April to June, 2015) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling $33,993,636 to 22 municipalities which currently host OLG facilities. To date, host municipalities have received more than $1.1 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.

“OLG gaming sites generate funds that allow host municipalities to invest in local priorities and infrastructure,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance. “Important public services like health care and education directly benefit from these gaming revenues in the province of Ontario.”

These payments are made under an equitable formula in the Municipality Contribution Agreement that determines the fee municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility and are based on an escalating 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 2015-2016, 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 2015-2016 is $38 million.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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TICKET WORTH $100,000 UNCLAIMED IN BRAMPTON

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – ONTARIO 49 prize worth $100,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Brampton. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Saturday, July 26, 2014 ENCORE – ONTARIO 49 draw were 8 – 6 – 4 – 4 – 7 – 7 – 1. 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 Monday, July 27, 2015.

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 e-mailed 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.

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CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES IN RICHMOND HILL

TORONTO – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), together with the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA) and Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario (CGAO), have made further progress in the revitalization of charitable bingo and gaming in Richmond Hill with the introduction of new electronic bingo games.

The goal of this revitalization is to ensure local charities have a viable way to fundraise; to support local programs; to enhance local charitable operations; to support local employment at the gaming centres; and to offer customers a new entertainment experience.

“We are pleased to partner with Bingo World to improve the bingo and gaming experience for our players,” said Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming at OLG. “In addition to providing the bingo hall with new opportunities, this initiative also supports more than 30 local charities–organizations that provide vital services and supports in the community.”

Bingo World now offers customers the choice of new electronic bingo-themed games or the traditional paper-based games that have been played at bingo centres for years.

“Adding new electronic products to our traditional paper-based games enables us to revitalize the charitable gaming industry and with the goal being to provide a sustainable source of revenue for our associated charities to continue their important work in Richmond Hill,” said Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

The introduction of these new electronic bingo devices follows a successful 2005 pilot program which introduced electronic bingo at six sites in five communities throughout the province which resulted in a significant increase of revenue raised for local communities. Since the launch of the pilot program, more than $87 million in additional funds have been raised for Ontario charities.

More charitable gaming centres across the province will complete their revitalization in the coming months.

Backgrounder Charitable Gaming in Ontario

OLG is working closely 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 will invigorate the traditional charitable gaming experience, more money will be generated for thousands of local charities across the province. The revitalization initiative is intended to preserve and enhance funding for charities across Ontario while creating economic benefits, including employment opportunities, at local charitable gaming centres.

OLG introduced a pilot program in 2005 to test electronic versions of existing paper-based bingo games to six charity bingo centres in five communities in Ontario. These pilot centres in Barrie, Kingston, Peterborough, Sudbury and Windsor have since raised $87 million in additional money for local charities.

Following the success of this pilot project, OLG began a phased rollout of a new suite of electronic games to other charitable gaming sites in the province. This new suite of charitable games offers customers more choice and complements existing paper bingo games. Offerings include:

  • 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, be more competitive and appeal to a broader demographic, while providing a different gaming entertainment experience from traditional paper-based bingo.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENTS KIRSTEN MOORE-TOWERS AND STEVE VAN KNOTSENBURG TO CARRY PAN AM TORCH THROUGH ST. CATHARINES

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Kirsten Moore-Towers and Steve van Knotsenburg who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Kirsten is a Canadian pair skater. With former partner Dylan Moscovitch, she was the 2013 Four Continents silver medalist, 2014 Olympic team event silver medalist, and 2011 Canadian national champion.

Steve is a Canadian rower from Beamsville, Ontario. He won a silver medal at the 2009 World Rowing Championships. Steve also won silver and gold medals in the 2011 Pan American Games men’s eight and coxless pairs respectively.

Kirsten and Steve are recipients of Quest for Gold funding.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Kirsten and Steve will carry the Pan Am flame through St. Catharines on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

The torch relay started in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey shares the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENT CHRISTINE NESBITT TO CARRY PAN AM TORCH THROUGH LONDON

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Christine Nesbitt who was selected to be a Pan Am torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Christine is a retired Canadian long track speed skater. She won the gold medal in the 1000 metres event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. She had previously won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She is also the 2011 sprint champion, 2012 1500 metres world champion, three-time world champion for 1000 metres (2009, 2011, 2012), and three-time world champion for team pursuit (2007, 2009, 2011). On June 4, 2015 she announced her retirement.

Christine is a recipient of Quest for Gold funding.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Christine will carry the Pan Am flame through London on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at London’s Victoria Park at 509 Clarence Street. The flame will arrive at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the flame’s arrival.

The torch relay started in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey shares the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENT JOSH VANDER VIES TO CARRY PAN AM TORCH THROUGH SARNIA

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Josh Vander Vies who was selected to be a Pan Am torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Josh Vander Vies competed in the Athens 2004 Paralympics in the sport of Boccia. He won a bronze medal at the 2011 Parapan Amercian Games. He also earned two silver medals and one bronze medal from the 2005 and 2009 Americas Cup.

Josh is a recipient of Quest for Gold funding.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Josh will carry the Pan Am flame through Sarnia on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at Windsor City Hall at 350 City Hall Square West. The flame will arrive at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the flame’s arrival.

The torch relay started in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey shares the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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TICKET WORTH $100,000 UNCLAIMED IN BOWMANVILLE

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTO MAX prize worth $100,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Bowmanville. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Friday, June 27, 2014 ENCORE – LOTTO MAX draw were 5 – 5 – 5 – 2 – 8 – 7 – 8. Players must match the last six of the seven numbers drawn in exact order to win the $100,000prize.

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 Monday, June 29, 2015.

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 e-mailed 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 a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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TICKET WORTH $100,000 UNCLAIMED IN MISSISSAUGA

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTO 6/49 prize worth $100,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Mississauga. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Wednesday, June 25, 2014 ENCORE – LOTTO 6/49 draw were 5 – 7 – 6 – 1 – 3 – 5 – 4. 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 Thursday, June 25, 2015.

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 e-mailed 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 a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENTS CONNOR MCCONVEY AND SHELBY HEYD TO CARRY PAN AM TORCH THROUGH INNISFIL AND KATIE FARROW TO CARRY PAN AM TORCH THROUGH COLLINGWOOD

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Connor McConvey, Shelby Heyd and Katie Farrow, who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Connor is a long track speed skater, Shelby is a softball senior outfielder, and Katie is an alpine skier.

Shelby is a recipient of Quest for Gold funding while Connor and Katie are past recipients.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Connor and Shelby will carry the Pan Am flame through Innisfil on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Katie will carry the Pan Am flame through Collingwood on the same day.

The torch relay started in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey shares the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENTS LAREN MCEWAN TO CARRY PAN AM TORCH THROUGH PENETANGUISHINE AND MITCHELL ISLAM TO CARRY PAN AM TORCH THROUGH BARRIE

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Lauren McEwan and Mitchell Islam who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Lauren is a rugby player and a member of Canada’s U-20 team.

Mitchell is a figure skater. In 2010, Mitchell and his partner Alexandra Paul claimed the silver medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Mitchell is a recipient of Quest for Gold funding while Lauren is a past recipient.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Lauren will carry the Pan Am flame through Penetanguishine on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Mitchell will carry the Pan Am flame through Barrie later that same day.

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier Street in Barrie. The flame is scheduled to arrive at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the flame’s arrival.

The torch relay started in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey shares the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENT ANDREW FAGAN TO CARRY PAN AM TORCH THROUGH AJAX

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Andrew Fagan who was selected to be a Pan Am torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Dr. Andrew Fagan is a member of the Canadian Compound Archery Team. He has competed at the Pan American Championships, the FITA Archery World Cup circuit, and the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Andrew is a recipient of Quest for Gold funding.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Andrew will carry the Pan Am flame through Ajax on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at the Audley Recreation Centre at 1955 Audley Road in Ajax. The flame will arrive at 5 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the flame’s arrival.

The torch relay started in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey shares the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENTS BRAXTON STONE-PAPADOPOULOS AND JUSTIN BARNES TO CARRY PAN AM TORCH THROUGH OSHAWA

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos and Justine Barnes who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Braxton is multi-medal winning wrestler. Her wins include a 2013 Pan American Games bronze medal and a 2014 bronze medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Justin is passionate about sailing. At 17, he joined the High Performance team at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.

Braxton and Justin are both recipients of Quest for Gold funding.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Braxton and Justin will carry the Pan Am flame through Oshawa on Friday, June 5, 2015.

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at Oshawa Town Hall at 50 Centre Street South. The flame will arrive at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the flame’s arrival.

The torch relay started in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey shares the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENT CHERYL COPSON TO REPRESENT PETERBOROUGH AS PAN AM TORCHBEARER

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Cheryl Copson who was selected to be a Pan Am torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Cheryl will carry the Pan Am flame through Peterborough on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

Cheryl has been a rower since 2005. She has represented Ontario at the Canada Summer Games and the Under 23 World Rowing Championships.

Cheryl is also a past recipient of Quest for Gold funding.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at Del Crary Park at 100 George Street North in Peterborough on Thursday, June 4, 2015. The flame will arrive at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the arrival of the flame.

The torch relay started in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey shares the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and makes its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENTS JORDON MINO AND ROBERT SHAW TO REPRESENT NORTH BAY AS PAN AM TORCHBEARERS

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Jordan Mino and Robert Shaw who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Jordan Mino is a Sledge Hockey player from North Bay. He plays for North Bay Ice Breakers and Sledge Team Ontario.

A talented tennis player, Robert Shaw is an up-and-comer to look out for in the Canadian wheelchair tennis landscape.

Jordan is a recipient of Quest for Gold funding and Robert is a past recipient.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Jordan and Robert will carry the Pan Am flame through North Bay on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at River Mill Park in Huntsville. The flame will arrive at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the flame’s arrival.

The torch relay started in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey shares the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENT REBECCA JOHNSTON TO REPRESENT SUDBURY AS PAN AM TORCHBEARER

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Rebecca Johnston who was selected to be a Pan Am torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Rebecca will carry the Pan Am flame through Sudbury on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Rebecca has been a member of Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team since 2007. She is a two-time Olympic Gold Medallist. Rebecca is also a recipient of Quest for Gold funding.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Sudbury on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The flame will arrive at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the arrival of the flame.

The torch relay will start in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey will share the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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COMING SOON: EXTENDED TIME TO PLAY LOTTERY TICKET PURCHASE CUTOFF CHANGING TO 10:30 P.M.

TORONTO, ON – Starting Monday July 13, 2015, lottery customers will have more time in the evening to buy an OLG ticket for a draw to be held the same night. The cut-off time to purchase a ticket for a draw the same night will move to 10:30 p.m. from 9:00 p.m.

The change applies to all OLG evening lottery draw games including the national big lotto games LOTTO MAX and LOTTO 6/49, as well as all Ontario regional games such as ONTARIO 49, LOTTARIO, and ENCORE.

With the later time to buy tickets, the times at which draws are held and winning numbers are announced will also occur later. Winning numbers and prize information will still be released as quickly as possible, and players will still be able to validate tickets early the next day.

The later time to buy a ticket for a draw the same night applies to all OLG games with evening draws. There’s no change to the 2:00 p.m. cut-off for ticket purchases on mid-day draws. To ensure players are aware of the change, notices and information about the later times began June 1 through messages printed on tickets, at lottery retailers and on OLG websites.

Ontario lottery players can also purchase tickets online for LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49 and ENCORE by registering with OLG’s Internet gaming and lottery site Playolg.ca.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENTS ROSIE MACLENNAN, ZSOFIA BALAZS AND MANUEL APARICIO TO REPRESENT TORONTO AS PAN AM TORCHBEARERS

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Rosie MacLennan, Zsofia Balazs and Manuel Aparicio of Toronto, who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Rosie is an Olympic and Pan Am Gold medal trampoline gymnast. Rosie will be the first TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torchbearer to carry the flame on Canadian soil when the Pan Am Torch Relay kicks off at Harbourfront on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Also carrying the flame on Saturday will be Zsofia Balazs, a distance swimmer who won a silver medal in the 2007 Pan Am Games in Brazil. Zofia and Rosie will be joined by Manuel Aparicio who is a soccer player with Toronto FC.

Rosie and Manuel are recipients of Quest for Gold funding and Zsofia is a past recipient.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Rosie, Zsofia and Manuel will carry the Pan Am flame through Toronto on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at Trinity Square at Distillery District in Toronto. The flame will arrive at 5 p.m.

