OLG CELEBRATES ONTARIO’S QUEST FOR GOLD ATHLETES AT TOKYO SUMMER GAMES

OLG and CBC partner to chronicle “The Quest” of five Ontario athletes

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and its employees are proud supporters of the Team Canada athletes that will “Go for Gold” at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. We are particularly excited to watch all the athletes from Ontario, especially those who have benefited from the Quest for Gold program, as they compete for the podium.

Since 2006, the Ontario Government and OLG have worked together to provide direct financial support to high-performance amateur athletes through the Quest for Gold program. The funds enhance the ability of these Olympic-bound athletes to train by reducing financial burden. Quest for Gold dollars can be used to offset costs of training and living expenses, including rent, training camps, equipment and tuition/education-related expenses.

“OLG takes great pride in our longstanding support of Ontario’s Quest for Gold athletes,” said Duncan Hannay, OLG’s President and CEO. “We get excited every time we launch a Quest for Gold series of lottery tickets featuring incredible homegrown athletes and are delighted when we can highlight their stories and achievements in our community outreach. OLG admires and champions these talented athletes, who are always striving to be the best. Good luck in Tokyo!”

OLG is now partnering with the CBC, the official broadcaster of the Tokyo games, to sponsor “The Quest,” a five-episode series featuring inspiring stories about key members of Team Canada from Ontario who benefited from the Quest for Gold Program. The series spotlights five athletes from across the province, to help all Canadians understand their unique determination to get to the Olympics:

  • Ghislaine Landry from Toronto – Rugby
  • Rosie MacLennan from King City – Gymnastics
  • Margaret MacNeil from London – Swimming
  • Kylie Masse from Windsor – Swimming
  • Melissa Humana-Paredes from Toronto – Beach Volleyball

“The Quest” features will air during Olympic coverage on CBC with encore airings on TSN and Sportsnet. You can also follow the stories via @OntarioLottery on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and look for #OLGxTheQuest.

The Quest for Gold Program has provided $6.3 million in annual funding to Ontario athletes since its inception 15 years ago. In that time, the percentage of Ontario athletes on Canada’s Summer Olympics Team has increased from 37 per cent in 2004 to 48 per cent in Tokyo 2020, and on the Winter Olympics Team from 19 per cent in 2006 to 31 per cent in 2018. In the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and Paralympics, 36 of the 38 Ontario athletes who medaled were Quest for Gold Program recipients.

Best of luck to Team Canada in Tokyo!

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OLG ADDS NEW DIGITAL GAMING PROVIDER AND EXCITING BONUSING TO OLG.CA

OLG.ca registration soaring, online games to double in 2021-2022

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has added AGS to its exciting roster of digital game providers. This new partnership will see AGS provide 25 new slot-style games to the increasingly popular OLG.ca gaming platform.

A digital version of player-favourite casino game Golden Wins® is now available on OLG.ca, the trusted digital platform of choice in Ontario. Additional titles from AGS will follow in the coming weeks. New players can sign up now at OLG.ca to receive up to $300 in total casino bonus funds and give Golden Wins®  a spin.

“We strive to give our OLG.ca customers enhanced choice and access to new, fresh, cutting-edge games in a safe and secure online environment,” said Dave Pridmore, OLG Chief Digital and Strategy Officer. “Introducing new suppliers like AGS to Ontario enables us to deliver the experiences our players want while keeping those dollars in our province for the benefit of Ontarians. That’s what sets us apart from competitors.”

OLG launched its new OLG.ca gaming platform with Bede Gaming in October 2020, which has seen growth in player registration of 120 per cent in 2020-2021. OLG and Bede will add further convenience and choice for players this summer with new apps for iOS and Android that are easy to use one-stop shops to buy lottery tickets and play casino games, check tickets bought in-store and find game and jackpot information.

AGS is known for its industry-leading slot machines with exciting bonus features that engage new and experienced players. With the addition of AGS and other providers later this year, OLG intends to double the number of slot-style casino games available on OLG.ca to 300+ in 2021-2022. This expanded library of games is the first step in OLG’s digital growth strategy that will see new live casino and sports wagering features introduced in the coming months, providing best-in-class entertainment that resonates with our players and meets their evolving needs.

OLG.ca is Ontario’s only legal gambling website, with all proceeds benefitting the province. In addition to a wide variety of digital slot and casino games, it’s also the only place registered players can purchase tickets for popular lottery games like LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49 and ONTARIO 49. OLG’s award-winning PlaySmart program is integrated into the site at players’ fingertips so they can get the facts before they play and make informed choices to keep gambling fun.

OLG is constantly updating available lottery and casino bonuses and promotions with new and exciting offers. Find information on all available promotions and see our recent winners on OLG.ca.

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; 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 approximately $55 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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OLG PRIZE CENTRE LIMITING IN-PERSON PRIZE CLAIMS DUE TO TORONTO LOCKDOWN

TORONTO, ON – The health and safety of our customers, our employees and all Ontarians remains a priority for OLG.

Consistent with provincial orders which place the City of Toronto on lockdown effective November 23, 2020, the OLG Prize Centre at Yonge and Dundas Street in Toronto is temporarily limiting in-person prize claims as of 3 p.m. Saturday, November 21, 2020:

  • Customers with prize claims of $50,000 or more are asked to call the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options. OLG is reducing the number of in-person appointments per day.
  • Customers should continue to mail-in prize claims of $1,000 to $49,999.90. We ask our valued customers to follow the instructions on OLG.ca.
  • Customers can continue to redeem lottery prizes of up to $999.90 at any one of the approximately 10,000 lottery retail outlets provincewide. The payment of these prizes is subject to the availability of cash at specific outlets.

OLG is contacting lottery players with previously scheduled prize claim appointments after November 21, 2020 to advise of changes and discuss alternate arrangements.

The OLG Prize Centre is unable to provide walk-in service at this time. We thank our customers for their patience and encourage use of alternative arrangements offered by OLG.

OLG’s popular lottery games including LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, DAILY GRAND, ONTARIO 49 and DAILY KENO remain available for purchase from lottery retail locations and on OLG.ca.

