See who’s playing in 2021
38% of Ontario adults are Current lottery players.
This means they bought a lottery ticket at least once in the past two months. This represents about 4.6 million adult Ontarians.
54% of Ontario adults bought a lottery ticket in the past 12 months.
About half (56%) exclusively purchased draw based games like LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX.
Approximately 14% of Ontario adults are Core lottery players (buys lottery tickets once a week or more).
These players are included within the Current player definition (part of the 38%).
Current Players vs. Non-Players
Current lottery players are more likely than Non-Players to be 35 or over, male, community college educated, working full time outside the home or retired and to have somewhat higher household income levels.
|55 OR OVER||46%||34%|
|OTHER/PREFER NOT TO SAY||2%||2%|
|High School or less||20%||19%|
|EMPLOYMENT STATUS||CURRENT PLAYERS||NON-PLAYERS|
|Working Full-time Outside Home||55%||45%|
|Currently Not Employed||10%||7%|
|HOUSEHOLD INCOME||CURRENT PLAYERS||NON-PLAYERS|
|$100,000 and over||34%||27%|
|Not Stated/Prefer Not to Answer||19%||23%|
Games They Play
Among Current Players, in the past two months:
- About half (56%) exclusively purchased Draw Based games (e.g. LOTTO 6/49, LOTTO MAX, etc.), and do not purchase INSTANT or Sports games.
- In comparison, only six per cent purchased INSTANT tickets exclusively (no Draw Based or Sports games).
- 37% purchased both Draw Based and INSTANT tickets (with or without Sports).
- Three per cent purchased a Sports lottery ticket (PRO•LINE, POINT SPREAD, PROPS or POOLS).
Information for this report comes from OLG’s continuous tracking survey of the Ontario lottery market. Approximately 300 adults are interviewed by telephone and cellphone each month. Results are for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2020.
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*May not total 100 due to rounding