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

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

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

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 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