If you buy lottery tickets on OLG.ca and win a prize:

  • Lottery winnings of up to $999.90 will be automatically credited to your account and you will be notified by email.
  • For winnings between $1,000 and up to $99,999.90, you will be asked to fill out a Lottery Prize Claim Declaration Form. Once you’ve submitted the form, OLG will either credit your OLG account or contact you with next steps.
  • For lottery prizes of $100,000 or more, you will be asked to submit a Lottery Prize Claim Declaration Form. OLG will contact you with next steps using the available alternatives.

These changes will be in effect for a minimum of 28 days and will be updated as necessary to align with direction from provincial health officials. OLG continues to contribute to provincial efforts to limit community transmission of COVID-19 and keep Ontarians safe.

We remain committed to our customers and apologize for any inconvenience due to time-limited health measures.

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; 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 approximately $55 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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OLG ESTABLISHES CPA TRAINING OFFICE

TORONTO/SAULT STE MARIE, ON – In partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario), OLG is launching a CPA Training Office at its corporate headquarters in Sault Ste. Marie.

Through the office, university graduates registered in the CPA designation program will have the opportunity to earn practical qualifications while working toward their designation. Candidates will receive on-the-job mentoring and support from senior finance leaders, while rotating through different business areas.

Students will benefit by gaining on-the-job experience, have support during the exam process and receive mentorship from experienced CPAs at OLG. Program participants will work with finance professionals with varied backgrounds, designations and education, making this an ideal opportunity to receive mentorship and get support during the exam process.

Selected students will participate in a 30-month program; 18 months will be spent in External Reporting and 12 months in Financial Planning & Analysis. Establishing a CPA Training Office supports OLG’s commitment to Sault Ste. Marie.

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OLG SIGNS CASINO OPERATING AND SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR WEST GTA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has signed a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA) with Ontario Gaming West GTA LP (OGWGLP) for the West GTA Gaming Bundle.

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

OGWGLP now assumes responsibility for the day-to-day operations and assets of OLG Casino Brantford; OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack; OLG Slots at Flamboro Downs; and OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway.

OGWGLP is a Canadian partnership comprised of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (“Great Canadian”) and Clairvest Group Inc. Great Canadian will operate the gaming facilities within the West GTA Gaming Bundle on behalf of the partnership.

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

Founded in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a BC based company that operates 28 gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in Ontario, British Columbia, 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 2017, over 1,900 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 management firm that invests its own capital, and that of third parties through the Clairvest Equity Partners 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.

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OLG Statement on Long-Term Funding Agreement for Horse Racing

Today, Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO, released the following statement on the long-term funding agreement for horse racing in Ontario:

“The long-term funding agreement for Ontario’s horse racing industry announced today will provide nearly two decades of stable funding for a sustainable industry in the province.

This agreement is the result of collaboration with our partners in the horse racing sector as well as the Ontario government. It incorporates feedback from industry stakeholders and promotes broad representation of all members of the industry.

Effective April 1, 2019, OLG will fund the agreement, which will provide up to $105 million each year for 19 years and is designed to benefit the entire industry, including all racetracks, breeds and horsepeople in Ontario.

A renewed Ontario Racing, expanded to represent the interests of the whole industry, will oversee the allocation of the long-term funding.

Horse racing employs thousands of people across the province and is an important part of rural economies in Ontario. Today’s announcement of a long-term funding agreement is a significant step toward ensuring the vitality of the industry for generations to come.”

OLG MARKS START OF CONSTRUCTION OF NIAGARA FALLS ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Today Stephen Rigby, President and CEO of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), was joined by the Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls, and Joe Dicosimo, President of Hospitality Resorts Inc., partner of the Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners GP, at the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new large-scale Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre (NFEC) in downtown Niagara Falls.

“Niagara Falls has always been a great draw for visitors and tourists, so it’s important we do what we can to drive economic development, create good jobs and attract more businesses to the region,” said Minister Charles Sousa. “Since the first casino opened 21 years ago, the province has made significant financial contributions to Niagara Falls. The new entertainment centre is a formidable project that will go a long way toward building long-term economic prosperity.”

Expected to open in 2019, the new entertainment centre will accommodate larger concerts, shows and attractions and is expected to draw more visitors to the City of Niagara Falls and OLG’s Niagara casinos.

“The development of the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre demonstrates OLG’s commitment to enhancing the entertainment experience for our customers,” said Stephen Rigby. “Providing access to concerts, shows and attractions will help promote greater economic development and tourism activity while generating revenues for both the Province of Ontario and the Niagara Region.”

The state-of-the-art centre will invest approximately $132 million, feature more than 5,000 seats and create over 800 construction and entertainment industry jobs in the city and surrounding area. The NFEC will be located adjacent to Fallsview Casino Resort, next to the Hilton Hotel and connected to the casino by an enclosed pedestrian walkway.

“We are excited to break ground on this facility which will be a highlight to both the people of our community and our tourism industry,” said Mayor Jim Diodati. “Having an entertainment centre that can host big acts will bring more quality shows to Niagara Falls while encouraging continued economic growth as well. This is a big win for our City!”

“We are pleased to be a part of this exciting project,” said Joe DiCosimo. “The Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre will provide visitors to the Niagara Falls area with another exceptional first class experience.”

The future service provider for the Niagara Gaming Bundle will be responsible for day-to-day operation of the entertainment centre. OLG expects to announce the successful service provider for the bundle in summer 2018.

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OLG SELECTS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR GTA GAMING BUNDLE

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Ontario Gaming GTA LP (OGGLP) as the service provider for the GTA Gaming Bundle, following a competitive procurement process. The Canadian partnership is comprised of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (“Great Canadian”) and Brookfield Business Partners LP (“Brookfield Business Partners”).

“OLG’s land-based gaming modernization is bringing new employment and investment to communities across Ontario while improving our contribution to the Province,” said Stephen Rigby, President and CEO, OLG. “OGGLP is a partnership that includes global leadership in infrastructure development combined with significant experience in world-class gaming, entertainment and hospitality development in Ontario and across North America.”

“We thank OLG for the award of the GTA Bundle on behalf of the partnership,” stated Rod N. Baker, Great Canadian’s President and CEO. “Great Canadian has a long gaming history in Canada and Ontario and in collaboration with OLG and our partners to deliver gambling responsibly. We look forward to this historic opportunity to service Canada’s largest metropolitan region.”

“We are excited to have been selected by OLG to operate the GTA Bundle,” said Cyrus Madon, CEO, Brookfield Business Partners. “We look forward to working closely with Great Canadian. We will bring our capabilities in operations, development and retail to the Partnership to deliver expanded gaming options and premier entertainment that will enhance the experience of patrons and contribute to the surrounding communities.”