The torch relay will start in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey will share the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENTS BRAD JACOBS, E.J. AND RYAN HARNDEN AND MAC AND B.J. MARCOUX TO REPRESENT SAULT STE. MARIE AS PAN AM TORCHBEARERS

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Brad Jacobs, E.J. and Ryan Harnden and Mac and B.J. Marcoux who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Brad, Ryan and E.J. are all members of Team Jacobs, an Olympic Gold Medal winning team from Sault Ste. Marie. The team competes in the sport of curling. E.J. is also an OLG employee.

Mac is a Canadian Paralympic Alpine skier and his older brother, B.J. is Mac’s guide.

Brad, E.J., Ryan, Mac and B.J. have all received Quest for Gold funding.

The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.

“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”

Brad, E.J., Ryan, Mac and B.J. will carry the Pan Am flame through Sault Ste. Marie on Monday, June 1, 2015.

Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion, 65 Foster Drive in Sault Ste. Marie. The flame is scheduled to arrive at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the flame’s arrival. The torch relay will start in Canada on May 30, 2015.

The 41-day journey will share the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES IN TORONTO

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), together with the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA) and Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario (CGAO) have made further progress in the revitalization of charitable bingo and gaming in Toronto with the introduction of new electronic games.

The goal of this revitalization is to ensure local charities have a viable way to fundraise; to support local programs; to enhance local charitable operations and support local employment at the gaming centres; and to offer customers a new entertainment experience.

“We are pleased to partner with Dolphin Bingo to enhance the bingo and gaming experience for our players,” said Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming at OLG. “In addition to providing the bingo hall with new opportunities this initiative also supports more than 40 local charities, organizations that provide vital services and supports in the community.”

Dolphin Bingo now offers customers the choice of new electronic games or the traditional paper-based games that have been played at bingo centres for years.

“Adding new electronic products to our traditional paper-based games enables us to revitalize the charitable gaming industry and with the goal being to provide a sustainable source of revenue for our associated charities to continue their important work in Toronto,” said Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

The introduction of these new devices follows a successful 2005 pilot program which introduced e-bingo at six sites in five communities throughout the province. The pilot program resulted in a significant increase in revenue raised for local communities. Since the launch of the pilot program, more than $85 million in additional funds has been raised for Ontario charities.

More charitable gaming centres across the province will complete their revitalization in the coming months.

Backgrounder Charitable Gaming in Ontario

OLG is working closely 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 will invigorate the traditional charitable gaming experience, more money will be generated for thousands of local charities across the province. The revitalization initiative is intended to preserve and enhance funding for charities across Ontario while creating economic benefits, including employment opportunities, at local charitable gaming centres.

OLG introduced a pilot program in 2005 to test electronic versions of existing paper-based bingo games to six charity bingo centres in five communities in Ontario. These pilot centres in Barrie, Kingston, Peterborough, Sudbury and Windsor have since raised $85 million in additional money for local charities.

Following the success of this pilot project, OLG began a phased rollout of a new suite of electronic games to other charitable gaming sites in the province. This new suite of charitable games offers customers more choice and complements existing paper bingo games.Offerings include:

  • 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, be more competitive and appeal to a broader demographic, while providing a different gaming entertainment experience from traditional bingo and casinos.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF WINTARIO WITH SUPPORT FOR LOCAL CHARITIES AND TORONTO 2015 PAN AM GAMES TORCH RELAY

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of WINTARIO – Ontario’s first provincial lottery game. The anniversary was marked with a celebration today at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square where OLG previewed its support of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Torch Relay and introduced the “All for Community Challenge” initiative, which builds on WINTARIO’s legacy of support in local communities throughout the province.

The first WINTARIO lottery draw was broadcast live on TV on May 15, 1975 from the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. As part of today’s celebration, former WINTARIO host Faye Dance shared memories of her time travelling across Ontario with the live broadcast. For 22 years, WINTARIO held its draws across the province, in big cities, small towns and even smaller villages, giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars in lottery prizes and creating great legacies in each of those communities. Faye highlighted the important contributions WINTARIO grants made in communities such as the building of recreation centres, arenas and art galleries.

Today’s WINTARIO celebration was also attended by World Trampoline champion, Olympic and Pan Am gold medallist Rosie MacLennan. Rosie spoke about the importance of supporting amateur athletics in Ontario. Since January 2006, OLG’s Quest for Gold program has provided $93 million in support for Ontario’s amateur athletes and their coaches.

Beginning May 30, 3,000 torchbearers will carry the Pan Am flame that will share the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 communities. OLG will celebrate the torch relay in dozens of those communities with exciting day and evening events. The Pan Am flame will make its final stop July 10, 2015 at the Opening Ceremony of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.

In the proud tradition of WINTARIO, and central to OLG’s support for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, is the “All for Community Challenge” initiative which celebrates the work of local charities throughout Ontario. Select local charities will have an opportunity to vie for a share of $10,000. Just as the torch relay will leave behind indelible memories of the excitement of the games, the “All for Community Challenge” will help local charities create lasting legacies in dozens of communities.

Spectators at today’s WINTARIO celebration were also able to enter a draw for a chance to win one of 20 pairs of tickets to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

For more details on today’s event and to share your experiences, go to Twitter and use the hashtag #allforhere.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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TICKET WORTH $1,000,000 UNCLAIMED IN NORTH BAY REGION

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO 6/49 prize worth $1 million for a ticket sold one year ago in the North Bay region. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning selection for the Saturday, May 24, 2014 LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw was 53089654-01. Players must exactly match the Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection to win the $1 million 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 Monday, May 25, 2015.

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:

  • 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 a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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OLG MAKES FOURTH-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST MUNICIPALITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued fourth-quarter (January to March, 2015) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling $19,170,543 to 22 municipalities which currently host OLG facilities. To date, host municipalities have received more than $1.1 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.

“Revenues from OLG gaming sites allow host municipalities to invest in and upgrade their infrastructure and support various community organizations and initiatives,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance. “The people of Ontario benefit from these gaming revenues through provincial investment in key public services like health care and education.”

These payments are made under an equitable formula in the Municipality Contribution Agreement that determines the funds municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility and are based on an escalating 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 2014-2015, the province allocated $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 2014-2015 was $39 million.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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GTA GAMING BUNDLE RFPQ SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has posted an addendum on the procurement website, MERXTM, which extends the submission deadline for the GTA Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ).

OLG is extending the GTA Gaming Bundle RFPQ while it works with Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on the completion of a long-term lease agreement for OLG’s slots facility at Woodbine Racetrack. The GTA represents a key gaming market that includes a significant amount of horse racing activity in Ontario. Securing a long-term lease with WEG will help contribute to a vibrant and sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario while providing more certainty to the market on OLG’s procurement process.

The previous deadline for the RFPQ was April 30, 2015. Applicants will now have until August 27, 2015 to provide OLG with RFPQ submissions.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

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.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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TICKET WORTH $100,000 UNCLAIMED IN TORONTO

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim a WHEEL OF FORTUNE® LOTTO prize worth $100,000for a ticket sold one year ago in Toronto. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning Lotto words for the Wednesday, April 30, 2014 WHEEL OF FORTUNE® LOTTO draw wereBears, Deer, Donuts, Pine, Shovel and Snowmobile. Players must match all six words drawn 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 Thursday, April 30, 2015.

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:

  • 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 e-mailed 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 a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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OLG A PRESENTING PARTNER OF PAN AM GAMES TORCH RELAY

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as a Presenting Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, would like to congratulate the 33 Ontarians who were recently announced as Pan Am torchbearers.

Through the OLG Pass It ONtario Program, chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across the province were asked to select a local resident to carry the Pan Am torch as it makes its way through their communities. Torchbearer selections were made based on the core characteristics of the Torch Relay: community, celebration, participation and pride.

“OLG would like to thank all of the local chambers and boards for selecting outstanding members of their communities to carry the torch through the OLG Pass It ONtario Program,” said Stephen Rigby, President and CEO of OLG. “We are thrilled to be able to give exceptional people from across the province the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a Pan Am torchbearer and help ignite the spirit of the Pan Am Games. Congratulations, torchbearers.”

The following is a list of the selected torchbearers:

Jack Mallon of Thunder Bay, selected by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce

Joe Ruscio of Sault Ste. Marie, selected by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce

Patricia Mills of Sudbury, selected by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce

John Strang of Astorville, selected by the North Bay Chamber of Commerce

Tim Barrie of Peterborough, selected by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Quipp of Ajax, selected by the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

Dana Smith of Port Perry, selected by the Scugog Chamber of Commerce

Gini Stringer of Orillia, selected by the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce

Craig Busch of Barrie, selected by the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Stovold of Innisfil, selected by the Greater Innisfil Chamber of Commerce

Michelle Seip of Wasaga Beach, selected by the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce

Casey Morrison of Collingwood, selected by the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce

John Grant of Hanover, selected by the Hanover Chamber of Commerce

Colin Tyler of Mississauga, selected by the Mississauga Board of Trade

John DeGroot of Sarnia, selected by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce

Shannon Prince of North Buxton, selected by the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce

Charlotte Loaring of Windsor, selected by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce

David Patchell-Evans of London, selected by the London Chamber of Commerce

Diane Langner of Woodstock, selected by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce

Dr. John Stickney of Fergus, selected by the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Lucy Marco of Brantford, selected by the Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant

Leanne Standryk of Niagara Falls, selected by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Corporal Lloyd Jaundoo of Hamilton, selected by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

Corporal Chris Klodt of Branchtown, selected by the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce

Donna Coulter of Milton, selected by the Milton Chamber of Commerce

Mark Falbo of Woodbridge, selected by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce

Michael Croxon of Newmarket, selected by the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce

Eric Tappenden of Markham, selected by the Markham Board of Trade

Jeff Westeinde of Ottawa, selected by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

Jordan Pridham of Kingston, selected by the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Fred Deacon of Belleville, selected by the Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce

Heather Pereira of Whitby, selected by the Whitby Chamber of Commerce

Doug Tarry of St. Thomas, selected by the St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce

The Torch Relay will start in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey will share the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

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OLG CHOOSES RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR ‘KNOW YOUR LIMIT’ AND PLAYOLG WEBSITES

TORONTO – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is proud to announce that it is choosing renewable energy for its Responsible Gambling website knowyourlimit.ca and its internet gambling website PlayOLG.ca.

This decision builds on OLG’s commitment to sustainability and a reduction of carbon emissions for its operations. Bullfrog Power was selected to be OLG’s provider for this initiative.

“The decision to choose green energy with Bullfrog Power complements OLG’s ongoing commitment to reduce our environmental impact across the organization,” said Paul Pellizzari, Executive Director for Policy and Social Responsibility. “Renewable energy is an important part of our efforts to become a global leader in energy-efficient, environmentally lower-impact gaming.”

OLG chooses green electricity for knowyourlimit.ca, PlayOLG.ca, OLG Casino Brantford, 60 per cent of the electricity used at the LEED-certified OLG Slots at Georgian Downs, as well as its entire network of digital signs. In choosing renewable energy for these websites, facilities and signs, OLG is reducing its carbon footprint by more than 1,200 tonnes each year, as well as reducing the emission of other harmful pollutants that contribute to poor air quality.

“Bullfrog Power’s clean, renewable energy has been part of OLG’s program since 2008,” said Anthony Santilli, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bullfrog Power. “OLG has been a consistent innovator on the environmental front and we’re delighted to be working with them to build on their sustainability efforts.”

The announcement comes at a time when OLG employees and Gaming Sites are participating in WWF Canada’s Earth Hour for the fifth straight year. Participating OLG Gaming Sites will turn off exterior signage and dim all non-essential lights.

“It’s inspiring to see so many OLG employees across the province participate in WWF initiatives including Living Planet @ Work and Earth Hour,” said David Miller, President and CEO of WWF-Canada. “Since the start of our partnership in 2009, OLG has been leading by example, showing how, together, we can harness the power and passion of individuals to help build a sustainable future.”

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CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES IN TIMMINS

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), together with the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA) and Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario (CGAO) have made further progress in the revitalization of charitable bingo and gaming in Timmins with the introduction of new electronic games.

The goal of this revitalization is to ensure local charities have a viable way to fundraise; to support local programs; to enhance local charitable operations and support local employment at the gaming centres; and to offer customers a new entertainment experience.

“We are pleased to partner with Timmins Gaming Centre to enhance the bingo and gaming experience for our players,” said Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming at OLG. “In addition to providing the bingo hall with new opportunities this initiative also supports approximately 60 regional charities, organizations that provide vital services and support in the community.”

Timmins Gaming Centre now offers customers the choice of new electronic games or the traditional paper-based games that have been played at bingo centres for years.

