Legal Online Gambling Finally Comes To Ontario

Published Thursday, January 08, 2015 -
Legal Online Gambling Finally Comes To Ontario

The time has come for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to finally offer online gambling to residents in that vast province in Canada. The weather in most parts of the province is nasty at this time of year with freezing temperatures and snow that won’t quit so the advantages of being able to play the lottery and do a little legal wagering in the comfort of home is welcomed by many. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation employs nearly 17,000 people throughout the province. OLG is responsible for 24 gaming sites and sales of lottery products at approximately 9,800 retail locations across the province and now offers many of its products via the internet. OLG's annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport and other reputable charities across the province of almost 13 million people.

It has taken a long time for the government to launch the web site PlayOLG which is regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. After a successful beta launch for eligible members of OLG's Winner's Circle Rewards program, PlayOLG is finally presented in its full form and is now available to Ontarians who qualify as old enough.  The effort to stem the online gambling activities by the half million or so Ontario residents who reportedly spend an estimated $400 to $500 million annually on so called grey market sites that are not regulated by the government of Ontario.

John Wisternoff, OLG's Vice President of iGaming commented on the launch, "We are excited to launch PlayOLG, an important milestone in the modernization of gaming in Ontario," Wisternoff, continued,  "For Ontarians who love the excitement of gaming, PlayOLG offers a safe and regulated alternative to grey market websites."



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