Ontario Lottery expands service offering with gaming website launch

Ontario Lottery expands service offering with gaming website launch

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Totally Gaming

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has moved to take advantage of the expanding online gambling market by launching its own gaming website in the form of PlayOLG.

The new website will undergo a short-term soft launch period before being opened up to legal-age players in Ontario within the next few weeks. The soft launch version of the site will only be available to eligible members of OLG’s Winner’s Circle Rewards programme.

Players in the Canadian province will have access to a range of interactive casino-style games such as blackjack, baccarat and roulette, as well as a host of slot titles. In addition, players will be able to purchase Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max tickets, as well as Encore, from the new site.

As part of a wider commitment to responsible gambling, OLG has integrated a number of other features into the new site in order to help safeguard players.

These features include the option of self-exclusion, player self-assessments and risk profiles, casino loss and lottery ticket purchase limits, a mandatory weekly deposit limit and breaks from play on PlayOLG, ranging from one day to three months. 

The launch of the new site will bring Ontario in line with the progress of other Canadian provinces that already offer online gaming services. British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and all of the Atlantic Provinces currently offer some form of provincially registered internet gaming entertainment service.

While the website will offer new gaming options to players, the OLG noted that it will also provide more funds to the government of Ontario for hospitals and various other government priorities.

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