OLG Extends Pollard Banknote Supply Term - {{mm-yy}}

Ben Hamill - April 24, 2021

Pollard Banknote Limited, a leading provider of instant Lottery tickets, has announced that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission has extended its supply contract by another 10 years. This means Pollard will supply the OLG with instan...Read More

Hanover Man Wins Big With Instant Bingo

Ben Hamill - November 09, 2020

A resident from Hanover, Ontario, is an incredible CA$100,000 richer after playing the uber-popular Instant Bingo Doubler, a product of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). 61-year-old Hanover retiree Merlin MacKinnon is the late...Read More

Doug Ford Slams OLG Re Executive Bonuses

Ben Hamill - August 18, 2020

At least 450 people in executive positions at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) last year earned well in excess of CA$100,000. And despite the Crown corporation this year being well on its way to having to absorb an annual ...Read More

OLG Approved For CA$500M In Government Aid

Ben Hamill - May 27, 2020

The  is in desperate need of help in order to stay afloat in a new and unprecedented slowed gaming landscape and has as such had to apply to Ontario’s government for a CA$500 rescue loan, which has now officially been granted. ...Read More

OLG Municipal Allocations Are Pure Lifelines

Ben Hamill - May 03, 2020

Casinos across Canada’s provinces have shown support and heart to local communities during a time of unprecedented crises. Some have displayed massive hearts of light across hotel towers whilst others have opened their kitchens to s...Read More

Communities Benefit From OLG Allocations

Ben Hamill - April 24, 2020

The community of Belleville, Ontario, will despite widespread temporary closures of businesses and casinos in the city and province, continue to receive casino revenue allocations, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation () has promise...Read More

OLG Says Cash Allocations Will Continue

Ben Hamill - April 08, 2020

Regular casino cash allocations will continue to be paid by venues under the control of the , the Crown corporation this week said. This means that the municipalities of Ajax and Scugog will continue to benefit from cash payments payable ...Read More

Union Outraged By OLG Layoffs

Ben Hamill - March 28, 2020

Labour unions are calling on Canadian business owners and administrators to draw on any possible means available to them for the purpose of saving jobs and avoiding lay-offs as far as possible. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union h...Read More

Syndicats scandalisés par licenciements OLG

Ben Hamill - March 28, 2020

Les syndicats demandent aux chefs d'entreprise et aux dirigeants canadiens de faire appel à tous les moyens à leur disposition pour sauver des emplois et éviter autant que possible les licenciements. Le Syndicat d...Read More

OLG CEO Stephen Rigby To Soon Be Replaced

Ben Hamill - March 10, 2020

The reign of current CEO Stephen Rigby has not been without controversy. In fact, his 5-year term at the Crown Corporation has been marked by little else. And the fact that Rigby is now on his way out of office; to be replaced as soon as...Read More

Bingo Raises $13.2M For Pickering Charities

Ben Hamill - March 03, 2020

Bingo has been doing it for charity since right from its humble beginnings. And thanks to the evergreen popularity of the game, sixty-two local Pickering charities now stand to benefit from the cool $13.2 million raised by the Pickering C...Read More

Caesars Windsor A Boost To Mental Health

Ben Hamill - February 17, 2020

The promotion of mental health in Windsor is about to receive a massive financial boost thanks to a new Social Prescription Program offered by the Hospice of Windsor-Essex County being made possible by an investment by none other than Cae...Read More

OLG Teaches Students About Problem Gambling

Ben Hamill - February 10, 2020

The , in partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Health and non-profit organisation Check Your Reflex, recently allowed students at Morningside Avenue’s Centennial College campus to experience first-hand the potentially negativ...Read More

OLG Has Big Plans For Casino Windsor

Ben Hamill - January 11, 2020

What with more and more Canadians each year flocking in their drones across the US border looking for casino and betting entertainment, Ontario’s Lottery and Gaming Corporation has become increasingly more resolved to up the ante in...Read More

Two Men Arrested For Attempted Lotto Fraud

Ben Hamill - January 10, 2020

Winning the Lottery is a stroke of luck not destined to befall everyone during their lifetime. People embrace a variety of good-luck superstitions and charms in an attempt to make those winning numbers drop and some have even claimed repe...Read More

