New technology expected to be rolled out Ontario in the second half of 2023
TORONTO, September 20, 2022 /CNW/ – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is pleased to announce that it is taking steps to launch approximately 1,400 self-service lottery terminals in select lottery store locations across the province, providing greater convenience to lottery enthusiasts.
“OLG is embracing innovative, self-service technology to provide safe, secure and convenient access to our popular lottery tickets,” said Duncan Hannay, the president and CEO of OLG. “Expanding and growing our lottery business is part of our plan to continuously improve the customer experience and provide innovative gaming experiences for players, while creating value for the province Ontario and our retail partners.”
“Our government is committed to ensuring that Ontario’s gaming market is innovative and responsive to the needs of both consumers and retailers,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. “With today’s announcement, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is making its lottery products more accessible while remaining committed to social responsibility.”
As a first step, OLG will engage its retail partners and other industry stakeholders to proactively build support and answer questions about the new terminals. Subject to further government approvals, it is planned to begin the roll-out of terminals at retail locations in the second half of 2023.
“Ontario Convenience Store Association (OCSA) members are committed to the highest standard of responsible retail practices and look forward to bringing this new technology to their stores,” said OCSA CEO, Dave Bryans. “We know that self-service options are important to customers and that these new terminals would improve the retail lottery experience – benefiting our members’ businesses and the significant economic contribution they make to Ontario.”
OLG has entered into an agreement with IGT Global Solutions Corporation (IGT) to provide the design and construction of self-service terminals.
“IGT is looking forward to the opportunity to introduce our self-service terminals as OLG responsibly enhance the player experience in Ontario,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Global Lottery. “Our self-service terminals are built on IGT’s decades of experience designing and implementing some of the industry’s most advanced self-service solutions. Ontario would include responsible gambling functionality and AODA compliant accessibility features to enhance convenience for all lottery players.”
OLG prioritizes player health when developing our products. Bespoke responsible gambling messages, as well as an age statement at the time of purchase, would be fully integrated into the self-service terminals.
At OLG we play for Ontario. One hundred percent of the proceeds from our lottery games are reinvested in the province to support provincial priorities and build strong communities.
OLG is a crown agency that contributes to a better Ontario by providing great entertainment experiences to our customers. OLG acts in a socially responsible manner and manages and operates land-based gambling facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; Internet gaming; and the supply of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centers. OLG also helps support the horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has approximately $55 billion to the people and the province Ontario to support key government priorities such as health care; the treatment and prevention of gambling addiction; and support for amateur athletes. Each year, proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery shops and local charities across the province.
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