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Lucky Lotto Player from Quebec holds $32M Ticket

Who won $32M Lotto Max in Quebec last weekend? Check your tickets now! There’s a new multi-millionaire in Quebec today, but that lucky person may or may not know it. On October 18, 2019, the Lotto MAX drawing resulted in one perfect winner. That one person held the ticket with the exact numbers, and bonus ball, to unleash the massive $32 million jackpot. Yet to date, no one has stepped forward to claim that monumental prize. We don’t have a whole lot of information to go on. Until someone steps forward, or until enough time passes that it’s worth shedding a bit more light on the situation, lottery regulators are not pin-pointing any particular location. All we know for now is that the ticket was purchased somewhere in the vast province of Quebec. Who Won the $32 Million Lotto Max in Quebec? There’s just one ticket out there worth $32 … Continue reading

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The Foreseeable Future of Canada’s iGaming Frontier

Are mobile live casinos the final frontier for gambling in Canada? There’s no denying that gambling is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. Not for the gamblers, mind you, but for the owners and operators of gambling establishments; casinos, card rooms, bingo halls, race tracks, sports books, etc. Billions of dollars pass through Canada’s commercial casinos every year, and it’s been this way since the activity was legalized so many decades ago. Yes, gambling is one of the country’s most popular pastimes. With the national GDP on a steady incline, the amount of money we spend on this unique form of entertainment is sure to continue rising as well. How we partake in it, however, has been evolving since the dawn of the internet, so much so that the question of stability in the land-based gambling industry is questionable, at best. Are Mobile Live Casinos the Final … Continue reading

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Canada Casino Growth a Societal Boon or Bane?

Weighing the cost of expansion in live and online gambling in Canada. It’s rather phenomenal how fast the online gambling industry has expanded in just two decades time. Like a sports car spinning 0 to 60 in two seconds flat, iGaming went from one of the world’s least trusted industries in the late 1990’s, to the world’s second most profitable eCommerce (behind adult entertainment, of course). It was an industry with fantastic potential, giving gambling enthusiasts all over the world an opportunity to partake in the same casino games they know and love in land-based gaming halls, via desktop computers and, eventually, mobile smartphones and tablet devices. All it needed was the right level of security and regulation, and the rest was history. Expansion of Live and Online Gambling in Canada a Societal Boon or Bane? Gambling isn’t your average sort of eCommerce. Where auction sites like eBay and online … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Healthy Relationship with Gaming?

BCLC invests in PlayPlanner to promote healthy casino gaming in Canada. Gaming regulators across Canada have spent the last few years seeking ways to quell public outcry. Since the dawn of internet gambling in particular, its been feared that problem gambling will swell out of control. Prior to multi-provincial regulation of iGaming, evidence surfaced to support those concerns. Researchers were commissioned to study the situation and recommend solutions. What they’ve come up with is a fundamental need to raise awareness and promote greater responsibility. All this time, regulators have been pumping revenue into the promotion of gaming. Every other commercial encourages adults to go out and buy a lottery ticket. Billboards depict the broad-grinning excitement of slots players and table games enthusiast. Such advertisements aren’t going to go away – the government does need to sustain its most abundant source of entertainment-driven revenue. However, they will be promoting greater responsibility … Continue reading

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Impact of Canada’s New AML Laws on Casinos

Canadian casinos now coping with new anti-money laundering regulations. A couple of years ago, there were no news headlines more prominent in British Columbia than those telling the dark and duplicitous tale of money laundering at the province’s casinos. The River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C. was particularly shunned for its involvement, as the investigation uncovered a rabbit hole so deep, it ran straight through to China. I won’t get into the ragged details of that fiasco. If you don’t already know the story, you can learn all about it in Queen’s Counsel Peter German’s famous Dirty Money report. The point is, it happened, and for more than a decade before the provincial cover up was revealed. As instructed, German made a throng of recommendations in his report. Among them, he suggested a strain of amendments to Canada’s Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering ) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCTFA). In … Continue reading

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Grand Re-Opening of Playtime Casino Hanover April 11