“Adding new electronic products to our traditional paper-based games enables us to revitalize the charitable gaming industry and provide a sustainable source of revenue for our associated charities to continue their important work in Timmins,” said Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

The introduction of these new devices follows a successful 2005 pilot program which introduced e-bingo at six sites in five communities throughout the province which resulted in a significant increase of revenue raised for local communities. Since the launch of the pilot program, $80 million in additional funds has been raised for Ontario charities.

More charitable gaming centres across the province will complete their revitalization in the coming months.

Backgrounder Charitable Gaming in Ontario

OLG is working closely 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 will invigorate the traditional charitable gaming experience, more money is being generated for thousands of local charities across the province. The revitalization initiative is intended to preserve and enhance funding for charities across Ontario while creating economic benefits, including employment opportunities, at local charitable gaming centres.

OLG introduced a pilot program in 2005 to test electronic versions of existing paper-based bingo games to six charity bingo centres in five communities in Ontario. These pilot centres in Barrie, Kingston, Peterborough, Sudbury and Windsor have since raised $80 million in additional money for local charities.

Following the success of this pilot project, OLG began a phased rollout of a new suite of electronic games to other charitable gaming sites in the province. This new suite of charitable games offers customers more choice and complements existing paper bingo games. Offerings include:

  • 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, be more competitive and appeal to a broader demographic, while providing a different gaming entertainment experience from traditional bingo and casinos.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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OLG IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF ONTARIO SCENE

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is pleased to be the exclusive Presenting Partner of Ontario Scene.

Ontario Scene, presented by Canada’s National Arts Centre, is a major national festival showcasing 600 of Ontario’s established and emerging artists. It takes place throughout Ottawa and the National Capital Region from April 29 to May 10, 2015.

With 90 events over 12 days, festival participants will enjoy events in music, theatre, dance, visual and media arts, film, literature, and culinary arts. These events will occur at different venues across Ottawa and Gatineau, Quebec.

“Ontario’s vibrant cultural scene contributes to the vitality of the province,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “Ontario Scene offers a unique way to spotlight Ontario’s world-class artists, from all creative fields, who reflect our rich diversity of talent. OLG is honoured to join the National Arts Centre in celebrating the energy and spirit of Ontario artists as we show the country and the world what Ontario has to offer.”

OLG has a proud tradition of supporting events and festivals that bring people together and strengthen communities. Each year, OLG supports about 250 local events and festivals in communities across Ontario.

Ontario Scene is the seventh in a series of biennial festivals that celebrate artists from the various regions of Canada. For more information on Ontario Scene, visit ontarioscene.ca.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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TICKET WORTH $100,000 UNCLAIMED IN TORONTO

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTO MAX 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 Friday, March 14, 2014 ENCORE – LOTTO MAX draw were 6 – 1 – 9 – 9 – 4 – 6 – 6. 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 Monday, March 16, 2015.

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:

  • 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 e-mailed 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 a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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TICKET WORTH $25,000 UNCLAIMED IN TORONTO

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim a DAILY KENO prize worth $25,000 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 Saturday, March 8, 2014 DAILY KENO (EVENING) draw were 5 – 8 – 9 – 19 – 20 – 21 – 24 – 25 – 26 – 37 – 38 – 47 – 51 – 55 – 57 – 61 – 63 – 64 – 69 – 70.

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 Monday, March 9, 2015.

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:

  • 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 e-mailed 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 a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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TICKET WORTH $10,000 UNCLAIMED IN HAMILTON AREA

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim an ENCORE – LOTTO MAX prize worth $10,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in the rural Hamilton area. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Friday, March 7, 2014 ENCORE – LOTTO MAX draw were 0 – 0 – 9 – 5 – 6 – 0 – 7. Players must match the first six of the seven numbers drawn in exact order to win the $10,000 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 Monday, March 9, 2015.

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:

  • 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 e-mailed 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 a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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PICTURE YOURSELF A WINNER WITH LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY

New limited-time Ontario lottery with Guaranteed $3 million Grand Prize Draw
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Toronto, ON – What kind of life do you dream of living? If the winter blues have you fantasizing about tropical destinations and convertible cars, the new LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) could help turn those dreams into reality.

Available only in Ontario, for a limited time and with a limited number of entries available, LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY features a $3 million Grand Prize Draw, three Early Bird Draw prizes of $100,000 each and Secondary Prizes ranging from $1 million to $5,000 plus $20 Bonus Prizes. Add it all up and LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY is offering up to $6 million in total prizes, and every entry issued could have three chances to win.

“With millions of dollars in Guaranteed Prize Draws and value pricing, LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY is a unique experience for players,” says Wendy Montgomery, Vice President of Marketing & Sales at OLG. “And with extra prizes for playing in time for the Early Bird Draw, there’s lots of ways to picture yourself a winner. It could be your best selfie ever!”

LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY is on sale now, but only until the Main Draw on March 31, 2015 or until all 6,172,840 possible Entries are sold. Entries purchased by 9 p.m. March 5, 2015 are eligible for the Early Bird Draw of three prizes of $100,000 each. The Main and Early Bird Draws are Guaranteed Prize Draws, meaning that for each prize, one winning entry will be drawn only from the entries issued. There are also thousands of $20 prizes available with the Bonus Draw on March 31 for matching the two-digit Bonus Number. Three draws means up to three ways to win with every entry.

Players have three purchase options: one entry for $5, three entries for $10 or seven entries for $20. Each entry consists of an eight-digit number with a dash separating the first six and last two digits. Entries are available by Quick Pick only.

LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY FACT SHEET

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OLG’s new LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY is on sale now until March 31, 2015.

FAST FACTS ABOUT LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY:

  • With its $3 million Grand Prize, LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY offers players the largest Guaranteed Prize Draw of any of OLG’s Ontario-only games.
  • LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY will only last until all available Entries are issued, or until the close of sales at 9 p.m. for the Main Draw and Bonus Draw on March 31, 2015.
  • The Main Draw and Early Bird Draw are Guaranteed Prize Draws with one winning entry for each prize to be drawn only from the entries issued.
  • The Early Bird Draw will be held March 5, 2015 and only the entries already sold by 9 p.m. that evening will be eligible to win.
  • A limited number of LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY entries are available. Every entry issued could have up to three chances to win if purchased before the March 5 Early Bird deadline.
  • The odds of winning any LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY prize will be determined by the total number of entries issued.

PRIZES INCLUDE:

  • $3 million Grand Prize
  • Secondary Prizes ranging from $5,000 to $1 million
  • Three Early Bird Prizes of $100,000 each
  • Thousands of $20 Bonus Prizes available for matching the last two digits of your entry with those drawn

PURCHASE OPTIONS:

  • One Entry for $5
  • Three Entries for $10
  • Seven Entries for $20
  • Quick Pick entries only, ENCORE is not available

For more information on LIVING THE LIFE LOTTERY please visit the game page on olg.ca.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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TICKET WORTH $500,000 UNCLAIMED IN HAMILTON

Sault Ste. Marie – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS prize worth $500,000 for a ticket sold one year ago in Hamilton. The ticket sold in Hamilton shared a $1 million prize with another ticket. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Friday, February 28, 2014 LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS draw were 6 – 13 – 17 – 20 – 28 – 31 – 42. Players must match all of the seven numbers drawn in order to win a MAXMILLIONS 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 Monday, March 2, 2015.

The OLG Prize Centre is 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:

  • 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 e-mailed 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 a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES IN THUNDER BAY

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), together with the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA) and Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario (CGAO) have made further progress in the revitalization of charitable bingo and gaming in Thunder Bay with the introduction of new electronic games.

The goal of this revitalization is to ensure local charities have a viable way to fundraise; to support local programs; to enhance local charitable operations and support local employment at the gaming centres; and to offer customers a new entertainment experience.

“We are pleased to partner with Thunder Bay Community Bingo to enhance the bingo and gaming experience for our players,” said Rick Gray, Vice President of Charitable Gaming at OLG. “In addition to providing the bingo hall with new opportunities this initiative also supports over 65 regional charities, organizations that provide vital services and support in the community.”

Thunder Bay Community Bingo now offers customers the choice of new electronic games or the traditional paper-based games that have been played at bingo centres for years.

“Adding new electronic products to our traditional paper-based games enables us to revitalize the charitable gaming industry and provide a sustainable source of revenue for our associated charities to continue their important work in Thunder Bay,” said Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

The introduction of these new devices follows a successful 2005 pilot program which introduced e-bingo at six sites in five communities throughout the province which resulted in a significant increase of revenue raised for local communities. Since the launch of the pilot program, approximately $80 million in additional funds has been raised for Ontario charities.

More charitable gaming centres across the province will complete their revitalization in the coming months.

Backgrounder Charitable Gaming in Ontario

OLG is working closely 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 will invigorate the traditional charitable gaming experience, more money is being generated for thousands of local charities across the province. The revitalization initiative is intended to preserve and enhance funding for charities across Ontario while creating economic benefits, including employment opportunities, at local charitable gaming centres.

OLG introduced a pilot program in 2005 to test electronic versions of existing paper-based bingo games to six charity bingo centres in five communities in Ontario. These pilot centres in Barrie, Kingston, Peterborough, Sudbury and Windsor have since raised $80 million in additional money for local charities.

Following the success of this pilot project, OLG began a phased rollout of a new suite of electronic games to other charitable gaming sites in the province. This new suite of charitable games offers customers more choice and complements existing paper bingo games. Offerings include:

  • 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, be more competitive and appeal to a broader demographic, while providing a different gaming entertainment experience from traditional bingo and casinos.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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OLG MAKES THIRD-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST MUNICIPALITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued third-quarter (October to December, 2014) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling $23,525,590 to 22 municipalities which currently host OLG facilities. To date, host municipalities have received more than $1 billion in non-tax gaming revenue.

“Municipalities are able to improve local programs and infrastructure with revenues from OLG gaming sites,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance. “In turn, revenues to the province support continued investment in important Ontario public services like health care and education.”

These payments are made under an equitable formula in the Municipality Contribution Agreement that determines the fee municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility and are based on an escalating 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 2014-2015, 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 2014-2015 is $39 million.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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PLAYOLG LAUNCHES PROVINCE WIDE

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today announces the province-wide launch of its Internet gaming site, PlayOLG.ca.

Following a successful preview by eligible members of OLG’s Winner’s Circle Rewards program, PlayOLG is now live and available to legal-aged Ontarians. Eligible players across the province can now register for an account, play games and fully experience PlayOLG.

With the launch of PlayOLG, Ontario joins British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and all of the Atlantic Provinces in offering online gaming. Currently, approximately 500,000 Ontarians spend an estimated $400 – $500 million annually on grey market sites that are not regulated in Ontario.

“We are excited to launch PlayOLG, an important milestone in the modernization of gaming in Ontario,” said John Wisternoff, OLG’s Vice President of iGaming. “For Ontarians who love the excitement of gaming, PlayOLG offers a safe and regulated alternative to grey market websites.”

PlayOLG features a wide range of interactive casino-style games including slots and table games such as Blackjack, Baccarat, Single-player Poker and Roulette, as well as the sale of LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX lottery tickets and ENCORE.

In addition to offering players the latest in Internet games and entertainment, PlayOLG provides a dedicated customer service team based in Ontario.

With the launch of PlayOLG as a new line of business, OLG will provide more money to the Government of Ontario for hospitals, community infrastructure and other government priorities.

OLG’s Responsible Gambling

PlayOLG has embedded Responsible Gambling (RG) tools which draw on Canadian and global best practices after consulting broadly with a range of stakeholders, researchers and addiction specialists.

OLG’s RG program continues to receive international recognition. The World Lottery Association (WLA) recently awarded OLG the WLA Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program Award. This award recognizes excellence in Responsible Gambling among more than 140 member organizations from around the world.

“PlayOLG’s RG safeguards are comparable to putting seatbelts and airbags in vehicles,” said Paul Pellizzari, OLG’s Executive Director of Social Responsibility. “The RG features focus on prevention and mitigation and include player education on healthy playing habits and how to seek help and support for problem gamblers.”

Play OLG’s RG features include:

  • No anonymous play
  • Registration includes age and identity verifications
  • Mandatory weekly deposit limits
  • Casino loss limits
  • Time limits for casino game play
  • Lottery ticket purchase limits
  • Customized RG messaging based on play levels
  • Seven day cooling-off period before increasing limits
  • Player self-assessments and risk profiles
  • Breaks from play on PlayOLG (one day to three months)
  • Self-Exclusion
  • Full account history available to every player
  • Tips for parents about password protection, how to use tools to restrict access to websites, and how to monitor their children’s Internet access and usage

PlayOLG is regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

Please visit PlayOLG.ca for more information.

