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The Ontario Lottery is the largest of Canada’s provincial lotteries, awarding more than $1.9 billion* in lottery prizes to players during the fiscal 2013-2014 year. The lottery is open to all Ontario residents and visitors aged 18 and over. It offers so many different types of lottery options, including online gaming alternatives, that it draws participants from all Ontario ethnic groups, age populations and educational backgrounds. Statistics show that half or more of the adults in Ontario play lottery or online casino games at least once a month – a quarter of Ontario adults play weekly. Here is an overview of the Ontario Lottery and the games that it offers.

Retailers

Lottery products are sold at Ontario retailers – supermarkets, convenience stores, etc. There are more than 10,000 OLG retailers located across the province and more than 8,300 of these retail outlets are equipped with lottery terminals where patrons can play on-line games such as LOTTO 6/49. Tickets for the Ontario Lottery’s Instant games are available for purchase at all retail locations.

If you’re an owner of an established business you can apply to become an authorized OLG retailer by writing to the OLG Support Center at:
70 Foster Drive, Suite 800,
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6A 6V2
Phone: 1-800-387-0098
Fax: 705-946-6788.

Retailers earn a 5% commission on every online sale and a 8% commission for every off-line ticket sale. Retailers are also entitled to receive a 2% bonus for any online prize redemption of under $300 and 3% for any offline prize redemption of under $200.

Retailers also receive a prize if they sell a winning ticket. Instant retailers receive a .15% prize for selling a winning ticket of $1000, .25% for selling a winning ticket worth $500,000, .40% on winning tickets valued at $250,00, and .01% on tickets with a value of $10,000 $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000.

In addition, for selling a 1st prize Lotto 6/49, Lotto Super 7 or Lottario ticket, the retailer earns $1,000 plus $100 for each time the previous jackpot wasn’t won (this is then divided by the number of winning retailers in Ontario). Retailers who sell a winning 2nd prize ticket on Lotto 6/49, Lotto Super 7, Lottario receive $500, which is then divided by the number of winning retailers in Ontario. Lottery retailers who well a winning 1st prize ticket on Encore and Winner Take All receive $1,000.

There are generally retailer incentive programs when new games are announced.

Odds

Each game has its own odds for winning. OLG posts odds on the Lotto Games homepage, on the Instant Games homepage and on the proline.ca. page (for sports gaming odds).  Odds are also published on the OLG Fact Sheet which you can obtain through the OLG Customer Excellence Centre by calling 1-800-387-0098.

Requirements for Winners

The lottery advises ticket holders to sign their ticket upon purchase. Retailers will not be able to redeem winning tickets until they have been signed. This identifies the ticket as belonging to the purchaser and helps protect the purchaser’s rights in case of loss or theft.

Winners should be prepared that, under the rules of the lottery, winners’ names and city, along with a photo of the winner, can be published. The lottery does this in order to demonstrate the integrity of their games and procedures and to help market the lottery. When a ticket-buyer signs the ticket, he agrees to having his name and photo published.

Winners must be 18 years of age or older to collect on their ticket. Retailers are not allowed to sell tickets to anyone under the age of 18 and there are significant fines associated with doing so. Any retailer found to have sold a lottery ticket to a minor will have his retailer’s license suspended.

Holders of a winning ticket can validate the ticket at any OLG retail outlet during lottery terminal operating hours which are 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Mondays and from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (EST). The lottery retailers, however, are independent business people and are not obligated to be open at these hours, so winners must find a retailer who is open late, if they want to go in late at night or early in the morning.

Lottery tickets expire 12 months after the date of draw, as printed on the ticket. INSTANT ticket may have a different expiry date which is printed on the back of the ticket.

Sports tickets are valid for 12 months from the day of the last game.

OLG on the Internet

It’s possible to purchase LOTTO MAX, ENCORE and LOTTO 6/49 via the PlayOLG.ca.

In addition to lottery tickets, OLG offers a website with a wide variety of casino games. There are dozens of slots, lotteries, table games and card games. Game options include  Keno Cash, Jeopardy, Quick Hit Platinum, Sic bo, the 100,000 Pyramid, Test Cash Spin, American Roulette, Spin Win Roulette, Roulette Sapphire, Blackjack, European Roulette, Fast Poker, baccarat, the Big Vegas Variety Game and Casino War

OLG slots are powered by the IGT gaming software developer. The OLG slots include the Star Trek and Ghostbusters science fiction-themed slots, Canadian-specific slots such as Coyote Moon, Wild Wolf and Wild Huskies, mythology slot machine options such as Medusa, Book of the Sphinx, Mayan Treasures, Treasures of Troy and Cleopatra, adventure-themed slots including Siberian Storm, Davinchi Diamonds, Golden Princess, Diamond Queen, Sumatran Storm  and the 720 Ways to Win Fire Opals slot machine. There are also multiple whimsical slots which include Pixies of the Forest, Hot Shot, Diamond Queen, Garden party, Cash Wizard, Cats, Cash Wave, Double Diamond, Vegas Hits, Chimney stacks and Kitty Glitter slot machines.

Lottery Proceeds

Proceeds from the Ontario Lottery are paid into the Province of Ontario’s Consolidated Revenue Fund, as specified by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Act. The Act directs that proceeds from lotteries, OLG Slots and OLG casinos be given to charitable organizations, provincial hospitals and sport, recreational and cultural activities. The Ontario Trillium Foundation coordinates these payments and bases its decisions on the recipients of the funds based on public hearings, after which the Board makes its decision. Organizations interested in applying for OLG grants can contact The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

OLG’s Board of Directors reports to the Ministry of Finance.

 

 

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