The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) launched its gambling website on January 8, 2015. The new site underwent testing stage where OLG invited members of its rewards program to preview it before going live. The ideas with this site is to make sizeable profits by tapping into millions gambling fans from Ontario are spending on games and lotteries elsewhere.
The website features
The site requires preregistration and the upper deposit limit is $9999. Gamers can use credit cards for the money. The site offers secure transactions and has safety features in place such as password protection and identity verification.
People can buy lottery tickets on the site, but only if they are 18 years or older. Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 are available to purchase so far. However, the feature is not available for mobile users yet. OLG plans to expand the site with new games and also launch a mobile app. Those who are 19 years or older can play casino games such as slots, baccarat, roulette, poker and blackjack.
The new site launch is getting strong reaction, but not all of it is good. It is certainly good news for gambling fans. However, since it is a government venture, the opposition is having a field day criticizing the move to launch a gambling site. According to some, this is just the current government’s way to generate revenue, which it badly needs. Some politicians are also referring to how it will encourage gambling addiction.
However, the counter argument is that gambling fans already spend their time and money on online sites and elsewhere. Many other provinces in Canada already operate online gaming sites. Despite these arguments against the site, OLG is happy with the new venture and is hoping to make money from it.