PlayOLG Fact Sheet, Responsible Gambling Features, Privacy and Security Facts, and B-roll Video available

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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PLAYOLG BACKGROUNDER: GENERAL FACTS

General Facts

  • With the launch of PlayOLG, Ontario joins British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and all of the Atlantic Provinces in offering provincially regulated Internet gaming entertainment.
  • PlayOLG will deliver a competitive and entertaining experience that is government-regulated, safe and responsible.
  • Internet gaming already exists in Ontario and approximately 500,000 Ontarians spend an estimated $400 – $500 million annually on out-of-province grey market gambling sites not regulated in Ontario.
  • PlayOLG offers Ontarians a controlled, government-regulated alternative to grey market online gambling websites.
  • OLG’s Internet gaming proceeds remain in Ontario to support provincial priorities such as hospitals, education and community infrastructure.
  • PlayOLG is estimated to deliver $375 million in additional profits to the Province of Ontario during its first five years in operation.
  • GTECH, a global leader of regulated Internet gaming services, is the primary service provider for PlayOLG.
  • On November 4, 2014, OLG sent emails to a group of eligible members of OLG’s Winner’s Circle Reward loyalty program offering them an opportunity to take part in a customer-focused preview of PlayOLG.ca.
  • On December 4, 2014, PlayOLG issued invitations to the first group of eligible OLG’s Winner’s Circle Reward members to register and play during a customer-focused preview of PlayOLG.ca.
  • On January 8, 2015 PlayOLG goes live with a full province-wide product launch.

 

Responsible Gambling Facts

  • Drawing from best practices across Canada and the world, OLG has embedded Responsible Gambling and safe play mechanisms into all aspects of PlayOLG.
  • There is no anonymous play on PlayOLG. All players are registered and age and identity confirmed.
  • All play is recorded and reports are available for customers to review their individual activity. Players will have access to their own individual data, consistent with privacy standards.
  • PlayOLG provides a controlled environment with the ability to identify each player, securely maintain player data and allow players to track their own play.
  • PlayOLG has measures in place to encourage healthy player behaviour, to respond to changes in play that may lead to risky gambling habits, and to provide information on where to seek help if needed, as well as to enable self-exclusion.
  • PlayOLG features an extensive suite of play management tools that includes:
    • No anonymous play
    • Registration includes age and identity verifications
    • Mandatory weekly deposit limits
    • Casino loss limits
    • Time limits for casino game play
    • Lottery ticket purchase limits
    • Customized RG messaging based on play levels
    • Seven day cooling-off period before increasing limits
    • Player self-assessments and risk profiles
    • Breaks from play on PlayOLG (one day to three months)
    • Self-Exclusion
    • Full account history available to every player
    • Tips for parents about password protection and how to monitor their children’s Internet access and usage
  • PlayOLG registration process includes identity and age verification.
  • OLG’s Responsible Gambling (RG) program continues to receive international recognition. The World Lottery Association (WLA) recently awarded OLG the WLA Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program Award. This award recognizes excellence in Responsible Gambling among more than 140 member organizations from around the world.
  • As is the case with other OLG gaming offerings, OLG’s Internet gaming business operates in a regulated environment that is overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

 

PlayOLG Products

Games at Launch:

  • Variety of Slot Games
  • Variety of Table Games such as:
    • Blackjack
    • Single-player Poker
    • Baccarat
    • Sic bo
    • Roulette
  • Lottery Sales:
    • LOTTO MAX
    • LOTTO 6/49 o ENCORE

 

Future Games:

  • Online Poker (peer-to-peer)
  • Bingo
  • Sports Wagering

 

PlayOLG Responsible Gambling Backgrounder available.

More information is available at PlayOLG.ca.

PLAYOLG BACKGROUNDER: RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING FEATURES AND PLAY MANAGEMENT TOOLS

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s (OLG) Responsible Gambling (RG) program continues to receive international recognition. The World Lottery Association (WLA) recently awarded OLG the WLA Best Overall Responsible Gambling Program Award. This award recognizes excellence in Responsible Gambling among more than 140 member organizations from around the world.

As the only Internet gaming site regulated by the Ontario government, PlayOLG is built with RG measures in place to encourage healthy player behaviour, to respond to changes in play that may lead to risky gambling, and to direct players to information on where to seek help, if needed.

OLG consulted broadly with a range of stakeholders, researchers and addiction specialists in addition to reviewing available industry and academic research, to develop and implement RG best practices for PlayOLG.

Key Responsible Gambling Features and Play Management Tools on PlayOLG:

1. Limit Setting:

  • PlayOLG features play management tools that may be used to set financial or time limits including:
    • Mandatory weekly deposit limits o Loss limits for casino games
    • Time limits for casino game play
    • Lottery purchase limits
  • Should someone wish to decrease a self-imposed limit, the change will be made immediately.
  • However, if a player wants to increase a limit, he or she will have to wait seven days for a cooling-off period.

 

2. Support Resources:

  • PlayOLG provides tools to help players assess their own gambling behaviour:
    • providing self-assessment tests o providing risk profile information
    • access to one’s personal full gambling account history
  • Additionally, should an individual have concerns or feel they are experiencing problems, PlayOLG will suggest options that may include:
    • taking a break from playing
    • Self-Exclusion from PlayOLG
    • directing customers to free online or local gambling support resources

 

3. Customized Responsible Gambling Messaging:

  • PlayOLG continuously provides RG messages to all players.
  • PlayOLG’s data analytic technology assesses the level of play and customizes RG messages to each player:
    • New players and Low Risk assessed players – continuous RG messaging
    • Medium Risk assessed players – 25 per cent more RG messaging
    • High Risk assessed players – 50 per cent more RG messaging
  • OLG continually monitors and assesses all RG tools to help ensure RG programming meets the needs of all PlayOLG customers.

 

4. Responsible Gambling Training:

  • OLG continually works to help prevent and mitigate the effects of problem gambling.
  • While OLG is not able to diagnose a gambling problem, a number of supports are provided to players who have concerns about their gambling behaviour.
  • Just as with other OLG lines of business, OLG works with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to provide customer service employees with training that focuses on recognizing potential problem gambling red flags and making appropriate referrals to resources.

 

5. Underage Play:

  • OLG takes underage gambling and age verification seriously.
  • A thorough registration process helps ensure that the player registering is actually who they say they are. Sophisticated tools are used to validate a player’s identity, including their age.
  • PlayOLG also contains a variety of information for parents to educate them about their responsibility to manage their OLG account in a secure way to prevent anyone else, including their children, from gaining access.
  • This includes details about password protection, and how to use tools to restrict access to websites, and tips for monitoring their children’s Internet access and usage.

 

OLG approaches every aspect of responsible gambling online with the same commitment to excellence that it has demonstrated in its other lines of business.

As is the case with other OLG gaming offerings, PlayOLG operates in a regulated environment that is overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

More information is available at PlayOLG.ca.

PLAYOLG BACKGROUNDER: PRIVACY AND SECURITY

PlayOLG will deliver a competitive and entertaining Internet gaming experience that is government-regulated, safe and responsible. At OLG, the integrity of our products, along with the privacy and security of our customers’ personal information, is a priority.

As a government-regulated website, our customers’ deposits and all winnings earned on PlayOLG are guaranteed unlike some grey market online gaming sites.

Regulated in Ontario:

  • PlayOLG is regulated by the Government of Ontario through the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
  • Each game on PlayOLG has been tested and approved by the AGCO to ensure game integrity.

No Anonymous Play:

  • The PlayOLG gaming registration process provides a controlled environment with the ability to identify and age-verify each player.
  • PlayOLG is only available to adults, one must be 18 or older to register and buy lottery tickets and 19 or older to play casino games.
  • All customers have their information sent to Equifax for age and identity verification.
  • A credit check is not part of this identity verification process.
  • Once a PlayOLG account has been idle for a period of 10 minutes, the system will automatically log the account off to prevent any unauthorized access.
  • Each player is able to track and monitor their own play.

Personal Data and Privacy:

  • OLG protects personal information in accordance with Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), OLG’s Privacy Policy and other applicable laws.
  • PlayOLG has implemented technical and administrative controls to ensure that all personal information is protected in a manner consistent with provincial privacy standards.

 

Transactional Services:

  • In addition to game play, all financial transactions on PlayOLG which includes deposits and withdrawals are logged.
  • Each customer has access to the full history of their PlayOLG account as a tool to keep informed about game play and make knowledgeable decisions.

 

PlayOLG Fact Sheet and Responsible Gambling Backgrounder availabe.

More information is available at PlayOLG.ca.

GTA GAMING BUNDLE RFPQ SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has posted an addendum on the procurement website, MERXTM, which extends the submission deadline for the GTA Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ).

OLG is extending the RFPQ to clarify the strategy and specifications of integrating horseracing into gaming in the province.

The previous deadline for the RFPQ was November 6, 2014. Applicants will now have until April 30, 2015 to provide OLG with RFPQ submissions.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

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.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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OLG CORRECTS INACCURATE REPORTS ABOUT MODERNIZATION

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today is providing information to correct inaccuracies and misstatements that appeared in media reports concerning its Request for Proposal (RFP) for Lottery announced yesterday.

Several reports contained inaccurate information regarding annual revenues for OLG’s Lottery business segment. According to the Public Accounts of Ontario 2012-2013:

  • OLG’s Total Revenue = $6.6 Billion (All Lines of Business)
  • OLG’s Lottery Revenue = $3.3 Billion
  • OLG’s Gaming Revenue = $3.3 Billion (Slots Facilities, Casinos & Resort Casinos)

(Link to Public Accounts of Ontario – www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/paccts/2013/ )

OLG provides the Ontario government nearly $2 billion in profits annually. This is the largest source of non-tax revenue for the government. This money goes to hospitals and other government priorities.

Without modernization, both OLG’s lottery and gaming businesses would collectively require about $1 billion of public capital investment for maintenance alone. Without action to address the current trends, the $2 billion annual dividend to government would steadily erode.

Modernization is a multi-year plan that will deliver approximately $1 billion annually in additional net profit to the people of Ontario, upon completion in 2018-19. The revenue will include lottery innovation proceeds, gaming modernization benefits, new revenue from internet gaming and other efficiencies.

The transformation of Ontario’s lottery and gaming business will help ensure that instead of eroding revenue to government, OLG will be able to provide about $3 billion in an annual dividend to the Province of Ontario, once it is fully complete in five years.

Contrary to published reports, due to commercial sensitivity and the integrity of the procurement process, names of pre-qualified proponents and details of the RFP documents cannot be released while the procurement process is ongoing.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness. OLG expects to announce the successful service provider in fall 2015.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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OLG BEGINS RFP PHASE OF LOTTERY PROCUREMENT

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has initiated the final phase of its procurement process for lottery by issuing Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to pre-qualified service providers.

The RFP will enable OLG to select one service provider to run specific day-to-day operations of the lottery business in Ontario.

To OLG, the integrity of the procurement process is of the utmost importance. Procurement involves information of a commercially sensitive nature. As a result, details of the RFP documents and names of pre-qualified proponents will not be released while the process is ongoing. There will be no further communication about the RFP until a service provider is announced. OLG expects to announce the successful service provider in fall 2015.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

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.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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GTA GAMING BUNDLE RFPQ SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has posted an addendum on the procurement website, MERXTM, which extends the submission deadline for the GTA Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ).

The previous deadline for the RFPQ was August 14, 2014. Applicants will now have until November 6, 2014 to provide OLG with RFPQ submissions.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

At $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.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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GTA GAMING BUNDLE RFPQ SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has posted an addendum on the procurement website, MERXTM, which extends the submission deadline for the GTA Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ).

The previous deadline for the RFPQ was June 12, 2014. Applicants will now have until August 14, 2014 to provide OLG with RFPQ submissions.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a professional Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

At $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.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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OLG’S CHAIR RESPONDS TO THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF ONTARIO’S SPECIAL REPORT ON OLG’S MODERNIZATION PLAN

Ms. Bonnie Lysyk, Auditor General of Ontario
Office of the Auditor General of Ontario
20 Dundas Street West, Suite 1530
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2C2

Dear Ms. Lysyk:

I would like to first extend my thanks to you and your team for your diligent review of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Modernization Plan. At all times during the process of the audit both you and your staff were clearly dedicated to providing the Legislature with all the relevant information as well as pertinent analysis.

I want to thank you in particular for your personal reflections and your understanding of this complex business.

The fundamental finding of your Report—that the original modernization plan was ambitious—is accurate. I also agree with your conclusion that the procurement process that OLG has followed is fair, open and transparent. I concur with your statement that the revised municipal hosting fee process was also open and transparent. Most importantly, I am pleased that you noted OLG’s significant efforts to promote responsible gambling—and that modernization includes commitments to continue to enhance those initiatives.