Great Canadian and Brookfield Business Partners will each hold a 49 per cent interest in OGGLP. Clairvest Group Inc. will hold a two per cent interest. Great Canadian will operate the gaming facilities within the GTA Bundle on behalf of the Partnership.

OLG has entered into a Transition and Asset Purchase Agreement with OGGLP for the GTA Gaming Bundle, which sets out the customary closing conditions to be satisfied for OLG and OGGLP to enter into a 22-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA). Under the COSA, OGGLP will take over day-to-day operations of OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack, OLG Slots at Ajax Downs and Great Blue Heron Casino.

OLG expects that the service provider will assume operations in early 2018. OGGLP is required to follow all applicable laws including AGCO’s standards that require, among other things, rigorous Responsible Gambling (RG) policies and programs. OLG has an internationally recognized RG program and embeds its high standards for RG into the contracts it has with service providers.

Unionized employees will transfer to the service provider under the terms and conditions of their current collective agreement, per the Ontario Labour Relations Act. OGGLP will retain non-unionized employees for a period of no less than 12 months and will provide all eligible employees with benefits and a registered pension plan.

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

  • Provide strategic oversight of the GTA Gaming Bundle and Ontario gaming marketplace—including approvals related to material operational changes
  • 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 Contribution Agreement payments to host communities.

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 $2.3 billion annually, OLG provides the provincial government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a Canadian based company that operates gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Washington State. The Company has 22 gaming properties, which consists of fourteen casinos, four horse racetrack casinos, three community gaming centres, one commercial bingo hall and four Diamond resort hotels in Richmond, British Columbia and in Moncton, New Brunswick. A key element of Great Canadian’s business model is its commitment to social responsibility. “PROUD of our people, our business, our community” is Great Canadian’s brand that unifies the company’s community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually invests over $2.5 million in our communities, and in 2016, over 1,500 charitable organizations were supported by Great Canadian. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.

Brookfield Business Partners is a business services and industrial company focused on owning and operating high-quality businesses within Brookfield’s private equity group that benefit from barriers to entry and/or low production costs. Brookfield Business Partners is listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Further information is available at http://bbu.brookfield.com. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information. Brookfield Business Partners is the flagship listed business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $250 billion of assets under management. For more information, go to www.brookfield.com.

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TICKET WORTH $20,000 UNCLAIMED IN BRAMPTON

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim a PICK 4 prize worth $20,000 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 Sunday, August 21, 2016 PICK 4 – EVENING draw were 4 – 7 – 3 – 0.

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, August 21, 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 ANNOUNCES SELECTED PROPONENT FOR NIAGARA FALLS ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

 TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners to design, build, finance and maintain a new Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre (NFEC).

This is another important step as OLG continues to partner with the private sector to enhance the entertainment experience for customers.

On July 11, 2017, OLG announced that Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners was the preferred proponent for the project, pending the close of financial and commercial transactions. Those transactions were completed today.

The entertainment centre will be located adjacent to Fallsview Casino Resort, next to the Hilton Hotel and connected to the casino by an enclosed pedestrian walkway.

The project is expected to result in an initial capital investment of over $130 million and create more than 800 direct jobs associated with the construction and ongoing maintenance and operations of the facility.

The NFEC is a critical part of the modernization of the Niagara casinos. The facility will accommodate larger concerts, shows and attractions and is expected to draw more visitors to the City of Niagara Falls and OLG’s Niagara casinos.

OLG expects the new entertainment centre to open in mid-2019. It will be operated by the service provider OLG selects for the Niagara Gaming Bundle.

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Statement from OLG on the Labour Disruption at the Slots at Woodbine Racetrack

Toronto, July 14, 2017 – OLG and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) were unable to reach a collective agreement for gaming floor employees at Woodbine prior to the legal strike/lockout deadline of July 14, 2017 at 12:01 a.m.

OLG respects the collective bargaining process and we treat our employees fairly and respectfully.  We are open to having discussions with PSAC at any time to resolve the issues in dispute.

OLG has made wage and lump sum proposals which are fair and reasonable, and we are willing to put our offer before an arbitrator.

The Slots at Woodbine Racetrack will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which will enable OLG to continue to provide the Province and the people of Ontario with contributions for important priorities such as health care, education, amateur sport and charities.

OLG LAUNCHES $5 INSTANT IN THE MONEY MULTIPLIER

TORONTO, ON – OLG is taking another step to raise the profile of the Ontario horse racing industry by launching a new horse-themed lottery ticket called $5 INSTANT IN THE MONEY MULTIPLIER.

“This is the fourth horse-themed product OLG has released in less than two years,” said Cal Bricker, Senior Vice President, Horse Racing. “The launch of our new INSTANT game will help build excitement and expand awareness about horse racing in Ontario.”

The INSTANT game costs $5 and features six top prizes of $100,000. It also includes a second chance contest customers can enter for a chance to win one of 500 prize packages valued at approximately $100 that include betting vouchers for Ontario racetracks and a soft shell jacket.

The new INSTANT ticket is available at lottery retailers located within 200km of an Ontario racetrack.

OLG has previously released Fire Horse, an online slots game, launched in December 2015; THE CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN INSTANT game, an INSTANT lottery ticket, launched in May 2016; and Champion Raceway, an online slot game, launched in May 2017.

OLG is continuing to work in partnership with the horse racing industry and Ontario government to help build a more sustainable future for the industry.

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FINAL DRAW FOR NHL® LOTTO

With thanks to our customers who have played the NHL® LOTTO Watch ‘N Win game, OLG is removing the game from sale with the final draw taking place tonight, Monday June 26, 2017.

OLG would like to remind NHL® LOTTO players that tickets will be redeemable at OLG retailers for one year from the date on the ticket. NHL® LOTTO game information and winning numbers will remain available on olg.ca and at lottery retailers for one year after the final draw on June 26, 2017.

NHL® LOTTO is being ended due to declining customer interest and low ticket sales, especially when viewed against the need to revise the game this fall to accommodate the addition of a 31st NHL team.

Other Watch ‘N Win games available for play include POKER LOTTO and POKER LOTTO ALL-IN, MEGADICE LOTTO and WHEEL OF FORTUNE® LOTTO.

