OLG sports betting FAQ
The Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation, or the “OLG” for branding purposes, is a Crown corporation responsible for managing Ontario’s official gambling activities, which included but are not limited to lotteries, charity and Aboriginal casinos, commercial casinos, and slot machines.
The OLG is owned by the Government of Ontario. It reports to the province through the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (PIR) and is led by a Board of Directors as appointed by the province.
The OLG isn’t just here to regulate gambling in the province but to make life more fun for Ontarians.
The revenue the corporation creates also goes back to help improve the quality of life in the province. OLG’s vision is to be the role model for gaming entertainment worldwide.
The OLG has two headquarters. Their primary headquarters is in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. And their prize centre is in Toronto, Ontario.
Yes, the OLG is solely responsible for Ontario. Other Canadian provinces have their own corporation responsible for their gambling activities such as the Loto-Quebec in Quebec and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) in British Columbia.
In the financial report for the 2018-19 year, the OLG generated over $5 billion in revenue. The OLG’s revenues are directed to provincial hospitals, sport, recreational and cultural activities, and charitable organizations. This was established as part of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Act in 1999.
Betting with the OLG is 100% legal provided you follow the requirements. You can bet with the OLG in a variety of ways either by visiting any of their casinos, playing their lotteries by purchasing them at the casino or registered dealers, or by betting online at their official websites.
The OLG is strict when it comes to gambling. You have to be at least 19 years of age to visit a gaming site, the same age for purchasing alcohol. To purchase lottery tickets, you have to be at least 18 years of age. The OLG will not pay prizes to anyone under these ages.
You will need to provide a valid form of government photo identification. These include:
Ontario Photo Card
US State ID
Canadian Permanent Resident Card
Resident Alien ID
Certificate of Indian Status Card
Firearms Acquisition Card
The OLG recognizes the social responsibility it has when it comes to regulating gambling. They strive to promote a healthy relationship between players and gambling. They educate and support players with the PlaySmart program, Ontario’s most comprehensive gambling education resource.
The OLG also contributes close to $40 million each year on the prevention, treatment, and research of problem gambling in the province.