I have five key items that I would like to raise in response to your Report’s findings: The importance of continuing with modernization in the best interests of Ontario; the rightful evolution of the plan; the engagement of municipalities in modernization; the inclusion of job estimates that are no longer accurate; and the work OLG is doing to help build a sustainable horse racing industry.

Importance of reform

Reforming the lottery and gaming business remains a worthwhile endeavour—one that will provide financial benefit to the Province and the people of Ontario. In fact, the Minister of Finance recently established an independent council to review ways to maximize the value of government assets, while preferably keeping ownership in public hands. That is precisely what OLG’s modernization plan entails.

The original plan was launched for reasons that continue to be relevant and valid today. In land-based gaming, over the years, service providers, stakeholders, vendors and Charity gaming providers were financially impacted by competitive pressures and sub-optimal locations too far from population density. The lottery business was facing a decreasing customer base and limited distribution channels. OLG was absent from internet gaming, lagging behind other Canadian jurisdictions, while unregulated internet gaming operators developed a large Ontario market. At the same time, the government was seeking, as noted in the Drummond Report, stable sources of non-tax revenue.

By 2010, the pressures were clear: government needed new revenue; stakeholders were seeking improvement to the way OLG operated; and customers were looking for more convenience in technology, distribution channels and products. Under Cabinet direction, OLG moved to revitalize Charitable gaming, to develop an iGaming platform, and to conduct a Strategic Business Review of both lottery and gaming.

As a result, OLG designed its plan, modernization, in order to ensure that the corporation could deliver higher and more sustainable revenue to government. It is a plan to transform virtually all aspects of the business model while preserving the legal obligations to conduct and manage gaming. The plan, unprecedented in size and scope, introduces private sector investment and innovation for the improvement of the product for customers.

At nearly $2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. This money goes directly to hospitals and other government priorities.

Without substantial reform, it should be noted, Ontario’s lottery and gaming business requires about $1 billion of public capital investment for maintenance alone. In addition, without action to address the current trends, the $2 billion annual dividend to government would slowly and steadily erode.

The original plan was based on sound business research and stakeholder consultations. OLG’s extensive review helped to develop a sound business model that maximized return to the Province while maintaining public control. We worked with a number of external business consultants who provided us with data from comparable jurisdictions around the world—particularly Illinois and Australia. We received advice and reports from a number of groups including the horseracing industry and gaming operators in other Canadian provinces.

Stakeholder consultations were extensive and included meeting with over 50 groups and individuals across the province. However, as your Report points out, once the decision to end the Slots-At-Racetrack Program (SARP) was made, OLG was not authorized as part of its mandate from government to consult with any stakeholder groups on specific policy decisions that were being contemplated as part of modernization. The policy direction for modernization (and its associated financial outcomes) flowed from the Provincial Budget process, which is completed under strict confidentiality.

Evolution of modernization

The modernization plan is one of the largest agency transformations in Ontario history and it has evolved, as necessary and proper since its first iteration.

The original plan was ambitious and the procurement process was complex. The timelines were tight and designed to reduce conflict of interest and protect the fairness of the procurements. The approval process from procurement documents to municipal engagement took far longer than OLG anticipated.

Through OLG’s Request for Information and Request for Pre-Qualification process, the agency has learned a considerable amount about the feasibility of the original plan, in particular, the necessity for deeper and wider engagement with stakeholders. Through that process, OLG also learned that the model it developed resonated with the market, though it needed to evolve to consider the capacity of the private sector and the latest developments in technology.

The first estimates of the pace at which modernization could be completed were, as noted in your Report, aggressive. But over the last two years, OLG has completed an RFI process, has almost completed an RFPQ process, has successfully procured a service provider for iGaming, has launched the revitalization of charitable gaming, and is launching an RFP process for Gaming and Lottery—all while continuing to deliver consistent annual revenue to government and communities.

Engaging Municipalities

Municipal engagement in land-based gaming is of critical importance to OLG. The process of engaging with municipal governments began in 2012. The first discussions were about improvements to municipal funding agreements and then, in some communities, this led to discussions about the potential for new or moving facilities. Since 2012, 40 communities across Ontario have expressed interest in hosting (or continuing to host) a gaming facility through council resolution and public consultation. The RFPQ for land-based gaming states that if service providers want to offer new games, move locations or build new facilities, they will need to seek municipal approval.

Out-of-date job loss assumptions

I do want to note, particularly for OLG employees, that the job loss estimates stated in your Report are no longer accurate. They are based on a 2011 plan that had not been approved by government. Though OLG has been clear since modernization launch, that it will become a leaner organization, the plan is designed to maintain the industry so that it employs more Ontarians and contributes to local economic development.

Employees at OLG’s Sault Ste. Marie office and the Lesmill facility continue to be critical to the success of the lottery and gaming business in Ontario. These jobs are important for OLG—a fact that OLG has made clear to proponents in the RFPQ documents. Critical functions will remain in Sault Ste. Marie in the new OLG. OLG has stated that whatever service provider is selected to manage day-to-day operations of lottery or gaming sites must keep employees in their current geographic locations for a minimum of 12 months.

OLG is working with the City of Sault Ste. Marie on the modernization of the lottery and gaming business, to discuss ways in which OLG’s office and staff in Sault Ste. Marie will continue to play a key role. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti have both said that there are no plans to remove OLG jobs from Sault Ste. Marie.

Horse racing industry success

A year ago, the Premier asked OLG to incorporate horse racing into our plan—and it has done so. Ultimately, this will help support a sustainable horse racing industry in the province. For the past ten months, OLG has been working with the horse racing industry to extend leases; to offer market research and marketing support; and is currently developing a horse-themed gaming product. The agency requested that proponents demonstrate willingness to support horse racing integration. On Friday, OLG made a joint announcement with Ontario Horse Racing that tracks with OLG slot facilities, live race dates and five-year funding under the Horse Racing Partnership Plan (HRPP), will have the option for leases with a guaranteed term to 2019.

I do want to clarify, that, while OLG is providing its responsible gambling expertise to the horse racing industry, OLG has no jurisdiction to support or fund responsible gambling controls for horse racing.

Modernization provides additional $1 billion

OLG remains committed to its original intent of modernization, to provide increased revenue to its shareholder—the Province of Ontario. This continues to be a compelling rationale for reform. The government has communicated that it is firmly in support of the revised plan.

Modernization is a multi-year plan, now in its third year, which, upon completion will deliver approximately $1 billion annually in additional net new profit to the Province. The revenue, in 2018-19, will include lottery innovation proceeds, gaming modernization benefits, new revenue from internet gaming and other efficiencies.

The transformation of Ontario’s lottery and gaming business will help ensure that instead of eroding revenue to government, OLG will be able to provide up to $3 billion in an annual dividend to the Province of Ontario, once it is fully complete in five year’s time.

Thank you again for the attention and leadership you demonstrated on this audit.

Sincerely,

Philip J. Olsson
Chair, OLG Board of Directors

Cc: Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
Peter Wallace, Secretary of Cabinet

OLG BEGINS RFP PHASE OF GAMING PROCUREMENT

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has initiated the next phase of its procurement process for land-based gaming by issuing Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to pre-qualified service providers selected to bid on the East Gaming Bundle.

The RFP will enable OLG to select one service provider to run the day-to-day gaming operations in three Gaming Zones. One zone is currently served by OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs and a second by OLG Casino Thousand Islands. In the third zone, which includes the area around the City of Belleville, there is the potential for a new gaming site.

To OLG, the integrity of the procurement process is of the utmost importance. Procurement involves information of a commercially sensitive nature. As a result, details of the RFP documents and names of pre-qualified service providers will not be released while the process is ongoing. Additionally, there will be no further communication about the RFP for this bundle until a proponent is announced. OLG expects to announce a successful proponent in early 2015.

OLG will release the RFPs for remaining Gaming Bundles in the coming months.

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.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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GTA GAMING BUNDLE RFPQ SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has posted an addendum on the procurement website, MERX™, which extends the submission deadline for the GTA Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ).

The previous deadline for the RFPQ was May 8, 2014. Applicants will now have until June 12, 2014 to provide OLG with RFPQ submissions.

On April 1, 2014, OLG posted an addendum to the RFPQ on MERX™ in order to include a requirement for details related to applicants’ experience with horse racing activities.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a professional Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

At $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.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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ADDENDA TO SIX GAMING BUNDLE RFPQS POSTED TO MERX™

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has posted addenda to six Gaming Bundle Requests for Pre-Qualification (RFPQs) on the procurement website, MERX™. The Gaming Bundles are: North, East, Ottawa area, Southwest, Central and West GTA.

The addenda relate to the application of Regulation 81/12 of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Act, 1999 to the introduction of table games and electronic games (slot machines) at existing, new and relocated gaming sites.

The addenda state that the introduction of table games at existing sites is subject to the provisions of the Regulation.

The addenda further clarify that the introduction of table games and electronic games at any relocated or new gaming site is also subject to the provisions of the Regulation.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a professional Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness. The Fairness Monitor has reviewed the addenda.

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.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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ADDENDUM TO GTA GAMING BUNDLE RFPQ POSTED TO MERX™

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has posted an addendum to the GTA Gaming Bundle Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) on the procurement website, MERX™.

OLG is taking steps to include criteria within its ongoing procurement process to address support for horse racing sustainability and the integration of horse racing into provincial gaming, within current federal and provincial legislative frameworks. The addendum states that GTA RFPQ submissions now require details related to applicants’ experience with horse racing activities.

Applicants are asked to provide three examples of horse racing experience relevant to the opportunity as set out in the GTA Gaming Bundle. The examples must be from a current operation or one operated within the last 10 years. The examples must also be related to the experience of a prime team member associated with the submission.

On March 3, 2014, OLG announced it was extending the submission deadline for the GTA Gaming Bundle RFPQ to May 8, 2014.

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.

Throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a professional Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness. The Fairness Monitor has reviewed the change to include criteria to address support for horse racing sustainability within the gaming procurement process.

While the new gaming model will include securing qualified service providers for the day-to-day operation of gaming, OLG will continue to conduct and manage lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG will also continue to help prevent and mitigate the effects of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program, and at 16 gaming sites by the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada’s RG Check program.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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RFPQS FOR WEST GTA AND CENTRAL GAMING BUNDLES CLOSE

TORONTO, ON – Today, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) marks the close of the Requests for Pre-Qualification (RFPQs) for the West GTA and Central Gaming Bundles. The RFPQs were issued on December 12, 2013.

OLG is now in active procurement across the province. With the closing of the RFPQs for the West GTA and Central Gaming Bundles, OLG will undertake its due diligence in evaluating the submissions.

From the RFPQ submissions, OLG will select the service providers eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) document for each Gaming Bundle.

Interested service providers were required to submit proposals for the entire Gaming Bundle as set out in the RFPQs, not for individual Gaming Zones or Gaming Sites contained within the Gaming Bundle.

As announced on March 3, 2014, OLG has extended the RFPQ submission deadline for the GTA Gaming Bundle to May 8, 2014. OLG will be posting an addendum to the GTA Gaming Bundle RFPQ in the coming weeks. In order to protect the integrity of the procurement process, OLG will not provide further details about the addendum until it is posted on MERXTM and available to all proponents at the same time.

OLG expects to begin issuing gaming RFP documents in the coming months.

As part of modernization, OLG is continuing to work with the Ontario government and the horse racing sector to integrate horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy. This includes the development of competitive, customer-appealing products to help grow a sustainable horseracing industry in Ontario for the long-term. OLG is also providing its expertise in marketing and Responsible Gambling.

To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance. OLG is following the Government of Ontario’s procurement guidelines to ensure that the process is fair and competitive. In addition, throughout the procurement process, OLG has engaged the services of a professional Fairness Monitor to provide oversight and advice to support integrity and fairness.

While the new gaming model will include securing qualified service providers for the day-to-day operation of gaming, OLG will continue to conduct and manage lottery and gaming in Ontario. OLG will also continue to help prevent and mitigate the effects of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program, and at 16 gaming sites, by the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada’s RG Check program.

OLG contributes nearly $2 billion annually to the Ontario government. Modernization will enable OLG to provide additional revenue to the Province to help fund the operation of hospitals and other provincial priorities. At the same time, it could help to create jobs across Ontario and trigger private sector investment.

For more details on Gaming Zones/Bundles, including a maps, visit:http://corporate.olg.ca/modernizing-lottery-and-gaming-in-ontario-project-status/

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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PROCUREMENT UPDATE

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is providing two separate procurement notifications today.

The first is the Request for Information (RFI) for a potential privately-funded multi-purpose event centre in Niagara Falls closed today.

The RFI was launched on December 12, 2013. The RFI submissions OLG has received will help it gauge interest in the marketplace for developing and financing a potential Niagara Entertainment /pCentre that is similar to, or larger in size and scale than facilities at Caesars Windsor and Casino Rama.