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INTRODUCING THE NEW OLG LOTTERY APP: CONVENIENT, FREE AND EASY TO USE!

Toronto, ON – Imagine having your very own portable lottery ticket checker at your fingertips, 24/7. Now you do – with the new OLG Lottery app. Checking your lottery tickets has never been easier or more convenient.

The OLG Lottery app offers Ontario players the convenience of scanning their lottery, INSTANT and sports tickets at any time to instantly find out if they are winners.

And there’s more! OLG Lottery app users can also view current jackpots and recent winning numbers, set reminders to buy tickets, check their OLG Lottery Gift Card balances and locate lottery retailers nearby.

“OLG lottery players asked for it, and we delivered!” said Wendy Montgomery, Senior Vice President of Lottery and iGaming. “The OLG Lottery app enhances the customer experience for Ontario players, providing them with a ticket checker that goes everywhere they go.”

The app also allows players to access information on OLG’s responsible gambling program by offering a direct link to PlaySmart.ca.

The OLG Lottery app is available as a free download in the App Store on iPhones and on Google Play for Android smartphones. Just look for this symbol:

OLG Lottery app logo

Must be 18 years of age or older to download and use the app.

Learn more at OLG Lottery.

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OLG SIGNS 20-YEAR CASINO OPERATING AND SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH GATEWAY CASINOS & ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED FOR NORTH 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 North Gaming Bundle, effective today.

The North Gaming Bundle includes:

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

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.

On December 13, 2016, OLG announced it had selected Gateway as the service provider for the North 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.

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TICKET WORTH $105,837 UNCLAIMED IN HAMILTON

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Time is running out to claim a LOTTO MAX prize worth $105,837.80 for a ticket sold one year ago in Hamilton. Players have one year from the original draw date to claim their prize.

The winning numbers for the Friday, June 10, 2016 LOTTO MAX draw were 5 – 11 – 15 – 26 – 27 – 33 – 39 with Bonus number 46. Players must match six of the seven main numbers, plus the Bonus number to win the $105,837.80 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, June 12, 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 $3.75 MILLION RAISED FOR MISSISSAUGA CHARITIES THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an important milestone in Mississauga. More than $3.75 million has been raised and has benefited the 32 charities which are part of the Mississauga Charitable Gaming 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.

Rama Gaming Centre Mississauga hosted the official celebration for the $3.75 million milestone, as this location converted to a Charitable Gaming Centre in 2013. Today’s event was attended by Bob Delaney, MPP Mississauga-Streetsville, Rick Gray, Vice President, 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 Bob Delaney, MPP Mississauga-Streetsville. “It is quite an achievement to raise $3.75 million to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations within our community. I want to commend the staff at Rama Mississauga, OLG, and most importantly, the many charities and their volunteers who have helped reach this milestone and continue to make the City of Mississauga a great community.”

“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 Mississauga,” said Rick Gray, Vice President, Charitable Gaming at OLG.

“Today is celebrating the wonderful success of Charitable Gaming in Mississauga,” 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 $155 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

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OLG LAUNCHES THE CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN INSTANT GAME

TORONTO, ON – OLG is continuing to integrate horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy by launching THE CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN INSTANT game, available now at lottery retailers across the province.

The INSTANT game costs $5 and features seven top prizes of $100,000. It also includes a second chance contest to win one of 10 VIP prize packages to the 2017 Queen’s Plate.

“The launch of the INSTANT game will help build excitement around the three premier thoroughbred races in the Canadian Triple Crown: the Queen’s Plate, the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Breeders’ Stakes,” said Cal Bricker, Senior Vice President, Horse Racing. “THE CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN INSTANT game is the latest horse-themed product launched by OLG and the first INSTANT game of its kind available to customers.”

Launching the INSTANT game will help increase public awareness of the industry while further demonstrating OLG’s support for horse racing in Ontario.

OLG is continuing to work in partnership with the horse racing industry and Ontario government to help build a more sustainable future for the industry. 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 rich heritage.

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March 9, 2016 – Lottery Scam – Fraudulent British Columbia Lottery Cheques

OLG has been made aware of a scam where fraudulent cheques that appear to have been issued by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) are targeting individuals in various parts of the country. If you have not initiated a lottery prize claim with BCLC, you should not trust an unsolicited cheque that appears to be from BCLC.

Anyone who receives an unsolicited cheque should not try to cash it. They should report it to BCLC’s Customer Support Centre at 1-866-815-0222.

The only time BCLC will mail a cheque is when a player mails a ticket to BCLC for a prize claim.

BCLC is working with law enforcement officials and has alerted its banks about the fraudulent cheques.

OLG SLOTS AT AJAX DOWNS THANKS THE TOWN OF AJAX FOR 10 GREAT YEARS

TORONTO, ON – OLG Slots at Ajax Downs is celebrating a decade of great gaming, strong community partnership and local economic benefits. Community leaders, local VIPs and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation officials marked the tenth anniversary with a special cake cutting celebration today.

“Since the opening of OLG Slots at Ajax Downs ten years ago, OLG has enjoyed a strong partnership with the Town of Ajax, and its residents,” said Stuart Walker, OLG Vice President of Gaming Operations. “We’re proud that through this partnership, Ajax has been able to support important local programs and initiatives, and we look forward to continuing to serve this community and providing great entertainment.”

The Town of Ajax has received more than $59.5 million in non-tax gaming revenue for being the host community since the Slots opened its doors on February 28, 2006. These funds have allowed the town to invest in multiple local initiatives, such as a new Fire Headquarters and Training Facility, a new Operations Centre, a new recreation centre and many upgrades to local roads and infrastructure.

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to OLG Slots at Ajax Downs. The Town of Ajax is pleased with the partnership between the municipality and OLG, that has provided numerous benefits throughout the community, said Steve Parish, Mayor of the Town of Ajax. “The employment opportunities, entertainment options and support of many local infrastructure projects are very much welcomed and appreciated by the residents of Ajax.”

OLG Slots at Ajax Downs employs 330 employees who have welcomed almost 15 million customers in the last decade.

“Our employees create excitement each and every day by providing our customers with a great gaming experience,” said Spencer Parazader, General Manager of OLG Slots at Ajax Downs. “We have 34 employees that have been with us since the start. Our customers look forward to being greeted with a friendly face when they walk through the doors,” he added.