OLG Joins The Ranks Of Top Integrity Force

Ben Hamill - December 24, 2019

The Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) has become the 33rd global organisation and only the 2nd Canadian entity to have joined international Lottery and sports betting integrity watchdog GLMS (Global L...Read More

Gateway & OLG Confirmed As Awards Sponsors

Ben Hamill - December 08, 2019

Gateway and the OLG are in it for much more than just the profit and monetary gain. The operators have both been confirmed as main sponsors of the next instalment of the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards in Sault Ste. Marie. The ...Read More

How the OLG Gives Back

Ben Hamill - December 06, 2019

We love to play the Lotto and we love to play games. But how often do we actually think about where all of the money ends up going? Obviously, a large chunk of the money generated by Lotto ticket sales and other games end up going back...Read More

Ford To Ensure OLG’s Affairs Are Above Board

Ben Hamill - November 26, 2019

The fact that Ontario Lottery & Gaming (OLG) CEO Stephen Rugby recently saw it fit to spend money on a complete redesign of his office as well as on the construction of a massive boardroom most probably had a great deal to do with ...Read More

Casino Contributions Support Municipalities

Ben Hamill - October 24, 2019

Many people don’t realise that much of what they see in terms of improved road infrastructure, general repairs to roads, the beatification of cities even, are funded by casinos and other gambling organisations such a...Read More

OLG Satisfied With Annual Performance

Ben Hamill - October 09, 2019

The Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) has released its latest financial standing and happily reports that not only has the past year been the makings of it meeting its corporate targets, but also exceeding those targets by...Read More

Standardbred Horse Expo Returns To London

Ben Hamill - September 25, 2019

Standard horse breeding enthusiasts are yet again invited to join in on the information sessions and networking opportunities on offer at the upcoming mid-October annual London Selected Yearling Sale. The sale is expec...Read More

Aaron Zang Wins Poker Gold At Triton London

Ben Hamill - August 06, 2019

Triton London. Pokers very own big-name, big-prize, big-everything celebrity-style mega tournament event. Attracting the biggest names in Poker to the city that is home to more billionaires per capita than any other city in the world. $1....Read More

One Londoner Now CA$9.1M Richer Says OLG

Ben Hamill - July 24, 2019

Residents of London, Ontario had better drop what they’re doing and make good on checking their Lotto 6/49 numbers against those generated by the Saturday 20th draw. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has announce...Read More

Casinos Contributing Millions To Communities

Ben Hamill - July 23, 2019

Fingers are often pointed at the global casino industry as being one given to all sorts of negative tendencies, with BC’s long-time money laundering problems being a prime example. It’s as if the province cannot manage to succ...Read More

OLG Excited About Meeting New Millionaire

Ben Hamill - July 10, 2019

Canada’s Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is not only one of the world’s top recognised Lottery operators, but its also an institution that takes great pride in and derives a lot of joy from making possible life-changing...Read More

Lottery Winner Waits 2 Months To Claim

Ben Hamill - May 30, 2019

So surprised was Lotto Max winner Dwayne Williams by the news that he had won CA$55 million, that he had entered into a state of being completely dumbfounded. So dumbfounded in fact, that it took him all of two months to claim his winning...Read More

Lottery Winner Waits 2 Months To Claim

Ben Hamill - May 29, 2019

So surprised was Lotto Max winner Dwayne Williams by the news that he had won CA$55 million, that he had entered into a state of being completely dumbfounded. So dumbfounded in fact, that it took him all of two months to claim his winning...Read More

Canadian Casinos Greener Than Expected

Ben Hamill - May 04, 2019

Going green is a recurring global theme, and in recent years, one that appears to be progressively and more frequently occupying a front-row seat in many Canadian provinces. The worldwide casino industry is; and this is sad to say; not ex...Read More

Bingo Changing Lives In Ontario

Ben Hamill - April 19, 2019

Jackpot City. A gaming and entertainment brand run by the OLG. A great name for any operator, really. Whilst we’re all vaguely aware; mostly somewhere in the back of our minds; that casino and games operators donate a chunk of their...Read More

IGT To Launch e-Bingo Across Ontario

Ben Hamill - February 13, 2019

International Game Technology, known industry-wide as IGT, is a celebrated and recognized leader in iGaming the world over. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation recently became the first Canadian operator ever to partner with IGT an...Read More

