JAYS CARE FOUNDATION TAKES PART IN NEW ELECTRONIC 50/50 RAFFLE PILOT PROGRAM
TORONTO – A new partnership between the Jays Care Foundation and the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) is creating a new game day tradition for Toronto Blue Jays baseball fans which will benefit charities across Ontario.
Just in time for the Blue Jays’ home opener, OLG is introducing a new electronic 50/50 raffle system at the Rogers Centre. State-of-the-art handheld devices will replace the existing manual 50/50 raffles. The change will help raise more money for charities supported by the Jays Care Foundation and provide larger prizes for raffle players.
Electronic 50/50 raffle draws are also available at Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Rock and Ottawa Senators home games. Sales at these games started in September 2014, which has resulted in significantly increased money raised for the Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (MLSE) Foundation and the Ottawa Senators Foundation.
Highlights of the new electronic 50/50 raffle program include:
- More excitement for players: Electronic 50/50 features real-time displays of total prize money available in the jackpot.
- Improved access: Electronic 50/50 allows sellers to reach more patrons and allows longer ticket sales to increase money for charities and provide larger jackpots.
- Greater integrity and accuracy: Electronic 50/50 systems register and record all transactions and tickets.
- Improved security and accountability: With electronic 50/50, each and every dollar is tracked in real-time.
Results from electronic 50/50 ticket sales at the Rogers Centre, in addition to continued sales from draws at the Air Canada Centre and the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, will provide more data in order to evaluate this pilot program.
OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is leading the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.
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