Here are a few of outstanding team members at OLG Slots at Ajax Downs:

  • Arnel Paras, Slot Attendant and 15 year OLG employee, is known for always bringing the celebration when a patron hits a jackpot. His energetic personality is electrifying, spreading excitement throughout the gaming floor.
  • Taryn Snoddon, Group Sales Coordinator, helps create and build lasting community partnerships. She makes sure OLG Slots at Ajax is a known presence in the community through her work with local festivals and initiatives.
  • James Fry, Dual Rate Security Supervisor, instills healthy practices to his colleagues through a Wellness Committee. He was awarded the Silver Star by the Region of Durham’s Health Department.
  • Mandy Higgins, Food and Beverage Supervisor, led the Slots’ Bet on Green Team to remove 798 pounds of waste from Carruther’s Creek during the 2015 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

OLG has also been a proud community sponsor of many community events such as the Town of Ajax Volunteer Recognition Awards, Taste of Ajax, Ajax Home Week Fireworks and the Annual Business Excellence Awards.

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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February 19, 2016 – Telephone Lottery Scam

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is advising the public of a telephone lottery prize scam that is apparently operating across North American, including in Ontario.

Scammers are identifying themselves as calling from fictitious yet legitimate-sounding organizations such as “The Canadian Gaming and Lottery Commission” or the “International Lottery Commission”. These institutions do not exist.

The scam involves members of the public being told they have been selected as winners of major lottery prizes which can be claimed by paying a fee over the phone.

OLG does not conduct such phone calls, make such offers or ask for money over the phone.

Anyone receiving such a call should report the incident to police by calling the Canadian  Anti-Fraud Centre (formerly known as PHONEBUSTERS) at 1-888-495-8501 or at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

OLG lottery tickets and products can only be purchased at authorized OLG lottery retailers or on PlayOLG.ca.

Legitimate lottery tickets can be checked using the Ticket Checkers at authorized lottery retailers, select OLG Slots & Casino facilities or the Toronto Prize Centre. If you have won a prize, there are a variety of ways to claim your prize. For further details, please check OLG.ca – How to claim a Lottery Prize.

For any further questions, please contact the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098.

CONSUMER ALERT: TELEPHONE LOTTERY SCAM

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is advising the public of a telephone lottery prize scam that is apparently operating across North American, including in Ontario.

Scammers are identifying themselves as calling from fictitious yet legitimate-sounding organizations such as “The Canadian Gaming and Lottery Commission” or the “International Lottery Commission”. These institutions do not exist.

The scam involves members of the public being told they have been selected as winners of major lottery prizes which can be claimed by paying a fee over the phone.

OLG does not conduct such phone calls, make such offers or ask for money over the phone.

Anyone receiving such a call should report the incident to police by calling the Canadian  Anti-Fraud Centre (formerly known as PHONEBUSTERS) at 1-888-495-8501 or at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca

OLG lottery tickets and products can only be purchased at authorized OLG lottery retailers or on PlayOLG.ca.

Legitimate lottery tickets can be checked using the Ticket Checkers at authorized lottery retailers, select OLG Slots & Casino facilities or the Toronto Prize Centre. If you have won a prize, there are a variety of ways to claim your prize. For further details, please check OLG.ca – How to claim a Lottery Prize.

For any further questions, please contact the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098.

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OLG WANTS YOU TO PLAY SMART

PLAYSMART IS A COMPREHENSIVE GAMBLING EDUCATION RESOURCE 

TORONTO – Does buying more lottery tickets for a big jackpot help your chances of winning? Is there such a thing as a “hot” slot machine?  The answer to these questions and more can now be found by using a new program from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) called PlaySmart. 

PlaySmart is a suite of innovative resources providing our customers with tools, advice and information to help them play smart.

As global leader in Responsible Gambling (RG), OLG has designed PlaySmart to become Ontario’s most relevant and comprehensive gambling education resource.

PlaySmart’s goal is to help gamblers, new and seasoned, to better understand key gambling concepts, to know how the games work, and to base their play budgets on informed choices. In the coming years, OLG will expand PlaySmart by adding more resources it currently provides directly to players.

PlaySmart builds on OLG’s years of experience developing and managing Responsible Gambling programs,” says Paul Pellizzari, OLG’s Executive Director Policy & Social Responsibility. “It’s important to realize that all players can benefit from understanding the games they play. We want to provide the right information to the right players at the right time. We want you to play smart to keep gambling fun.”

Examples of PlaySmart tools and resources include:

  • PlaySmart.ca: An online resource, providing Ontarians with comprehensive gambling education about how games work.
  • My PlaySmart Tools: Slots outfitted with technology to allow the player to set spending and time thresholds on their play.
  • ATM Messaging: ATM screens at pilot gaming sites updated with useful tips from Credit Canada to encourage players to reflect on gambling spend.
  • Educational print and digital messages: Customers can access PlaySmart at all OLG’s lines of business – Slots and Casinos, lottery retailers, PlayOLG.ca and at 31 Charitable Gaming Centres across the province.

Also, other existing RG programs, such as the Responsible Gambling Resource Centres at 53 slot, casino and charitable gaming centres in Ontario will be redeveloped as PlaySmart centres.

“While PlaySmart helps people make better informed decisions about gambling, for players who have more serious issues with gambling, OLG provides information, assistance and referrals to free support services across the province,” said Mr. Pellizzari.

In 2015, OLG’s RG program was acknowledged by the World Lottery Association (WLA) as the Best Overall Responsible Gaming Program in the world. In addition, all OLG Slots and Casinos have earned RG Check accreditation by the Responsible Gambling Council. RG Check is recognized as the most rigorous Responsible Gambling (RG) accreditation program in the world.

More information is available on PlaySmart.ca, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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PlaySmart Backgrounder: Gambling/Lottery Myths and Truths

 

Myths and Truths

While 74 per cent of frequent gamblers consider themselves very knowledgeable about playing slots and games[1], there are still common misunderstandings and long-held myths that exist about gambling. PlaySmart, Ontario’s new comprehensive gambling education resource, is designed to take away the myths about gambling, not the fun.

 

Gambling

Myth: The longer you play, the more likely you are to win.

Truth: Slots machines, roulette wheels and card tables are based on randomness and chance. The outcome of any play cannot be predicted, nor can your chances of winning, no matter how long you play.

Myth: Staff at casinos and slot facilities can change game outcome.