Big Weekend for Canadian Lotteries

Ben Hamill - February 08, 2019

The past weekend was the making of more than one celebration as two giant-sized Lottery wins were registered, followed by millions in Canadian Dollars being paid out the lucky winners. One of the winning Lotto tickets were sold in Quebec,...Read More

Ontario Woman Pockets $100k Lotto Win

Ben Hamill - February 02, 2019

The list of big lottery wins is seemingly never-ending in Canada. Most recently, one fortunate woman from the town of Hastings in Ontario managed to strike it rich with just a single winning ticket and a generous helping of luck! Hasting...Read More

OLG To Put Sports Betting Plans Into Motion

Ben Hamill - December 11, 2018

Sports betting is, for the most part, illegal in Canada. Operators are not permitted to run retail betting shops or on-location kiosks. This is quite ironic, as Canada is a sports-loving nation. As a result, Canadian players have had to ...Read More

The Highest Paid Female Athletes

Ben Hamill - November 25, 2018

When you hear that the top prize in the United States Open tennis championships is a rather sizeable $3,8 million, it sort of makes you want to take up professionally yourself. But, of course, unless you were slamming a tennis ball onto a ...Read More

California Lottery Winner Guilty of Fraud

Ben Hamill - November 22, 2018

The latest news out of the American lottery industry is a tale of fraud from a past winner. A woman from California who won $5.2 million has reportedly now pleaded guilty in a South Dakota federal court to scamming six different people ou...Read More

Ontario Pair Score $9.6m Lotto 6/49 Win

Ben Hamill - November 19, 2018

It was just under two weeks after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) revealed that the winning ticket for its November 3 had been sold in London that a thrilling announcement was made. It was then when the provincial opera...Read More

OLG Pays Out $36.9m in Non-Tax Q2 Revenues

Ben Hamill - October 26, 2018

Communities that host casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming facilities in Ontario have now received some impressive checks, courtesy of the . Last Friday, the Crown Corporation paid out its Q2 non-tax gaming revenue payments that came ve...Read More

Shorelines Casino Peterborough Opens

Ben Hamill - October 22, 2018

The Shorelines Casinos group has proven to be committed to the province of Ontario, where its properties are located, and to its hundreds of players. This is clearly seen in its new Peterborough establishment, which held its grand opening...Read More

Ajax Downs Casino Gets Permission to Stay

Ben Hamill - October 15, 2018

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced an agreement that would give permission for two local casinos in extremely close proximity to each other to operate simultaneously. The decision was made in a bid to appease two dif...Read More

New Revenue Record for OLG

Ben Hamill - October 15, 2018

The have contributed a whopping $2.8 billion to local coffers over the past twelve months. The bulk of these impressive earnings have reportedly stemmed from casino game and slots offerings, according to recent reports. As noted by new ...Read More

Idemia to Supply Canadian Lottery Terminals

Ben Hamill - October 04, 2018

Enhanced gaming is coming the way of Canadian players in retail outlets around the country. Augmented identity leader Idemia has been chosen by the to provide 10 700 new lottery terminals. According to reports, the OLG hopes the camera-...Read More

Gateway Hanover Casino Renovation On the Cards

Ben Hamill - September 30, 2018

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited, Canada’s largest private gambling operator, has recently revealed that it will be pumping $14 million into the renovation of its casino in the small Ontario town of Read More

Canada’s Love Affair with Lottery Games

Ben Hamill - September 24, 2018

Canada and its residents have long had a love affair with lotto games, dating back to the very first national lottery launch back in 1974. That first jackpot of $1 million was split among nine lucky ladies hailing from Quebec – but ...Read More

Bede Gaming Inks Content Deal with OLG

Ben Hamill - September 19, 2018

Newcastle software firm Bede Gaming has reportedly struck a huge deal with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation – one of the world’s largest lottery operators. The exclusive new agreement will see it launch its products ...Read More

Mohegan Gaming Enters Canadian Industry

Ben Hamill - September 13, 2018

Popular tribal gaming operator Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (colloquially known as just Mohegan) has finally begun its expansion into Canada. The move was revealed after the operator was chosen by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corpor...Read More

