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Loto-Québec going well as they report positive results for the start of the 2018‑2019 financial year

Zoltan Tundik



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Loto-Québec reports positive results for the start of the 2018‑2019 financial year. Consolidated revenues reached $686.5 M, an increase of $41.6 M (+6.4%) compared to the same period last year. Net income amounted to $359.8 M, a gain of $34.7 M (+10.7%).





Consolidated revenues

$686.5 M

$644.9 M

Net income

$359.8 M

$325.1 M

“Loto-Québec was able to attain positive results during this first quarter thanks to the efforts of all of its sectors. I’d like to thank all our teams for their excellent work,” said Lynne Roiter, Loto-Québec’s President and CEO.


  • Lotteries: Increase of 22.5% in revenues and 28.7% in net income
    The lotteries sector performed best. Lotto Max offered record prizes, and the $60 M jackpot was once again won in Québec. The 100 $ ULTIME lottery was also very popular and produced several millionaires. Instant lottery sales are growing thanks to original concepts that customers love.
  • Casinos: Stable revenues and net income
    Casinos have made several customers really happy with the Leave in a BMW theme, creating a lively ambiance that revved up the entertainment factor and enabled several of them to win a range of prizes. If there had not been one day less in the quarter, revenues would have risen by $2.9 M (+1.4%). Another factor to consider is the increase in the total prize amount that was paid to Casino de Montréal customers, which negatively impacted revenues.
  • Gaming establishments: 1.4% lower revenues and stable net income
    In the gaming establishment sector, revenues from bars and brasseries were lower due to the withdrawal of terminals in areas targeted by the action plan for video lottery terminals. On the other hand, gaming halls performed well.
  • Revenues from the website, all types of games combined, rose by 34.9%.

Note: Due to new accounting methods, prizes paid out are now deducted from lottery, bingo and Kinzo revenues, as was already the case for casinos and video lotteries (more details are available on page 6 of the quarterly report). Figures for 2017-2018 were therefore adjusted. Gross profit and net income were not affected.

The quarterly report is available on Loto-Québec’s website.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Canadian Gaming Association calls on all party support for single-event sports betting

George Miller



Canadian Gaming Association calls on all party support for single-event sports betting
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The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) welcomes the commitment made by Windsor West Liberal candidate Sandra Pupatello to amend the criminal code to enable single-event sports betting, agreeing with her comment that “there is no reason to hold back on this initiative.”

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Pupatello’s support and call on all parties to fight for the simple amendment that provinces requested 10 years ago that would benefit places like Windsor,” stated Paul Burns, President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association. “This change would give provinces the tools to deliver a safe and legal option to Canadians while helping economic benefits, such as jobs, flow to communities and provincial governments.”

Canadians enjoy sports betting because they are wagering approximately $10 billion annually through illegal bookmaking operations in Canada, usually operated by organized crime organizations. Additionally, more than $ 4 billion is wagered through offshore online sports wagering sites. Currently, only $500 million is wagered through legal provincial sports lottery products offered to Canadians, which means many people are betting through illegal and often dangerous means.

The Canadian gaming industry touches almost every corner of our country. From Corner Brook, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia, hundreds of communities benefit from gaming. Gaming in Canada provides almost 182,500 jobs and good salaries – the average national wage is $65,000 – and a portion of the revenue generated equalling $9.1 billion is transferred to fund government, community programs, charitable causes, and First Nations initiatives. However, inaction on single-event sports wagering means these benefits are threatened, especially in border communities like Windsor.

“Let us not lose sight of how one small change can drive enormous benefits to the Canadian gaming industry, Canadian communities, as well as Canadians, who just want to be able to bet on the outcome of the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, or World Series,” added Mr. Burns. “The CGA has been advocating for single-event sports wagering for a decade. With all party support and assistance from our federal government, its time has come.”


About the Canadian Gaming Association:
The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the evolution of Canada’s gaming industry. The association’s mandate is to promote the economic value of gaming in Canada; use research, innovation, and best practices to help the industry advance; and create productive dialogue among stakeholders.


SOURCE Canadian Gaming Association

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The October 4 draw will offer a jackpot of $65 million and approximately 8 Maxmillions – 2 Maxmillions were won yesterday

George Miller



The October 4 draw will offer a jackpot of $65 million and approximately 8 Maxmillions - 2 Maxmillions were won yesterday
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2 Maxmillions ($1 million each) were won in last night’s Lotto Max draw thanks to selections sold in The Prairies, Ontario and Atlantic Provinces. The Tuesday, October 4 draw will therefore offer total prizes worth about $73 million, including a jackpot of 65 million and approximately 8 $1 million dollar prize(s) (Maxmillions).

For each Maxmillions, an additional selection of 7 numbers between 1 and 50 is drawn. These selections are not decomposable and prizes may be shared by winners.


Source: Loto-Québec

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mkodo signs deal with Western Canada Lottery Corporation

George Miller



mkodo signs deal with Western Canada Lottery Corporation
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Developer to provide WCLC with fully native application

Award-winning digital product provider and WLA Associate Member mkodo has secured a deal with the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) to develop a fully native application for both iOS and Android systems.

The supplier’s user experience and internal teams will lead development of the app, which will include a host of innovative features to take WCLC’s mobile channel to the next level.

Users will be able to check if they’re a winner with the ticket scanner, as well as view recent results, find their nearest retailer and keep updated with upcoming draws and jackpots via push notifications.

The app will also help support WCLC’s digital strategy of looking to bridge the gap between retail environments and the digital channel by allowing customers to add lottery tickets to their online cart and purchase the cart in a retail store.

The application, planned to launch next year, will be available in all WCLC markets including Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, in addition to Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The deal builds on mkodo’s strong presence in Canada, where it is now developing mobile apps for four Provincial lottery groups.

The company was recently granted Associate Membership to the World Lottery Association, underlining mkodo’s extensive experience in the global lottery sector.

Stuart Godfree, Managing Director at mkodo, said: “Partnering with another Canadian lottery is a great achievement for us and emphasises our knowledge of and success within the Canadian market.

“We have a proven record of delivering applications for lottery operators that tick the boxes in customer expectations and provide add-on functionalities that drive revenue for our partners.”

Brad Wiebe, Vice President of Marketing at WCLC, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with mkodo to enhance our mobile application and have full confidence that through this collaboration we will transform the way we interact with our customers.

“mkodo has built a solid reputation in the Canadian market through its unrivalled expertise. The finished product will undoubtedly be a huge hit with both existing players and new audiences.”

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