City preps for grand opening of all new Hanover, Ontario casino on April 11. The city of Hanover is abuzz with excitement as the grand re-opening of its casino draws nigh. Last night, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment held a sneak-peak soft launch in which more than 350 individuals were invited to visit the renovated and expanded gambling property. Three weeks from now, an official ceremony will welcome all to partake in the new experience. Gateway spared no expense in renovating the Southern Ontario casino, shelling out approximately $18 million on the project. On Thursday, April 11, 2019, locals, residents of nearby communities and tourists from far and wide are sure to turn out for the big grand re-opening ceremony to see where all those millions went. What’s New at Gateway’s Hanover, Ontario Casino? The most obvious change at the refurbished casino property is the signage. Gateway has opted for a … Continue reading

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DOJ taking Another Look at US Online Gambling Laws

Are US and Canada to become the doppelgangers of online gambling regulation? The way US and Canada online gambling laws stand now, there are many similarities, with a few important contrasts. But there are waves rising in the waters on both sides of the 49th parallel that could bring them closer to egalitarianism than ever before. According to the Associated Press, the US Department of Justice is rethinking its opinion towards cross-border player pooling between states where online gambling is lawfully regulated. At the same time, an argument for the legalization of single-event sports betting is brewing in Canada. Major Similarities Between US and Canada Online Gambling Laws There’s a lot these neighboring nations have in common when it comes to internet gambling. The most critical is the way their federal governments pass responsibility off to their subdivision of jurisdictions. In the US, the federal government decides what forms of … Continue reading

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Alberta Lottery Owes $2.4M in Unclaimed Tickets

Alberta unclaimed lottery tickets amount to over $2.4 million in prizes. Did you ever imagine the feeling that would come with the news that you’d won the lottery? Not just a few hundred dollars, or even a few thousand, but a massive prize worth 6- or 7-figures? Most of us never experience this feeling, but just day-dreaming about it can set off our endorphins. Now, imagine what it would feel like to know that you should have won the lottery, but never claimed your prize. Maybe you lost the ticket. Maybe you never watched the drawing, and accidentally threw it away, assuming it a loser. Oh, the pangs of regret that would be awful! The sad reality is that this situation befalls lottery players all the time. The only saving grace is that they rarely ever know it happened. In that regard, at least they’re spared the emotional calamity that … Continue reading

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Slovakia Starts New Year with Online Gaming Regulation

Then Slovakia jumped out ahead of the Canada online gambling market… For years, I’ve been pondering the future of Canada’s mish-mash online casino laws. Some provinces offer internet gambling, some do not. Those who do monopolize the industry, claiming to be the only legal source, and yet players can access international operators with no legal threat of repercussions. It creates a confusing situation for Canadian iGamers, and prevents our government from collecting the millions in revenue that forward-thinking jurisdictions have been wrangling for years. Over the last decade, I’ve twice predicted our government would take the regulatory plunge, in one direction or another. Both times, I was wrong. We have not made the more likely (and unfavorable) move to outlaw international gaming sites, nor have we taken the more lucrative (and preferable) option to offer licenses to international iGaming operators. Today, my disappointment rings louder than ever as I solemnly … Continue reading

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Canada Lottery Aims for More Interactive Gambling

Lotteries looking to make digital gambling games fun for young players. The decade old question of how to get today’s millennial generation to gamble rages on. Casinos have had this discussion time and again, creating more nightclubs and lounge atmospheres with integrated digital touch-screen gambling tablets to play on. All this is in an effort to counter the fast-rising popularity of online and mobile casino gambling. It’s not just slot machines that fail to interest the younger generation. Canada’s lottery programs are suffering, too. Adults under 35 aren’t interested in filling out paper slips. They’re used to getting entertainment by way of much more sophisticated technology. So, the lotteries are hoping to pique their interest with new interactive gambling games. Online Lotteries Not Enough to Attract Millennials The idea to make lottery tickets available over the internet was an obvious one, but not a very effective one. Most provinces now … Continue reading

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