The second notification is that OLG is extending the closing date for the Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the GTA Gaming Bundle to May 8, 2014. OLG will issue an addendum to the RFPQ on the procurement website MERXTM in the coming weeks, which will provide further details.

In order to protect the integrity of the procurement process, OLG will not provide further details about the addendum until it is posted on MERXTM and available to all proponents at the same time.

RFPQs for the West GTA and Central Gaming Bundles will close as scheduled on March 13, 2014.

At $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.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

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STATEMENT FROM ROD PHILLIPS

TORONTO – Today I have tendered my resignation from the post of President & Chief Executive Officer of OLG. I am leaving for a leadership position in the private sector that will be announced by the new organization in February. It’s been a tremendous privilege to serve the public alongside OLG employees since 2011. Under the leadership of Philip Olsson, Chair of the Board, and Acting President & CEO, Tom Marinelli, I am confident that OLG is well-positioned to modernize the lottery and gaming industry and to achieve great success in the years to come.

OLG is an Operational Enterprise responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $38 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program; and local and provincial charities.

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BACKGROUNDER: GAMING REQUEST FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION

OLG is continuing its procurement process to modernize lottery and gaming in Ontario by issuing the remaining gaming Requests for Pre-Qualification (RFPQs), consisting of 10 Gaming Zones grouped into three Gaming Bundles.

Gaming Bundle Gaming Zone Current OLG Gaming Site Current Host Community
GTA C2 OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack City of Toronto
C3 OLG Slots at Ajax Downs Town of Ajax
C8 Great Blue Heron Casino (potentially) Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (Baagwating Community Association)
Central C5 OLG Slots at Georgian Downs Town of Innisfil
C6 Casino Rama Chippewas of Rama First Nation Reserve
C7 No Current Gaming Facility No Current Host Municipality (Town of Collingwood and Town of Wasaga Beach are willing hosts)
West GTA C4 OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack Town of Milton
SW1 OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway Township of Centre-Wellington
SW2 OLG Casino Brantford City of Brantford
SW9 OLG Slots at Flamboro Downs City of Hamilton

 

For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit: http://corporate.olg.ca/modernizing-lottery-and-gaming-in-ontario-project-status/

Interested service providers must respond to these RFPQs by March 13, 2014. The RFPQs are available on MERXTM (http://www.merx.com/olg).

 

OLG’s Gaming RFPQ Process

With the launch of the RFPQ process for the GTA, GTA West and Central Gaming Bundles, OLG is now in procurement for up to 25 Gaming Zones.

Following OLG’s procurement process, and at such time and on such terms as OLG may determine, following consultation with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, the Great Blue Heron Casino in Gaming Zone C8 may become part of the GTA Gaming Bundle. This would represent the 25th zone.

No municipality in the GTA has expressed an interest in hosting a new gaming facility. The service provider for the GTA Gaming Bundle will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of gaming facilities in the bundle for approximately 22 years. If at some point during that time a GTA municipality expresses an interest in becoming a host for a gaming site, the service provider for the GTA bundle would have a right of first opportunity to become the service provider for that new gaming site.

In Gaming Zones SW10, SW11 and SW12, which include Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino Resort and Caesars Windsor respectively, there are currently long-term contracts in place with service providers.

On November 30, 2012, OLG issued its first three RFPQs for nine gaming sites—one each for the Ottawa Area, Ontario East and Ontario North. Those three RFPQs closed in March 2013. Another RFPQ for the Southwest Gaming Bundle, which includes six sites, was issued on May 29, 2013. That RFPQ closed on August 8, 2013.

OLG has done its due diligence in reviewing the responses to gaming RFPQs that have closed and is currently considering service providers who will be eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for each of these Gaming Bundles. OLG expects to begin the RFP process in the coming months.

 

What are the next steps for the GTA, GTA West and Central Gaming Bundles?

Once the RFPQs close, OLG will evaluate the submissions it receives for each.

Interested service providers who are pre-qualified through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider(s) will be selected from this group.

 

What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

The RFPQs will help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Interested service providers are asked to submit information on their financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, service providers must also provide information on business and other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First Nations communities.

Interested service providers must also have submitted an application for registration with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

The RFPQ process will result in OLG identifying qualified service providers eligible to receive the RFP documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

 

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, with municipal and other approvals.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where qualified service providers will be permitted to operate a single gaming facility. The design of these Gaming Zones is intended to manage competition between facilities and ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of Gaming Zones across the province were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is maximum customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a gaming site to other gaming facilities; 
  • Proximity of a gaming site to current and potential customers; and 
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site.

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to operate and possibly expand the existing facility, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility will be permitted in each zone.

 

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG grouped some Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, including the GTA, West GTA and Central Gaming Bundles released today, service providers are being asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region. Gaming Bundles will not result in the merging of current or proposed facilities, or of proposed Gaming Zones.

 

Municipal Choice and OLG’s Modernization

Municipal choice is an important element of OLG’s modernization. OLG will only locate gaming facilities where there is municipal support to do so. OLG has always been clear that it will respect a municipality’s decision regarding hosting an existing casino, a new casino or expanding an existing one.

When it comes to gaming facilities, OLG’s approach to potential and current host municipalities across Ontario has been consistent. That approach has three steps:

The first step is for municipalities to pass a resolution confirming their interest in hosting a gaming facility.

The second step is for OLG to choose a service provider through a fair and competitive procurement process.

Where a municipality has included conditions as part of its resolution for gaming in its community, such as restrictions on the movement or expansion of a gaming site, OLG will ensure service providers are aware of such conditions during the RFP phase of the procurement process.

The third step is for OLG to work with the municipality and the selected service provider to determine the location of a new site, if one is proposed.

As has always been the case, expansion of gaming offerings at a current facility, relocation of a current gaming site or planned development of a new gaming site can only occur where there is municipal consent, customer interest and a viable business case put forth by a service provider, which is subsequently approved by OLG.

Any new facility or the proposed relocation of an existing gaming site is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

 

Future of OLG Gaming Sites at Racetracks

OLG has signed lease agreements with the site holder for its gaming facilities at Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs.

OLG has also reached lease agreements in principle with racetrack site holders for its 12 remaining gaming sites. Leases range from three-to-five years in duration. Although these lease agreements have not been finalized, OLG anticipates that it will sign agreements with respect to each of these sites in the near future.

It is important to understand the complexity of decision making about moving a site—or building a new one. Not only does there need to be demonstrated customer interest and a compelling business case that results in increased revenue for the Government of Ontario, there also needs to be a willing municipal host and a proposal that makes sense for the horse racing industry.

Any new site or relocation of an existing site is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

 

Integrating Horse Racing into the Provincial Gaming Strategy

On October 11, 2013, the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel presented its final report to the Ontario government. On the same day, the government unveiled its five-year plan for Ontario’s horse racing sector.

Ensuring a vibrant horseracing industry is a critical consideration as OLG modernizes gaming. This change is a positive move for Ontario’s horse racing industry because, for the first time, all of the stakeholders are fully engaged in the effort to integrate horse racing into a provincial gaming strategy.

Maintaining successful slot facilities at race tracks is just one component of integration. New games, new pari-mutuel products, new marketing approaches are all part of what OLG and the industry are working on today—all with the objective of encouraging a vibrant and sustainable racing industry in Ontario for the long-term. OLG will also provide expertise in marketing and Responsible Gambling.

 

OLG’s Modernization

Modernization will enable OLG to provide additional revenues to the Province to help fund the operation of hospitals and other provincial priorities. To achieve this, OLG is focusing on three priorities:

  • Becoming more customer focused—being where our customers want us to be, offering products and services in their areas or in the ways they want to buy them;
  • Selecting qualified service providers for the specific day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming; and
  • Renewing OLG’s role in the conduct and management of lottery and gaming in the province.

OLG will be responsible for market management and providing a gold standard for its Responsible Gambling program for the people of Ontario.

Since its inception, OLG’s modernization has continued to evolve. Part of that evolution is the work OLG is doing with the Ontario government and the horse racing industry to integrate horse racing into Ontario’s gaming strategy.

 

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct and management of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect the service provider to deliver many of the services related to the day-to-day operation of lottery and gaming.

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program. OLG will also require service providers to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

 

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that the process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor and an Independent Fairness Advisor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of procurement.

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BACKGROUNDER: NIAGARA ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

OLG has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a potential privately-funded multi-purpose entertainment centre in Niagara Falls.

The RFI will help OLG gauge interest in the marketplace for developing and financing a potential Niagara entertainment centre that is similar to, or larger in size and scale than, facilities at Caesars Windsor and Casino Rama.

Current Entertainment Centre Seat Capacity at Resort Casinos

Resort Casino Entertainment Centre Seat Capacity
Caesars Windsor 5,000
Casino Rama 5,000
Fallsview Casino Resort/Casino Niagara 1,500

Entertainment has increasingly become a significant factor in driving visitors to casinos, building brand awareness and generating incremental gaming revenue.

Non-gaming amenities such as the potential entertainment venue envisioned for Niagara Falls are becoming core amenities for gaming customers. Large entertainment venues are becoming essential in an increasingly competitive entertainment environment, particularly in the Niagara marketplace.

A privately-funded entertainment venue in Niagara Falls could help:

  • Enhance the customer experience and grow the gaming business for OLG’s gaming facilities in Niagara Falls;
  • Create jobs, economic development opportunities and increased tourism in and around Niagara Falls; and
  • Contribute to the value of OLG’s Niagara Falls gaming assets and meet OLG’s long-term business interest of increasing revenues to the Province in a responsible manner.

As part of the RFI, OLG is asking respondents to identify and/or recommend possible locations, as well as what factors OLG should consider with respect to a location (for example, connected or adjacent to a casino, parking, traffic, etc.). OLG will review responses to the RFI to determine next steps.

Interested parties must respond to the RFI by March 3, 2014. The RFI will be available on MERXTM (www.merx.com/olg). MERXTM charges a small fee to download this material.

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OLG MODERNIZATION OF GAMING CONTINUES AS SOUTHWEST GAMING RFPQ CLOSES

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today marked the close of its Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the Southwest Gaming Bundle, which was issued on May 29, 2013.

“OLG’s modernization program continues to progress. We are now in active procurement in more than half of our 29 Gaming Zones,” said Rod Phillips, OLG President and CEO. “With the closing of the Southwest RFPQ, we will now undertake our due diligence in evaluating the submissions.”

From the RFPQ submissions, OLG will select the service providers who are eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) document for the Southwest Gaming Bundle.

Interested service providers were required to submit proposals for the entire Gaming Bundle as set out in the RFPQ, not for individual Gaming Zones or Gaming Sites contained within the Gaming Bundle. This means that service providers must demonstrate their ability to assume specific day-to-day operations all six facilities in the Southwest Gaming Bundle.

As part of its modernization, OLG is working with the government and horse racing industry stakeholders to integrate horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy to ensure future revenue streams for the industry. The Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel held four stakeholder consultations in July 2013 to listen people’s concerns and ideas.

“I was pleased to attend the Panel’s consultations with stakeholders because, like the government, we’re also interested in hearing from those involved in the horse racing industry about how we can work together to achieve a strong, sustainable industry over the long-term,” said Phillips.

In the coming months, OLG will launch RFPQs for the remaining Gaming Zones – some in Gaming Bundles. All RFPQs will be available on MERXTM (www.merx.com/olg). MERXTM charges a fee to download this type of material.

OLG has two impartial advisors providing oversight on the integrity and fairness of the procurement process.

While the new gaming model will include securing qualified service providers for the day-to-day operation of gaming, OLG will continue its role in the conduct, management and oversight of lottery and gaming. OLG will also continue to help prevent and mitigate the effects of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program, and at eight gaming sites, by the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada’s RG Check program.

OLG contributes nearly $2 billion annually to the Ontario government. The vast majority of this funding is directed to hospitals and health care.

All Ontarians will benefit once the modernization of lottery and gaming is complete through additional revenue to help fund provincial priorities such as hospitals and municipal infrastructure. In addition, a modern OLG will help create thousands of jobs and drive more than $3 billion in capital investments across Ontario.

For more details on Gaming Zones/Bundles, including a map of the Southwest Gaming Bundle, visit:http://corporate.olg.ca/modernizing-lottery-and-gaming-in-ontario-project-status/

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FIRST-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST MUNICIPALITIES

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has issued first-quarter (April to June, 2013) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling more than $32 million to 22 municipalities which currently host OLG facilities. To date, host municipalities have received more than $938 million in non-tax gaming revenue.

“Host communities are able to invest in important local programs and infrastructure with revenue from OLG gaming sites,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance. “The modernization of Ontario’s lottery and gaming business will stimulate economic development, create new jobs and continue to support public priorities like health care.”