Truth: Every play on a slot machine has a random outcome which means the outcome of any play cannot be predicted or controlled by casino staff.

Myth: Winning comes in streaks, so if you are on a winning streak, you should continue to play.

Truth: There’s no such thing as a winning streak. Games are based on randomness and the independence of events. Just because you’ve experienced a few wins, doesn’t mean you are going to win future plays.

Myth: If a slot machine hasn’t had a recent win, it’s due for one.

Truth: Every slot machine has a Random Number Generator. It’s a computer chip that is constantly running so every win or loss is entirely random. As such, slots have no predictable patterns and there’s no such thing as a machine that’s due to win.

Myth: Machines go on ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ streaks.

Truth: Every slot machine has a Random Number Generator. It’s a computer chip that is constantly running so every win or loss is entirely random. As such, each play is separate from the last and what happens in future plays is not related to what happened in past plays.

Myth: Hitting the stop button on a slot at just the right moment will cause a winning combination.

Truth: There is no strategy to improve your chances of winning because wins and losses are random events and every spin is independent of other spins. Slot machines use computers that randomly pick numbers to determine where the reels will stop. There is nothing you can do to the machine that will affect its outcome.

Myth: When playing roulette, if red has come up 14 times in a row, then betting black next will result in a win.

Truth: Roulette is based on randomness and the independence of events. Each play is separate from the last and what happens in future plays is not related to what happened in past plays.

Myth: The chances of winning are better at some times of the day than others, such as between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. for slot machines.

Truth: The outcome of any game play cannot be predicted, regardless of the time of day you choose to play.

Myth: If you’re smart, you can beat the odds playing table games.

Truth: Although most forms of gambling require no skill, skill can be applied to card games such as Blackjack and Poker. In these games, players have some room to apply their skill or knowledge, but the gambling operator will always have the house advantage. Advanced players may learn how to reduce their cost of play, but in the long run they too will almost always lose money.

 

Lottery

Myth: Choosing the same lottery numbers every week or choosing certain numbers will improve the chances of winning.

Truth: Every number combination has the same chance of being picked. The winning number selection is random and independent from previous draws. You cannot influence the outcome, so betting the same weekly numbers or choosing certain numbers won’t help you win.

Myth: Buying a lottery ticket when the jackpot is higher will help your odds.

Truth: Lottery numbers are drawn at random and are unrelated to any other factors.

Myth: Some lottery numbers are drawn more often than others.

Truth: Lottery numbers are drawn randomly. Any number is just as likely to be drawn as any other number.

Myth: If a store advertises they sold a winning lottery ticket, they will likely sell another.

Truth: The selection of winning lottery numbers is random and independent from previous draws.

Myth: Your chances of winning a lottery are better depending on where you purchase your ticket.

Truth: Lottery numbers are drawn randomly and are not impacted by where a ticket is purchased.

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PlaySmart Backgrounder: Player Categories

PlaySmart’s goal is to help OLG’s players, new and seasoned, better understand key gambling concepts, how the games work, base their play budgets on informed choices and how to enjoy the experience responsibly.

PlaySmart has developed the following categories to help players assess what type of player they are.

Player Categories

1. New Players – “I’m just looking for a new experience”

Those who’ve recently had their first experience with gambling or playing the Lottery. They may not consider Lottery a form of gambling.

  • Exploring a new form of entertainment
  • Driven by a desire to join in on the fun and dream big
  • Forming ideas about what gambling is
  • May have been exposed to online gambling sites
  • May not understand or may have preconceived notions of how Lottery or gambling odds work

2. Casual Players – “Let’s have some fun, but I’m still learning”

Infrequent gamblers or Lottery players with minimal experience or knowledge. They may not consider Lottery a form of gambling.

  • Occasionally buy a raffle or Lottery ticket
  • Make planned visits to slots and/or casinos with friends or if there’s a special occasion
  • May be playing Lottery looking for a brief escape (Instants), have practical dreams (playing Ontario-only Lotteries), have big aspiration dreams (playing National Lotteries) or a desire to apply their sports knowledge and strategy in a fun way
  • Gambling or playing Lottery is a novelty

3. Serious Social Players – “I know how to play and am in control”

Casual gamblers and Lottery players with moderate play and knowledge of gambling. They may not consider Lottery a form of gambling.

  • Started playing when they were younger
  • Gambling at slots and/or casinos is a main form of entertainment
  • It has become a part of their daily routine
  • Don’t always plan visits to slots and/or casinos and impromptu visits may be driven by “feeling lucky”
  • Gambling does not come before work or family, but is an important part of their lives
  • They likely have control over their gambling and Lottery activities

4. Possible Harm – “This used to be more fun, but if I stop I’ll never win”

Frequent and intense gamblers and Lottery players.

  • Started playing when they were younger
  • It’s likely gone beyond entertainment
  • They may be unaware they are starting to lose control
  • Their gambling and Lottery play may now be causing problems at work, home and/or with relationships
  • They may be feeling regretful about the money and time they are spending

5. Possible Uncontrolled – “I need to play!”

High-risk, problem gamblers who make frequent visits to Slots and/or Casinos or Lottery retailers.

  • Gambling and Lottery play may have taken over their lives
  • May be unable to control the urge to gamble or play Lottery, despite the harm
  • May use gambling and Lottery play to escape problems and relieve anxiety

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MORE THAN $100 MILLION RAISED FOR ONTARIO CHARITIES THROUGH CHARITABLE BINGO AND GAMING REVITALIZATION

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative is marking an incredible milestone. More than $100 million has been raised and has benefited local charities in communities across the province 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) and the Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario (CGAO).

Boardwalk Gaming Centre in Barrie hosted the official celebration for the $100 million milestone, as this location served as part of a pilot project for the province -wide revitalization initiative.

Helping to commemorate this milestone was Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie, who was representing the province of Ontario, Jeff Lehman, the Mayor of the City of Barrie, Greg McKenzie, OLG’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the OCGA and Peter McMahon, the CEO of the CGAO.

“OLG is proud to have raised more than $100 million with Ontario charities through the Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization initiative,” said Greg McKenzie, OLG’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, “OLG’s contributions help create stronger communities by supporting charities like local children’s groups, food banks and the arts in addition to support for healthcare and community services across the province.”

