Lottery sales in Ontario began with the formation of the Ontario Lottery Corp. (OLC) in 1975. The first game was Wintario, with draws held every two weeks on a 30-minute television show. Net revenues from the game were dedicated, through the Ministry of Culture and Recreation, to promote physical fitness, sports, cultural and recreational activities.
OLC’s first terminal-based lotto game, Lottario, launched in November 1978; it was also the first such game in North America. Other lottery milestones over the years include the joint launch of Lotto 6/49, Canada’s first national lotto game in June 1982; the spiel game Encore in 1989; the sports lottery Pro·Line in 1992; Cash For Life, which in 2000 became Canada’s first lottery game with a top prize given in the form of an annuity; and the highly successful Poker Lotto, the first game in Canadian lottery history offering both instant wins and nightly prize drawings, introduced in 2010.
In March 1997, OLC launched the first PC-based electronically linked bingo game in North America, Superstar Bingo. The lottery also began implementing a slot machine program at racetracks in 1998.
OLC became the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) in April 2000 when the Ontario government merged the lottery with the Ontario Casino Corp., which had operated the province’s casino gaming interests since it began in 1994. Currently, OLG is undergoing a modernization program that will redefine gaming in the province.
OLG’s current lottery games include instant tickets, sports betting and the draw games Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, Poker Lotto, Megadice Lotto, Ontario 49, Lottario, Daily Keno, Pick-4, Pick-3, Pick-2 and Encore.
Beginning in January 2008, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario became the province’s lottery regulator, investigating all insider and suspicious lottery wins. This measure was one of several new initiatives designed to continue to strengthen public confidence in Ontario’s lottery system.
OLG has a long tradition of supporting local events and festivals in communities across Ontario, and sponsors events that involve and benefit the community as well as generate business and interest in the town or city.
The organization produced nearly $2 billion in net revenue from operations in fiscal 2012, with the vast majority returned to the government for hospitals, health-related programs and other provincial priorities. The Ontario Trillium Foundation, which provides funds for local and provincial charities, received $120 million, and $10 million went to support amateur athletes through the QUEST FOR GOLD program.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC), was created by the Government of Ontario on April 1, 2000 by merging the Ontario Casino Corporation (OCC), established in 1994, and the Ontario Lottery Corporation (OLC), established in 1975. The corporation rebranded as OLG in July 2006.
Products Offered: LOTTO MAX and LOTTO 6/49 are Interprovincial Lottery Corporation games that are also played in other provinces in Canada, and managed by OLG in Ontario. Lottery games offered exclusively in Ontario by the OLG are: POKER LOTTO, MEGADICE, ONTARIO 49, ENCORE, LOTTARIO, PICK 2, PICK 3, PICK 4, DAILY KENO, INSTANT, PRO-LINE, PRO-PICKS and POINT SPREAD
Beneficiaries: OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, casinos, slots, and resort casinos have generated more than $34 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.