These are the first payments under a new, equitable formula that determines the fee municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility as announced by OLG on May 17, 2013. The formula, part of the Municipality Contribution Agreement, will provide more money for host municipalities and is the same across the province.

The payments are based on an escalating scale of slot machine revenue that is consistent across all sites in Ontario.

Under the agreement, municipalities will receive:

• 5.25% on the first $65 million of slot revenue;
• 3.0% on the next $135 million of slot revenue;
• 2.5% on the next $300 million of slot revenue;
• 0.5% on slot revenue above $500 million; and
• the new element, 4.0% on table game revenue.

OLG’s modernization will increase revenue for the province and create some 2,300 net new industry jobs and about 4,000 service sector jobs. It will improve how lottery and gaming is delivered in Ontario and expand OLG’s approach to Responsible Gambling.

In 2013-2014, 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 2013-2014 is budgeted at $41 million.

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OLG MODERNIZATION OF GAMING CONTINUES TO PROCEED WITH RFPQ FOR SOUTHWEST ONTARIO

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) continues its modernization of the province’s lottery and gaming industry with the launch of the Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the Southwest Gaming Bundle.

“The RFPQ we’re issuing today will allow us to pre-qualify service providers for specific day-to-day operations of gaming sites in six Gaming Zones in Southwestern Ontario,” said Rod Phillips, OLG President and CEO. “It represents another step forward in the modernization of gaming in Ontario.”

Interested service providers are required to submit proposals for the entire Southwest Gaming Bundle as set out in the RFPQ. This means that service providers are being asked to demonstrate their ability to operate all six facilities in the Southwest Gaming Bundle, not for individual Gaming Zones or gaming sites contained within the bundle.

Service providers must also provide information on their financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, service providers must also provide information on any business or other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First Nations communities.

They must also have submitted an application for registration with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the regulator of lottery and gaming in Ontario. The RFPQ process will allow OLG to create a list of service providers who will then be eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) document for the Southwest Gaming Bundle. As part of the RFP process, pre-qualified service providers will be able to propose the construction of a new gaming site anywhere within an OLG-defined geographic Gaming Zone, where there is municipal support.

“It’s important to remember that before a site is built or relocated, the host municipality, the private sector operator, OLG and the Ontario government need to be in agreement,” said Phillips. “As part of this procurement process, OLG will ensure that potential operators understand the wishes of the host municipality.”

OLG is releasing RFPQs for the modernization of gaming in stages, and the Southwest Gaming Bundle is the fourth RFPQ issued for gaming.

OLG issued its first three RFPQs for nine gaming sites on November 30, 2012—one each for the Ottawa Area, Ontario East and Ontario North—all of which closed in March 2013. OLG is now evaluating submissions for these RFPQs to select service providers who are eligible to receive the RFP document.

By grouping some of the 29 Gaming Zones OLG identified last summer in Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate geographic region—OLG will be able to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, while providing better economies of scale for service providers.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor and an Independent Fairness Advisor to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of the procurement process.

All Ontarians will benefit once the modernization of lottery and gaming is complete through additional revenue to help fund provincial priorities such as hospitals and municipal infrastructure. In addition, a modern OLG will help create thousands of jobs and drive more than $3 billion in capital investments across Ontario.

“As part of our modernization, OLG will work with the government to ensure that horse racing will be integrated with the provincial gaming strategy to ensure future revenue streams for the industry,” said Phillips.

While the new gaming model includes securing qualified service providers for the day-to-day operation of gaming, OLG will continue its role in the conduct, management and oversight of lottery and gaming in Ontario.

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program. OLG will also require the service provider to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

Interested service providers must respond to the RFPQ by August 8, 2013.

OLG intends to issue separate RFPQs for the remaining Gaming Zones, many in Gaming Bundles, over the next several months. Details pertaining to upcoming RFPQs, including the composition of additional Gaming Bundles are still being finalized.

All RFPQs will be available on MERX ™ (www.merx.com/olg). MERX ™ charges a small fee to download this type of material.

The following are also available in the media section at www.OLG.ca:

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BACKGROUNDER – GAMING REQUEST FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION

OLG is continuing its procurement process to modernize lottery and gaming in Ontario by issuing its fourth Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for Gaming Zones, grouped into a Gaming Bundle, in Southwestern Ontario. The Southwest Gaming Bundle includes the following:

Gaming Zone Current OLG Gaming Site Municipalities Included:
Zone SW3 OLG Slots at Woodstock Racetrack City of Woodstock, Oxford County (townships of East Zorra- Tavistock, South-West Oxford, Norwich)
Zone SW4 OLG Slots at Western Fair District City of London, Middlesex County (Townships of Middlesex Centre, Thames Centre, Strathroy-Cardoc), City of St. Thomas, Elgin County (Municipality of Central Elgin, Township of Southwold)
Zone SW5 OLG Slots at Clinton Raceway Township of Goderich, Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Municipality of Central Huron, Municipality of Bluewater, Municipality of Huron East
Zone SW6 OLG Slots at Dresden Raceway Parts or all of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Zone SW7 OLG Slots at Hanover Raceway Bruce County (Brockton, South Bruce), Grey County (Hanover, West Grey)
Zone SW8 OLG Casino Point Edward Parts or all of Point Edward and Sarnia

For more details on OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, including Gaming Zone maps, visit:http://corporate.olg.ca/modernizing-lottery-and-gaming-in-ontario-project-status/

Interested service providers are required to submit proposals for the entire Southwest Gaming Bundle, not for individual Gaming Zones or gaming sites contained within the bundle.

Interested service providers must respond to this RFPQ by August 8, 2013. The RFPQ is available on MERX.TM (http://www.merx.com/olg).


What is a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)?

A Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) will help OLG determine the skills and abilities of potential service providers.

Interested service providers are asked to submit information on their financial and technical attributes and capabilities, including proof of successful experience with similar projects. In addition, service providers must also provide information on business and other relationships that they have had with First Nations and First Nations communities.

Interested service providers must also have submitted an application for registration with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

The RFPQ process will result in OLG’s procurement department having the ability to identify qualified service providers eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents—the next step in OLG’s procurement process.

What are Gaming Zones?

In order to effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG identified 29 Gaming Zones where existing or new gaming facilities would be permitted, with municipal and other approvals.

Gaming Zones are geographic areas where qualified service providers will be permitted to operate a single gaming facility. The design of these Gaming Zones is intended to manage competition between facilities and ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.

The boundaries of OLG’s 29 zones were determined by a gravity model—a business tool commonly used for modeling supply and demand within a given geographic area. The model looked at a number of factors to determine where there is maximum customer demand for a gaming facility, including:

  • Proximity of a gaming site to other gaming facilities;
  • Proximity of a gaming site to current and potential customers; and
  • Distance a customer is willing to travel to reach a gaming site.

Within each Gaming Zone, service providers will be permitted to operate the existing facility, establish a new facility if one does not currently exist, or relocate the existing facility within the boundaries of the Gaming Zone, all subject to approvals.

Only one gaming facility will be permitted in each zone.

What are Gaming Bundles?

To enable OLG to more effectively manage the gaming market in Ontario, OLG is grouping some of the 29 Gaming Zones into Gaming Bundles—each representing a separate bidding opportunity.

As a result, for some gaming RFPQs, including the Southwest Gaming Bundle released today, service providers are being asked to demonstrate their ability to operate multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of the province.

Gaming Bundles are intended to create opportunities for qualified service providers to be more efficient by operating multiple facilities in a given region. Gaming Bundles will not result in the merging of current or proposed facilities, or of proposed Gaming Zones.

The composition of gaming zones and bundles are subject to change up to the date of RFPQ release.

Gaming Bundles—Impact on Municipalities

Nothing has changed for municipalities included in the Southwest Gaming Bundle. The rules around existing and new sites, as well as the potential for service providers to move existing sites have not changed.

Relocating or establishing a new gaming site is a three-step process that involves the participation of the host municipality, the service provider, OLG and the Ontario government:

  • Step 1 is initial approval from a municipality to consider becoming a gaming site host;
  • Step 2 is for OLG to select a service provider through a fair and competitive procurement process; and
  • Step 3 is for the host municipality to work with the service provider and OLG to agree on a plan for a commercially viable facility that is located at a site acceptable to the municipality. In the end, final approval must come from the Ontario government.

Host municipalities have control over zoning matters and can indicate conditions of their approval, such as where a gaming site may or may not be located.

Gaming Bundles will not affect the Municipality Contribution Agreement or hosting fee agreements OLG has negotiated with host municipalities.

OLG’s Conduct and Manage Role

OLG will continue its role in the conduct, management and oversight, and remain the “operating mind” behind the delivery of gaming in Ontario.

To fulfill this role, OLG will retain control over lottery and gaming, but will expect the service provider to deliver many of the services related to the operation of lottery and gaming.

OLG will continue to work within the Province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program. OLG will also require the service provider to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

Background

In March 2012, OLG delivered a report to the Minister of Finance, outlining a proposal to modernize lottery and gaming in Ontario. The report contained three key recommendations:

  • Become more customer-focused;
  • Select qualified service providers for specific day-to-day operations of Lottery and Gaming; and
  • Renew OLG’s role in the conduct, management and oversight of Lottery and Gaming.

In May 2012, OLG initiated a fair and competitive procurement process by releasing two Requests for Information (RFIs)—one for gaming and one for lottery—to solicit feedback from potential service providers.

On November 30, 2012, OLG issued its first three RFPQs for nine gaming sites—one each for the Ottawa Area, Ontario East and Ontario North. Those three RFPQs closed in March 2013, and OLG is now undertaking its due diligence in evaluating the submissions to select service providers who will be eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for each Gaming Bundle.

On May 13, the Ontario Government announced that it has asked the Horse Racing Transition Panel to bring forward a long-term plan to implement recommendations from its final report. As part of modernization, OLG will work with the government to ensure that horse racing will be integrated with the provincial gaming strategy to ensure future revenue streams for the industry.

On May 17, 2013, the government announced a a new and equitable formula to determine the fee municipalities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility. The new formula will provide more money for host municipalities and will be fair and consistent for all municipalities across the province.

What are the next steps?

Once the RFPQ for the Southwest Gaming Bundle closes, OLG will evaluate the submissions it receives.

Interested service providers who are prequalified through the RFPQ process will be invited to participate in the RFP stage of the procurement process. The successful service provider for gaming facilities in the Gaming Zones that make up the Southwest Gaming Bundle will be selected from this group.

OLG will issue RFPQs for the remainder of the Gaming Zones, some in Gaming Bundles, in the coming months. Details pertaining to upcoming RFPQs, including the composition and number of additional Gaming Bundles are still being finalized.

Ensuring a Competitive Procurement Process

OLG is following the Ontario government’s procurement guidelines to ensure that the process is fair and competitive.

OLG has engaged an impartial Fairness Monitor and an Independent Fairness Advisor throughout the process to provide oversight on the integrity and fairness of procurement.

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OLG MODERNIZATION CONTINUES TO PROCEED WITH CLOSE OF REQUEST FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR LOTTERY

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today marked the close of its Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the modernization of lottery.

Issued on December 14, 2012, the RFPQ asked service providers to demonstrate their experience as it relates to the lottery business.

This includes:

  • Success in developing customer driven growth strategies;
  • An ability to operate complex and dynamic businesses;
  • Access to the resources, tools and technology needed to operate a sustainable lottery business; and
  • Capacity to lead the transition of customers, retailers, employees and technology to a new operating model.

“Today’s milestone is another indication that OLG’s modernization of lottery and gaming is proceeding well,” said Rod Phillips, OLG President and CEO.

OLG will now undertake its due diligence in evaluating the RFPQ submissions and select potential service providers who are eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) document.

Following the RFP process, OLG will select a qualified service provider. The service provider will be responsible for operating the day-to-day lottery business, recommending strategies to maximize the growth and success of the lottery business, developing products and marketing plans, as well as process and cost optimization. The service provider will also serve as a single point of contact for OLG by ensuring subcontractors deliver on OLG’s requirements.

“Revenue from our lottery business alone currently contributes $1 billion annually to the Ontario government,” said Phillips. “By modernizing our lottery business, we will increase efficiencies and expand options for lottery sales in a responsible manner, including introducing new games and innovation to make playing the lottery more convenient and engaging for our customers.”

In the future, OLG will continue its role in the conduct, management and oversight of lottery. This includes setting the overall strategy for lottery and managing the market by approving channel strategies and products.

OLG will continue to work within the province’s overall problem gambling strategy to contribute to the prevention and mitigation of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program. OLG will also require the service provider to follow the Responsible Gambling Standards that OLG has developed.

