OLG Lotteries

With respect to the table that follows: comparing 2018-2019 statistics with 2017-2018, the actual number of infractions cited and warnings given has dropped given that the focus of inspections is now less about numbers and more about compliance with governing legislations.

TABLE 16 – Compliance Services Inspections - Gaming

 

2017-18

2018-19

Inspections of registered retailers

5,133

3,967

Infractions cited

662

70

Warnings

249

1

Gaming Registrations

Gaming registrations must be obtained by individuals or businesses wishing to:

  • Provide goods or services to charitable or religious organizations to assist with the conduct and management of their licensed lottery event, or any business that manufactures bingo paper or break open tickets
  • Sell lottery products on behalf of OLG, or provide goods or services to OLG related to lottery products
  • Provide goods or services to, or work for a casino, slot machine facility, or charitable Gaming (cGaming) site.

In reviewing applications, an eligibility assessment is carried out by the Registrar concerning the character, integrity, financial responsibility and competence of those persons or businesses and their suitability for registration.

TABLE 17 – Total Number of Gaming & Lottery Registrations

LICENCE TYPE

2018-19

Gaming Assistant

19,256

Gaming-Related Supplier - Manufacturers

36

Gaming-Related Supplier - Lottery

14

Gaming-Related Supplier - Other

62

Non-Gaming-Related Supplier

283

Operator - Charitable - 4 or more events per week

56

Operator - Charitable - 3 or less events per week

7

Operator - Commercial

25

Seller

10,075

Trade Union

15

Total

29,829

Charitable Gaming Licences

The AGCO administers the charitable lottery licensing program in Ontario. This includes lottery events conducted and managed by charitable or religious organizations (i.e. bingo, raffles and the sale of break open tickets). The AGCO also issues registrations to individuals or businesses that wish to provide goods or services to the charitable gaming sector, and carries out inspection and compliance assurance activities to ensure that charitable gaming licensees and registrants are operating in accordance with the law and in the public interest.

The issuance of charitable lottery licences continues to be a shared responsibility with the AGCO and local municipalities. The AGCO licenses raffle prizes over $50,000 and bingo prize boards over $5,500. Municipalities have the authority to issues licences less than these amounts.

TABLE 18 – Lottery Licences Issued

 

2017-18

2018-19

Bingo

108

124

Charitable Gaming (Bingo Hall)

2,952

2,459

Break Open Ticket (BOT)

36

61

Raffle

386

419

Special Occasion Gaming Event

20

21

Other

3

4

Total

3,505

3,088

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