“I am proud to be part of the celebration honouring the great work charities are doing across the province,” said Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie. “Improving the way local charities raise the funds required to deliver essential programs is a priority.”

“We’ve been focused on modernizing Ontario’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming industry for more than a decade now and we’re excited to achieve this important milestone,” said Lynn Cassidy, Executive Director of the OCGA. “By introducing new and innovative games and improving the overall player experience, we are strengthening Charitable Gaming and helping raise more money for local charities.”

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

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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 2015) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling $24,898,286 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 provides host municipalities with significant funds every year to help communities invest in local programs, services and infrastructure projects such as community centres which benefits families,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Finance. “These funds directly support key public services like health care and education while strengthening the local economy.”

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 $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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WITH LOTTO MAX CANADIANS CAN CASH IN ON ALL THE LOTTERY EXCITEMENT IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD

Toronto, ON – As the world buzzes about the epic jackpot offered south of the border, we want to remind Ontario players that there are still chances to become a millionaire in Canada this week. Our homegrown LOTTO MAX lottery is offering a whopping $50 MILLION jackpot (estimated) plus 6 MAXMILLIONS prizes (estimated) worth $1 million each on Friday, January 15, 2016.

Why LOTTO MAX:

  • Easier to Play: Players can buy their LOTTO MAX ticket at any of our 10,000 retailers across Ontario or even online at PlayOLG.ca. No line ups!
  • More Chances of Winning: With LOTTO MAX in MAXMILLIONS mode, this Friday players have seven chances to win a prize of $1 million or more with just one ticket!
  • All for Here: Proceeds stay close to home. Proceeds from the sale of LOTTO MAX tickets go directly back to benefitting Canadians.
  • Tax-Free: Unlike in the United States, lottery prizes in Canada aren’t taxed. If you win the $50 million LOTTO MAX jackpot, you keep it all!
  • Better Odds: The odds of winning LOTTO MAX are 1 in 28 million – a long shot some may say but much better than the one in 292 million odds that the lottery south of the border

Since its launch in September 2009, Ontario LOTTO MAX players have won over $2.7 billion in prizes, including 43 jackpot wins and 286 winning MAXMILLIONS tickets from all across the province.

For each $5 play, LOTTO MAX players receive three sets of seven numbers ranging from one to forty-nine. Players must match all seven numbers, in any one set, to win the jackpot and the MAXMILLIONS prizes.

Players can purchase tickets at authorized OLG retailers or buy online at PlayOLG.ca until 10:30 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2016 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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FIRST BIG LOTTERY WIN SOLD THROUGH PLAYOLG

LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed $1 Million Winning Ticket Sold on OLG’s New Internet Gaming Site

Toronto, ON – OLG’s new internet gaming site, PlayOLG, has its first-ever million dollar lottery win! The winning ticket for the December 2, 2015 LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw was sold on PlayOLG, making this the biggest win on PlayOLG since the site launched last January.

“We’re pleased that one of our PlayOLG members has the winning ticket for the LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed $1 Million prize,” said John Mahony, OLG’s Vice-President, iGaming. “PlayOLG players should log into their accounts or check their email to see if they are a big winner!”

PlayOLG, the only Internet gaming site regulated by the Ontario government, launched province-wide in January 2015. It offers Ontarians a convenient way to purchase LOTTO 6/49, LOTTO MAX and ENCORE tickets, and features a wide range of interactive casino-style games, including slots and table games such as Blackjack, Baccarat, Single-player Poker and Roulette. Visit PlayOLG.ca for more information.

The next LOTTO 6/49 draw is on Saturday, December 5, 2015 for an estimated $7 million jackpot and the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draws. Ontario adults can purchase their tickets by registering with PlayOLG.ca or at lottery retailers by 10:30 p.m. 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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OLG LAUNCHES HORSE-THEMED SLOTS GAME ON PLAYOLG.CA

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is launching Fire Horse, an exciting new horse-themed product on PlayOLG.ca. The online slots game is the first of its kind on a new section of the website that is dedicated to horse racing. It includes information about the industry as well as a link to bet on horse racing online.

“Launching Fire Horse is the latest step OLG is taking in partnership with the horse racing industry and Ontario government to integrate horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy,” said Cal Bricker, OLG’s Senior Vice President of Horse Racing. “It represents progress on integration by using a new gaming platform to increase awareness of the industry while further demonstrating OLG’s support for horse racing in Ontario.”

Fire Horse is available to people who have registered with OLG’s online gaming website, PlayOLG.ca. It was developed in consultation with the horse racing industry and is the first horse-themed product released by OLG. Additional horse-themed products are expected to be released in the future.

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 rich heritage. By integrating horse racing into gaming, OLG is helping to create a sustainable industry in the province for generations to come.

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OLG LAUNCHES RFPQ FOR NIAGARA FALLS ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has taken another step toward a new Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre by posting a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) to the procurement website, MERXTM.

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.

“We’re proud to be part of the Niagara Falls community and want to help ensure the long-term competitiveness of Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara,” said Greg McKenzie, OLG’s Chief Operating Officer. “Non-gaming amenities, like an entertainment centre, are becoming increasingly important for gaming customers. They are essential to a natural tourist hub like the Niagara market.”

The Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre could contain approximately 5,000 to 7,000 seats and is intended to result in larger concerts, shows and attractions that will draw more visitors to the City of Niagara Falls and OLG’s Niagara casinos. Fallsview Casino Resort currently has a 1,500-seat entertainment centre.

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 on February 25, 2016, OLG will undertake its due diligence in evaluating the submissions. OLG expects to release the RFP to pre-qualified proponents in spring 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.

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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TICKET WORTH $1,000,000 UNCLAIMED IN TORONTO

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

The winning selection for the Monday, November 8, 2014 LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw was 49042223-02. 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, November 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 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 $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 MAKES SECOND-QUARTER PAYMENTS TO GAMING SITE HOST MUNICIPALITIES

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued second-quarter (July to September 2015) non-tax gaming revenue payments totalling $29,557,973 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 provides host municipalities with significant revenues every year which help communities invest in local priorities and infrastructure projects important to them,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance.  “These funds directly benefit vital public services like health care and education while contributing to enhancing the local economy.”

