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Large majority of Ontarians who gamble are aware of the risks and take steps to protect themselves: Survey

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The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is delivering outreach programs across Ontario to raise awareness of risks associated with gambling and how people can protect themselves. These public education initiatives are supported by a new RGC survey of Ontarians that explores attitudes and behaviours about gambling.

RGC teams are interacting with people in various community settings, including colleges, universities and sporting venues, to highlight that gambling always carries risk and the value of making a plan about limits prior to gambling.

“The good news emerging from our survey is that the large majority of Ontarians who gamble are aware of the potential harms and take steps to protect themselves,” says Shelley White, CEO of RGC. “However, the findings also reveal how easy it can be to get carried away in the moment and underscore the need to protect yourself from the risks. Our programs communicate specific messages depending on the age group. These include the importance of setting time and money limits before gambling, to avoid emotional or impulsive decision making.”

The Community Outreach program involves an interactive game called Reaction Lab – a digital experience that simulates how the brain responds to stimulus, similar to when a person gambles.

There is also a team visiting colleges and universities across the province to educate young adults about how gambling can heighten emotional states, making it difficult to make informed decisions while gambling. This bilingual interactive program is called Check Your (Re)flex / Testez Vos (Ré)flexes. Similar to the Community Outreach program aimed at all age groups, this youth-focused advocacy shares signs of problem gambling common to young people and offers important tips such as setting and sticking to money and time limits.

Key survey findings

RGC’s new survey, which polled 1,411 Ontarian gamblers last fall, sheds light on attitudes, emotional responses and behaviours related to gambling.

  • 13.6 per cent of gamblers surveyed said at some point they gambled money they could not afford to lose.
  • One in three (33 per cent) did not always consider the amount of money they were prepared to lose before they gambled.
  • 31 per cent indicated they had spent more time gambling than they could afford at some point in the past six months.
  • 49 per cent did not always consider the amount of time they were prepared to gamble prior to playing.

Key findings related to young adults:

The survey suggests young adults (18 to 24) are more vulnerable to the emotional rush of gambling, raising the threat level of high-risk behaviours.

  • 58 per cent said they gambled because it makes them feel good at least sometimes.
  • One in five (19.9 per cent) gambled to cope with depression or nervousness at least sometimes.
  • 33 per cent gambled to get a “high” feeling at least sometimes.
  • Over a quarter (26.5 per cent) gambled to forget their worries at least sometimes.
  • 35 per cent gambled to cheer up when in a bad mood at least sometimes.

Other research shows 7.1 per cent of young adults have some type of gambling problem and nearly eight-in-10 Ontarians aged 18 to 24 (76.9 per cent) gambled in the past year.

Plan before you play

One of RGC’s key outreach messages for those who gamble is the value of having a plan in place prior to playing to manage potential risks before they appear. This involves setting strict loss and win limits and allocating a set amount of time in advance. When any of these planned limits are reached, the appropriate/best/ response is to walk away.

Part of a solid plan includes taking frequent breaks. It’s important to pause, reflect, and re-evaluate time or money spent. Setting a phone alarm makes for an easy reminder to take a break from gambling.

Another important message, particularly for young adults, is to be aware that one’s emotional state can impact decisions while gambling. Limiting alcohol or drugs, not gambling when depressed or worried and not using gambling as a way to feel better are all important ways to minimize risk.

Young people can gain valuable insights into the risks associated with gambling by visiting CheckYourReflex.ca and TestezVosRéflexes.ca

Methodology

Between November 28th and December 12th, 2019, the Responsible Gambling Council conducted a province-wide survey of Ontarian adults aged 18+. With the help of Delvinia’s AskingCanadians panel, a total of 2,011 online surveys were completed (including a sample of 1411 gamblers). The survey data was weighted to reflect Ontario’s age and gender distribution, according to most recent Census data. Based on a 95% confidence level, the survey results have a margin of error +/- 2.19%.

About RGC

The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention. RGC works to reduce gambling risks by creating and delivering innovative awareness and information programs, for a wide range of different groups including youth, young adults and the general public.

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RevoluGROUP Canada Inc. Provides Corporate Update

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RevoluGROUP Canada Inc. . Due to recent trading volume the Company wishes to announce an update.

  • RevoluEGAME concludes final integration of 60k extra games with RAWG
  • RevolUTILITY reaches 20K worldwide offers
  • RevoluESPORTS development update

RevoluEGAME Reaches 350,000 Games Available

Further to the news release dated 3rd January 2020, the RevoluEGAME vertical debuted with +3000 mobile/console-based games. In conjunction with Rawg, RevoluEGAME has gradually increased the mobile/console-based games available, having concluded the final tranche of 60,000 extra games on February 17th 2020. RevoluEGAME now boasts over 350,000 video games dating back to the 1980s and, right up to the very latest 2020 releases. The platform allows the worldwide selection and payment of entire mobile/console-based games and in-game play credits, now for +350,000 of the most popular games worldwide. RevoluEGAME leverages the company’s RevoluPAY® proprietary Apple and Android multinational payment App in the rapidly expanding sector of Online Video Gaming, also known as Egaming. According to NewZoo, a prominent Egaming publication, the Egaming sector grossed $137.9 Billion USD in 2018, a number that is projected to rise sharply as more players switch to Online gaming over the legacy DVD based consoles. As with all revenue verticals, the company’s banking authorized proprietary RevoluPAY® App holds center stage as the only method by which gamers can interact financially with RevoluEGAME

RevolUTILITY reaches 20K worldwide offers

The company is pleased to announce that RevolUTILITY has also been updated to now over 20k offers currently available. The latest updates include extra: gift cards, software licenses and increased online gambling platforms. The platform now boasts approximately +20000 worldwide offers immediately payable through RevoluPAY.