Lotto Fraud family Goes To Prison

Ben Hamill - September 08, 2018

A father, son and daughter trio who won a hefty $12.5 million on a free lottery ticket they had scammed off a customer at their variety store were officially sentenced by Canadian courts on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The father of the f...Read More

Drop in Sales of Lotto Max and 6/49 Tickets for OLG

Ben Hamill - July 14, 2016

  OLG reports that, based on the figures in its annual report, there’s been a sharp drop in sales of Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49tickets. Additionally, there’s been a drop (albeit a smaller one) in sales of scratch-and-win t...Read More

Selling Charity Lottery Tickets Online in Canada

Ben Hamill - April 18, 2016

  Canadian charities are benefitting from a new law that now allows them to sell their lottery tickets online. Canadian charity lotteries account for a significant portion of charitable revenues in Canada, but the charities, until n...Read More

One Day, Two Winners in the OLG Lotto 6/49 Jackpot

Ben Hamill - March 27, 2016

Things are always exciting at the OLG headquarters when a big payout is scheduled, but recently, the excitement was multiplied x2 when two lucky winners each picked up$60million after winning Lotto $60 million jackpots. John Henry and Joa...Read More

Why are there Rules Against Lottery Retailers or Family Members Buying Tickets?

Ben Hamill - March 19, 2016

Update: scroll down to see the OLG’s clarifications regarding “insider win definitions” for purposes of OLG ticket purchase and more information on ticket safety. A recent article in the Washin...Read More

Quebec's Proposed Anti-Freemarket Casino Sites Legislation

Ben Hamill - March 12, 2016

In an effort to direct online gamers to the Loto Quebec site, the Quebec government introduced legislation last March. If passed the new law would obligate Internet service providers to block access to unlicensed online gambling sites. Es...Read More

About Lottery Winners

Ben Hamill - March 06, 2016

You may have heard the stories. Lottery winners become depressed and don’t know how to manage their money. They have so many people hounding them for gifts that they lose their friends and ruin family relationships. Lottery winners ...Read More

Rideau Carleton/Ottawa Raceway Lock-Out

Ben Hamill - March 06, 2016


Workers at the Rideau-Carleton/Ottawa Raceway have been locked out of the gaming venue since December 15th 2015. The workers are complaining that they haven’t had a raise since 2009. Additionally, they want to mak...Read More

Free Market Online Casinos

Ben Hamill - March 01, 2016

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) introduced its self-regulated online casino in 2012. Whilst we always encourage online gamers to find the casino that is most to their liking, we wish to point out a few advantages to gamin...Read More

How Long Would it Take to Count to 100,000,000?

Ben Hamill - February 11, 2016

Wow! At the risk of hyperbole: Wow again!

Dull Susan

Sometimes people have the impression that just because I write this blog here at gamingpost.ca that all I ever think about is charitable bingo. Not so. I have many interests...Read More

How to Protect Yourself in a Lottery Pool

Ben Hamill - January 30, 2016

  Lottery pools are becoming increasingly popular in Canada, but there are some unchartered areas of lottery pool activity that the Lottery Corporations and the courts have just begun to explore.

Lottery Pools

The idea of...Read More

Electronic Games to the Rescue

Ben Hamill - January 28, 2016

Last time I said that I would write about the Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization Initiative. There is a veritable alphabet soup of organizations that are involved in the Initiative, be it directly or indirectly. I apologize for th...Read More

Lottery News Round-Up in Canada

Ben Hamill - January 23, 2016

  The lottery in Canada has been very active lastly with big winners collecting their prizes around the country.


Bradley Ogurian of Sherwood Park, just outside of Edmonton, is used to choosing his own numbers whe...Read More

Durham Live in Pickering Ontario Goes Up Against Ajax Casino

Ben Hamill - January 16, 2016

There’s a big fight brewing between gambling proponants in Ajax and Pickering Ontario, where both towns are vying to claim the title as the area’s gambling centre. In January 2015 the Pickering city council voted 6-1 to give ...Read More

Canadian Government Investigates Revenues from Online Sports Betting

Ben Hamill - January 09, 2016

Canadians are avid sports betters, laying hundreds of millions of dollars on their favourite athletes and teams every year. When the sports betting site is within Canadian jurisdiction, the provincial governments gain a percentage of the ...Read More

Can you Find a Code for Lottery Products?