OLG has two impartial advisors providing oversight on the integrity and fairness of the procurement process.

OLG expects to select a new service provider to assume specific day-to-day operations of lottery later this year.

All Ontarians will benefit once the modernization of lottery and gaming is complete.

OLG currently provides nearly $2 billion annually to the Ontario government and modernization will enable OLG to grow that contribution to more than $3 billion a year. This money is used to help fund provincial priorities such as hospitals and municipal infrastructure.

In addition to increasing its financial contribution to the Province, a modern OLG will help create thousands of jobs and drive more than $3 billion in capital investments across Ontario.

For more details on the status of OLG’s procurement process for the modernization of lottery and gaming, visit: http://corporate.olg.ca/modernizing-lottery-and-gaming-in-ontario-project-status/

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OLG MODERNIZATION OF GAMING CONTINUES TO PROCEED WITH CLOSE OF RFPQ

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today marked the close of its Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the Ontario North Gaming Bundle, which was issued on November 30, 2012, as part of OLG’s first wave of gaming RFPQs.

On March 7, 2013, OLG announced the close of the Ottawa Area and the Ontario East Gaming Bundle RFPQs.

“We’re continuing on the path to a modernized lottery and gaming system in Ontario,” said Rod Phillips, OLG President and CEO. “Along with the two RFPQs that closed last week, we will now undertake our due diligence in evaluating the RFPQ submissions for northern Ontario.”

This RFPQ was based on a Gaming Bundle, so interested service providers were required to submit proposals for the entire Gaming Bundle as set out in the RFPQ, not for individual Gaming Zones or Gaming Sites contained within the Gaming Bundle. This means that service providers had to demonstrate their ability to assume specific day-to-day operations of multiple facilities.

OLG will select service providers who are eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) document for the North and East Gaming Bundles, as well as the Ottawa Area.

As part of the RFP process, pre-qualified service providers will be able to propose the construction of a new gaming site anywhere within a Gaming Zone, where there is municipal support.

However, all successful proponents will need to work with their host municipalities on specifics about a gaming facility, including selecting a preferred location. Before any site is built or relocated, three parties will need to agree—the municipality, the service provider and OLG, on behalf of the Ontario government.

OLG has two impartial advisors providing oversight on the integrity and fairness of the procurement process.

While the new gaming model will include securing qualified service providers for the day-to-day operation of gaming, OLG will continue its role in the conduct, management and oversight of lottery and gaming. OLG will also continue to help prevent and mitigate the effects of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program, and at four gaming sites, by the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada’s RG Check program.

In the coming months, OLG will launch RFPQs for the remaining Gaming Zones—some in Gaming Bundles. All RFPQs will be available on MERX™ (www.merx.com/olg). MERX™ charges a fee to download this type of material.

On December 14, 2012, OLG also issued a RFPQ for the modernization of the province’s lottery industry. That RFPQ will close on April 4, 2013.

OLG contributes nearly $2 billion annually to the Ontario government. The vast majority of this funding is directed to hospitals and health care.

Once the modernization of lottery and gaming in Ontario is complete, OLG will have increased its net contribution to the Province by $1.3 billion annually, while creating thousands of jobs and driving more than $3 billion in capital investment across Ontario.

For more details on Gaming Zones/Bundles, visit:OLG’s Modernization Project Status Page

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $36 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Proceeds from OLG’s operations help support Ontario’s hospitals, amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities.

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OLG MODERNIZATION OF GAMING CONTINUES TO PROCEED WITH CLOSE OF FIRST TWO RFPQS

TORONTO, ON – Nearly one year after the modernization of lottery and gaming in Ontario was announced, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today marked the close of its Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the Ottawa Area and the Ontario East Gaming Bundle.

These two RFPQs were issued along with the RFPQ for the Ontario North Gaming Bundle on November 30, 2012, as part of OLG’s first wave of gaming RFPQs.

As a result of an addendum issued on March 4, 2013, the RFPQ closing date for the Ontario North Gaming Bundle has been extended to March 14, 2013.

“With the close of the RFPQs today, we’re continuing with the modernization of lottery and gaming in Ontario,” said Rod Phillips, OLG President and CEO. “We will now undertake our due diligence in evaluating the RFPQ submissions.”

Where the RFPQ was based on a Gaming Bundle, interested service providers were required to submit proposals for the entire Gaming Bundle as set out in the RFPQ, not for individual Gaming Zones or Gaming Sites contained within a Gaming Bundle. This means that service providers must demonstrate their ability to assume specific day-to-day operations of multiple facilities in a given region or geographic area of Ontario.

OLG will select service providers who are eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) document for the Ottawa Area, as well as the East and North Gaming Bundles.

As part of the RFP process, pre-qualified service providers will be able to propose the construction of a new gaming site anywhere within a Gaming Zone, where there is municipal support.

However, all successful proponents will need to work with their host municipalities on specifics about a gaming facility, including selecting a preferred location.

“Municipalities have a choice when it comes to the location of new or relocated gaming sites,” said Phillips. “As part of its resolution, a municipality may indicate conditions of its approval, such as where the gaming site may or may not be located. Before any site is built or relocated, three parties will need to agree – the municipality, the service provider and OLG, on behalf of the Ontario government.”

OLG has two impartial advisors providing oversight on the integrity and fairness of the procurement process.

While the new gaming model will include securing qualified service providers for the day-to-day operation of gaming, OLG will continue its role in conduct, management and oversight of lottery and gaming. OLG will also continue to help prevent and mitigate the effects of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program, and at four gaming sites, by the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada’s RG Check program.

In the coming months, OLG will launch RFPQs for the remaining Gaming Zones – some in Gaming Bundles. All RFPQs will be available on MERX™ (www.merx.com/olg). MERX™ charges a fee to download this type of material.

On December 14, 2012, OLG also issued a RFPQ for the modernization of the province’s lottery industry. That RFPQ will close on April 4, 2013.

OLG contributes nearly $2 billion annually to the Ontario government. The vast majority of this funding is directed to hospitals and health care.

Once the modernization of lottery and gaming in Ontario is complete, OLG will have increased its net contribution to the province by $1.3 billion annually, while creating thousands of jobs and driving more than $3 billion in capital investment across Ontario.

For more details on Gaming Zones/Bundles, visit:/who-we-are/procurement/modernization-project-status/

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $36 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Proceeds from OLG’s operations help support Ontario’s hospitals, amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities.

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CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES IN PEMBROKE

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), together with the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association and Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario have made further progress in the revitalization of charitable bingo at Boardwalk Gaming in Pembroke with the introduction of new electronic games.

The goal of this revitalization is to ensure local charities have a viable way to fundraise to support local programs; to enhance local charitable operations and support local employment at the gaming centres; and to offer customers a new entertainment experience.

“Through the introduction of new electronic games, we are able to provide customers with new gaming choices and improve their customer experience” said George Sweny, Senior Vice President of Charitable and iGaming at OLG. “The revitalization of gaming at bingo centres will provide a new source of revenue for local charities to continue their important work in communities.”

Boardwalk Gaming Pembroke now offers customers the choice of new electronic games or the traditional paper-based games that have been played at bingo centres for years.

“Adding new electronic products to our traditional paper-based games enables us to revitalize the charitable gaming industry and provide a sustainable source of revenue for our associated charities to continue their important work in communities” said Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association.

The introduction of these new devices follows a successful 2005 pilot program which introduced e-bingo at six sites in five communities throughout the province which resulted in a significant increase of revenue raised for local communities. Since the launch of the pilot program, more than $43 million has been raised for Ontario charities.

“Boardwalk Gaming & Entertainment is pleased to partner with the local Charities in Pembroke, and Laurentian Valley Township, alongside the OLG to ensure the survival of charitable gaming in the Ottawa Valley” said Tom Aikins, Regional Manager of Boardwalk Gaming. “We are excited to present new bingo play options now and into the future as new products are added.”

More charitable gaming centres across the province will complete their revitalization in the coming months.

Backgrounder Charitable Gaming in Ontario

OLG is working closely with the Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario (CGAO) and the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA) to revitalize the province’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming industry. By developing and introducing new products and technologies that will invigorate the traditional charitable gaming experience, more money will be generated for thousands of local charities across the province. The revitalization initiative is intended to preserve and enhance funding for charities across Ontario while creating economic benefits, including employment opportunities, at local charitable gaming centres.

OLG introduced a pilot program in 2005 to test electronic versions of existing paper-based bingo games to six charity bingo centres in five communities in Ontario. These pilot centres in Barrie, Kingston, Peterborough, Sudbury and Windsor have since raised $43 Million for local charities.

Following the success of this pilot project, OLG is beginning a phased rollout of a new suite of electronic games to other charitable gaming sites in the province. This new breed of charitable games will offer customers more choice and complement existing paper bingo games. Offerings will include:

  • 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.
  • Break Open Ticket dispenser: The evolution of the classic Break Open Ticket features an interactive display screen on a ticket dispenser.

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

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $36 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Proceeds from OLG’s operations help support Ontario’s hospitals, amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities.

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OLG TAKES NEXT STEP TO MODERNIZE LOTTERY IN ONTARIO

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today began the next step forward in modernizing the province’s lottery industry by issuing a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ). The purpose of the RFPQ is to pre-qualify service providers for the day-to-day operation of lottery in Ontario.

At this stage in the process, potential service providers are being asked to demonstrate their experience as it relates to the lottery business. This includes:

  • Success in developing customer driven growth strategies;
  • Ability to operate complex and dynamic businesses;
  • Access to the resources, tools and technology needed to operate a sustainable lottery business; and
  • Capacity to lead the transition of customers, retailers, employee and technology to a new operating model.

“By modernizing our lottery business, we will increase efficiencies, expand options for lottery sales, and introduce new games and innovation to the system,” said Rod Phillips, OLG President and Chief Executive Officer. “We want to make playing the lottery more convenient and engaging for our customers.”

Based on the responses it receives from the RPFQ, OLG will identify service providers eligible to receive and respond to the Request for Proposal (RFP), the next stage in OLG’s procurement process for modernizing lottery.

Following the RFP, OLG will select a qualified service provider to be the Lottery Integrator, Technology Lead and Marketing and Sales Lead.

The service provider will be responsible for recommending strategies to maximize the growth and success of the lottery business, developing products and marketing plans, operations, and process and cost optimization. It will also serve as a single point of contact for OLG by being responsible for everything subcontractors do and ensuring they deliver on OLG’s modernization requirements.

In the future, OLG will continue its role in the conduct, management and oversight of lottery. This includes setting the overall strategy for lottery, managing the market by approving channel strategies and approving products.

OLG will also continue to prevent and mitigate the effects of problem gambling through its Responsible Gambling program, which is recognized internationally by the World Lottery Association’s certification program.

The issuance of this Lottery RFPQ follows a successful Request for Information (RFI) process, through which OLG received more than 30 submissions.

“We’re very pleased with the level of interest in our business and the extent of the information provided to us through the RFI,” said Phillips. “It’s clear that there is a lot of interest in the opportunities Ontario has to offer when it comes to lottery.”

OLG has two impartial advisors providing oversight on the integrity and fairness of the procurement process.

Once the modernization of lottery and gaming in Ontario is complete, OLG will have increased its net contribution to the province by $1.3 billion annually, while creating thousands of jobs and driving more than $3 billion in capital investment across Ontario.

Interested service providers must respond to the Lottery RFPQ by April 4, 2013.

OLG will continue to issue RFPQs for the modernization of gaming in Ontario. The first wave of gaming RFPQs was released on Friday, November 30, 2012.

All RFPQs will be available on MERX™ (www.merx.com/olg). MERX™ charges a fee to download this type of material.

Additional information is available in the media section at www.OLG.ca:

  • OLG Backgrounder, which provides more details about the Lottery RFPQ and OLG’s Modernization Procurement Process 
  • Summary of the Lottery RFPQ

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BACKGROUNDER- LOTTERY REQUEST FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION

OLG has initiated the next phase of the procurement process to modernize the lottery in Ontario by issuing a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ). The RFPQ will allow OLG to pre-qualify service providers for the day-to-day operation of lottery in Ontario.

Interested service providers must respond to the RFPQ by April 4, 2013. The RFPQ is available on MERXTM (http://www.merx.com/olg).

 

Background

In March 2012, OLG delivered a report to the Minister of Finance, outlining a proposal to modernize lottery and gaming in Ontario. The report contained three key recommendations:

  • Become more customer-focused
  • Select qualified service providers for specific day-to-day operations of Lottery and Gaming; and
  • Renew OLG’s role in the conduct, management and oversight of Lottery and Gaming.

OLG’s modernization of lottery and gaming in Ontario is underway and once complete, OLG will have increased its net contribution to the province by $1.3 billion annually, while creating thousands of jo