RevoluESPORTS Development Update

The Company began development of its upcoming revenue vertical RevoluESPORTS on November 1st 2019. RevoluESPORTS will leverage the RevoluPAY® proprietary Apple and Android multinational payment App in the rapidly expanding ESPORTS arena. Global Esports revenues hit over $1.1 billion in 2019, up 27 percent from 2018 amid ballooning revenues from: game credits, advertising, sponsorship and media rights to competitive video gaming competition sports via mobile and console video games. Esports tournaments are a significant factor in the video game industry and the company will gear RevoluPAY toward this professional esports subculture. The company is currently adding further functionality to the platform to include event ticket purchase and event organizer integrated stadium payment systems. As with all revenue verticals, the company’s banking authorized proprietary RevoluPAY® App will hold center stage as the only method by which Esports enthusiasts, event organizers and players can interact financially with RevoluESPORTS.

About RevoluPAY®

The Company’s flagship technology is RevoluPAY®, the Apple and Android multinational payment app. Built entirely in-house, RevoluPAY features proprietary, sector specific, technology of which, the resulting source code is the property of the Company. RevoluPAY’s built-in features include: Leisure payments, Travel Payments, Retail and Hospitality payments, Remittance Payments, Real Estate Payments, pay-as-you-go phone top-ups, Gift Cards & Online Credits, Utility Bill payments, etc. RevoluPAY is powered by blockchain protocols, and, is squarely aimed at the worldwide multi-billion dollar leisure sector and, + $595 billion family remittance market. RevoluPAY® is operated by the European wholly owned subsidiary RevoluPAY S.L located in Barcelona. RevoluPAY S.L operates under European E-money – Directive 2009/110/EC through a licensed electronic money institution or EDE Banking Licensed entity. RevoluGROUP Canada Inc. controls 5 wholly owned subsidiaries on 4 continents.

About RevoluGROUP Canada Inc.:

RevoluGROUP Canada Inc. is a multi-asset, multidivisional publicly traded Canadian company deploying advanced technologies in the; Online Travel, Vacation Resort, Mobile Apps, Money Remittance, Mobile Phone Top-Ups, EGaming, Healthcare Payments, Esports, Invoice factoring, Blockchain Systems, and Fintech app sectors.

For further information on RevoluGROUP Canada Inc. (TSX-V: REVO) visit the Company’s website at www.RevoluGROUP.com. The Company has approximately 158,139,272 shares issued and outstanding.

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2019—2020 THIRD QUARTER – Loto‑Québec is on track to meeting its

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Three-quarters through the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Loto-Québec reports total revenues of $2.101 billion and consolidated net income of $1.082 billion.

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“At this point in the fiscal year, we can confidently announce that we are on track to meeting, and even exceeding, our annual net income target of $1.295 billion,” said President and CEO Lynne Roiter.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In the lottery sector, revenues declined compared to the same period last year. The decrease is due to Lotto Max, which offered fewer jackpots of $50 million or more and Maxmillions prizes than in 2018–2019, which was an exceptional year as for the number of major jackpots offered.

     

  • Loto-Québec paid out several major prizes during the last quarter, including jackpots of $50 million and $32 million.

     

  • Casino and gaming hall revenues continued their upward trend.

 

  • The online gaming site once again recorded higher revenues for both lottery and casino games.

 

  • Revenues from the bar network were lower, mainly because of terminal withdrawals in areas targeted by the video lottery terminal network action plan.

 

  • Revenues from bingo and Kinzo halls continued to grow.

 

  • The World Lottery Association has renewed Loto-Québec’s Level 4 Certification—the highest level of accreditation for responsible gambling in the world.

     

  • December 23, 2019, marked 50 years since the inception of Loto-Québec. The Corporation will be highlighting its history and launching several initiatives geared at its customers throughout the year.

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

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Atlantic Lottery Board announces appointment of Chris Keevill as next President and CEO

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The Board of Directors of Atlantic Lottery is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Keevill as the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. Keevill brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in digital transformation, innovation, marketing and media at the regional, national and international level. Keevill will officially join Atlantic Lottery on May 1, 2020.

“It is an honour to be selected to lead the outstanding team of employees at Atlantic Lottery who are firmly committed to delivering on the corporation’s core strategy of growing its player base, improving player experience in a digital world, and modernizing the corporation’s capabilities to deepen its relationships with players. I’m looking forward to embracing the opportunities ahead,” Keevill said.

“These key strategic business areas are clearly underlined by a firm commitment to social responsibility,” he added.

“My roots are in Atlantic Canada and for many years I’ve witnessed Atlantic Lottery being recognized throughout the region as a leader in contributing to the community — both through delivering on its mandate to deliver 100 per cent of profits to help fund important public services, and through its commitment to supporting important causes and grassroots events around the region each year.”

Keevill is leaving his prior role as CEO of Colour.

Sean O’ Connor, Chair of Atlantic Lottery’s Board of Directors, said he and the rest of the Board are thrilled to have found someone of Keevill’s caliber.

“Keevill’s proven track record of execution and extensive experience with digital transformation and innovation, combined with his personal commitment to his community, will serve him well as he steers Atlantic Lottery into the future as a competitive, innovative, responsible gaming company.”

Chris Keevill is taking over from Brent Scrimshaw, who has served as President and CEO since 2011 and will retire from Atlantic Lottery with 13 years of service to the organization.

“The Board of Directors would once again like to thank Brent for his outstanding leadership during his tenure with Atlantic Lottery,” O’ Connor said. “Brent will remain as President and CEO until May 1, and during that period will continue to manage the organization and facilitate a seamless transition of leadership.”

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