Ben Hamill - January 09, 2016

If you play the lottery, you might have wondered — are the results really as random as the experts tell us? There’s no definitive answer, but a recent case draws questions.


In 2011 Mohan Srivastava ...Read More

How to Play the Canadian Lotto 6/49 - {{mm-yy}}

Ben Hamill - December 07, 2015

There are multiple lottery options for Canadian players which are administered by the provincial lottery corporations and overseen by each province’s Ministry of Finance. Two of those lotteries are national lotteries, the Lotto 6/49 a...Read More

Canadian Rules for Winnings, Taxes and Lottery Support for American Players

Ben Hamill - November 30, 2015

The Canadian lottery is one of the most extensive and profitable lotteries in the world. All of the Canadian provinces are involved in lottery activities and lottery players enjoy a wide range of options, ranging from the interprovincial ...Read More

Who Plays the Lottery and why?

Ben Hamill - November 02, 2015

  You may think that your decision to purchase a lottery ticket is based on habit or whim but sociologists think differently. In a 2011 paper, published in the Journal of Gambling Studies, researchers show that there are ma...Read More

New Liberal Government in Canada. What does it Mean to the Gaming Industry?

Ben Hamill - October 26, 2015

Last week the Liberal party achieved a significant upset victory in Canada, rising to the position as Canada’s majority party. Big changes are in store for Canada and, as part of the process, I wondered about how the new Liberal par...Read More

How to Become a Lottery Retailer in Ontario

Ben Hamill - October 19, 2015

Many grocery stores, gas stations, card rooms, convenience stores, bowling alleys, shopping mall kiosks, drug stores, bars and other retailers add lottery products to their itinerary of available products. There are many benefits to ...Read More

$60 Million -- Largest Single Canada Lottery Win

Ben Hamill - October 12, 2015

The biggest single jackpot in Canadian history was won by a lottery pool at Canadian Black Book in Ontario. The $60 million prize will be shared by 12 pool participants who were so excited after hearing that they had won the lottery that ...Read More

Ontario Lottery

Ben Hamill - September 19, 2015

  The Ontario Lottery is the largest of Canada’s provincial lotteries,awardingmore than $1.9 billion* in lottery prizes to players during the fiscal 2013-2014 year. The lottery is open to all Ontario residents...Read More

Where Does Your Lottery Money Go?

Ben Hamill - August 27, 2015

Everyone dreams of winning the lottery. The prizes get bigger and better and your chances are as good as they’ve ever been. But let’s be honest….most people don’t win the lottery, and the lottery orga...Read More

Casino Expansion in Toronto

Ben Hamill - August 20, 2015

Does Toronto Need a Casino? Does Toronto WANT a Casino?

Last month the city council of Toronto demonstrated that, while the city is as divided as ever over the question of whether to bring a casino into its city center, it sees ...Read More

What's New at OLG?

Ben Hamill - July 19, 2015

The new Ontario Lottery and Gaming website has launched and options for playing online in Ontario are more extensive than ever. An overview of what’s new at the OLG:

1.What is the OLG?

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp...Read More

New Canadian Lottery Winners!

Ben Hamill - July 05, 2015

It’s always exciting to read about the new winners in the Canadian lottery. There are so many different types of lottery options that it’s a morale booster to learn about the way that people’s lives are changed by even a...Read More

Insider wins jump at Atlantic Lottery for big prizes

Ben Hamill - June 28, 2015

The Atlantic Lottery is under pressure to explain a recent jump in insider wins. The Atlantic Lottery offers lottery games on behalf of the governments of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoun...Read More

Possible Woodbine Track Expansion in Toronto

Ben Hamill - June 24, 2015

The Toronto City Council is poised to reconsider the expansion of Woodbine Track, located in northwest Toronto, to bring jobs and investment to the area.

Woodbine Track Expansion

Following the Toronto City Council’s refus...Read More

Revitalized Charitable Gaming will Provide Millions for Hundreds of Organizations

Ben Hamill - June 18, 2015

I love to play bingo online as do so many thousands of other people. I also love playing bingo in a bingo centre, with the sounds of bingo numbers being called out by a real person and the moans, groans, and happy shout-outs by real flesh...Read More