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

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

The winning selection for the Wednesday, October 22, 2014 LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw was 42383612-01. 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, October 22, 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 $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 RELEASES REMAINING GAMING RFPQS

TORONTO – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) continues its modernization of the province’s lottery and gaming industry with the launch of the remaining Requests for Pre-Qualification (RFPQs) for gaming. OLG is also issuing a Request for Information (RFI) for a potential privately-funded, multi-purpose entertainment centre in Niagara Falls.

Gaming RFPQs

The RFPQs include up to 10 Gaming Zones grouped into three Gaming Bundles:

  • GTA Gaming Bundle – Gaming Zones C2 (OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack); C3 (OLG Slots at Ajax Downs); and potentially C8 (Great Blue Heron Casino); 
  • Central Gaming Bundle – Gaming Zones C5 (OLG Slots at Georgian Downs); C6 (Casino Rama); and C7 (proposed new gaming site in Collingwood or Wasaga Beach); and
  • West GTA Gaming Bundle – Gaming Zones C4 (OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack); SW1 (OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway); SW2 (OLG Casino Brantford); and SW9 (OLG Slots at Flamboro Downs).

“These Gaming Bundles represent unique opportunities for service providers to leverage the success of our existing gaming sites, with their established customer bases and experienced employees,” said Rod Phillips, President and CEO, OLG. “This will also be an opportunity for a service provider to develop a new facility in Collingwood or Wasaga Beach.”

The RFPQ process enables OLG to create a list of qualified service providers who are then eligible to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for specific Gaming Bundles. OLG has been releasing RFPQs for the modernization of gaming in stages. The release of these RFPQs follows the RFPQs for Gaming Bundles in Southwestern Ontario, Ottawa Area, Ontario East and Ontario North.

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 RFP documents. OLG will begin the RFP process for gaming in the coming months by releasing RFP documents to selected service providers.

As part of the RFP process, pre-qualified service providers will, in some cases, 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 is important to understand the complexity of the 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,” said Phillips. “And where there is a slots at racetrack facility, a proposal has to make sense for the horse racing industry. Any new site or relocation of an existing site is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.”

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 work 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.

“Ensuring a vibrant horse racing industry is a critical consideration as OLG modernizes gaming,” said Phillips. “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.”

Modernization will enable OLG to provide additional revenues to the Province to help fund the operation of hospitals and other provincial priorities. At the same time, it could help create jobs in the industry across Ontario and trigger private sector investment.

While the new gaming model includes 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 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.

Interested service providers are required to submit proposals for an entire Gaming Bundle as set out in the RFPQ, not for individual Gaming Zones or gaming sites contained within the bundle. This means that service providers are being asked to demonstrate their ability to operate all facilities in a Gaming Bundle.

Service providers interested in the GTA, West GTA and Central Gaming Bundles must respond to the RFPQs by March 13, 2014.

Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre RFI

OLG is also launching a RFI to help gauge interest in the marketplace for developing and financing a potential Niagara entertainment centre. It is anticipated that the potential multi-purpose entertainment centre would be similar to, or larger in size and scale, than facilities at Caesars Windsor and Casino Rama.

Parties interested in the potential Niagara entertainment centre must respond to the RFI by March 3, 2014.

The RFI, as well as each of the RFPQs released today, will be available on MERXTM (www.merx.com/olg). MERXTM charges a small fee to download this material.

The following are also available in the media centre at OLG.ca:

  • OLG Backgrounder that provides more details regarding the GTA Gaming Bundle
  • OLG Backgrounder that provides more details regarding the RFPQs and OLG’s procurement process
  • OLG Maps of Gaming Bundles
  • Summaries of the RFPQ for each Gaming Bundle announced today
  • OLG Backgrounder that provides more details on a potential Niagara entertainment centre

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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BACKGROUNDER: GTA GAMING BUNDLE REQUESTS FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION

OLG has launched the Requests for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the GTA Gaming Bundle—Gaming Zone C2 (OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack); Gaming Zone C3 (OLG Slots at Ajax Downs), and potentially Gaming Zone C8 (Great Blue Heron Casino).

OLG’s business analysis determined that GTA customers are best served by having a single service provider manage all gaming operations in the GTA. Included in this group are OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack and Ajax Downs, and potentially, the Great Blue Heron Casino. A single service provider will help manage the regional market to maximize returns to the Province.

The service provider will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of gaming facilities in the bundle for approximately 22 years. If a GTA municipality expresses an interest in becoming a host for a gaming site over that 22 year period, the service provider for the GTA bundle would have a right of first opportunity to become the service provider for a new gaming site.

Municipal approval is essential for any expansion or new development. Any new facility or relocation of an existing site is subject to final approval from the Ontario government.

Horse Racing Integration

Ensuring a vibrant horse racing 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 racetracks 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.

Gaming Zone C2 (OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack)

OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack currently generates 20 per cent of all slot revenue for Ontario’s 24 gaming sites. In fact, it is one of the busiest gaming floors in North America.

Municipal approval is necessary for any expansion. On May 21, 2013, the City of Toronto decided against expansion of gaming at the Woodbine facility. OLG respects Council’s decision and all pre-qualified service providers will be made aware of this condition during the Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Gaming Zone C3 (OLG Slots at Ajax Downs)

OLG Slots at Ajax Downs provides an opportunity for a service provider to leverage the success of an existing site with its established customer base and experienced employees.

The official plan and municipal by-laws for the Town of Ajax, host of OLG Slots at Ajax Downs, currently permit only 800 Electronic Gaming Positions at the gaming site in Gaming Zone C3 and municipal approval for the introduction of Live Table Games is not yet in place.

Expansion of a current facility can only occur where there is municipal consent, customer interest and a viable business case.

Gaming Zone C8 (Great Blue Heron Casino)

OLG conducts and manages the slots operations at the Great Blue Heron Casino, while the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation’s charitable organization, the Baagwating Community Association, is licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to conduct and manage the table games at the facility.

A service provider currently manages the day-to-day operations of the slots at the Great Blue Heron Casino on behalf of OLG. The same service provider has a separate agreement to operate table games on behalf of the Baagwating Community Association.

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 may become part of the GTA Gaming Bundle. At that time, the service provider for the GTA Gaming Bundle would become the service provider for the Great Blue Heron Casino. Further details will be provided to pre-qualified respondents during the RFP process.

Including the potential opportunity to manage the Great Blue Heron Casino in the GTA Gaming Bundle provides an opportunity for the selected service provider to effectively manage gaming in the GTA market.

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