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Ontario seeking private companies to bid on running lotteries


 

TORONTO – The Ontario government is looking for a private company to run the province’s lottery business.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming is asking companies to bid on its $1.3-billion-a-year lottery business to expand sales beyond convenience and grocery stores.

A request for proposals has been issued for a provider to run “specific day-to-day operations of the lottery business in Ontario.”

However, the agency says it will not release the names of any pre-qualified bidders for the lottery business until a new service provider is announced a year from now.

OLG turns over about $2 billion a year to the provincial government and is its largest single source of non-tax revenue.

The province will retain ownership of the lottery business even after a private sector provider to run the lotteries has been selected.


 
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Ontario seeking private companies to bid on running lotteries

  1. So…
    – they took slots out of the race tracks, so less slots gaining revenue (was that done to make this new move an easier sell i.e. OLG isn’t getting the profits that it should be?);
    – causing/aiding horse-racing to go into flux (losing money in the racetracks and in the communities they’re in);
    – and now they think turning it over to a private operator will increase the profit margin? They do know some of those potential profits will go to that private company, right (i.e. less money in the coffers long-term)? And that reducing the pay of employees (because why would a 3rd party continue to pay the current amount) will mean that those employees will have less to spend in their local economies and in TAXES!?!

    Can anyone say “407”!?! (Please feel free to add your own examples, I can think of quite a few).

    Notice how many modern governments in Canada (especially in Ontario) feel that the best thing to do is to sell/parcel-off the resources/corporations/assets that make them decent money long-term (!), so that can pay for their own issues/mistakes/projects, and then complain about reduced assets later?
    I don’t care who is in government and at what percentage of the votes; there should be more roadblocks to the sale and/or out-sourcing of these assets. The long-term impacts on our economy are always overlooked for the short-term government happiness of budget-time and for their pet-projects.

    Just a side note:
    I think that the lottery as it is can be fun, or can be abused. Do we really think that putting it in even more locations won’t be pushing it into more of a gambling culture? (It is already in more locations then we can even joke that Tim Hortons are.)
    And right now it is already possible to abuse the system, and also for tickets to be sold illegally (like to minors). Do we want more locations, with minimum wage-workers that will have even less reason to be diligent, or that are so over-run with multiple responsibilities that they may just miss things?
    Just a thought

  2. So…
    – they took slots out of the race tracks, so less slots gaining revenue (was that done to make this new move an easier sell i.e. OLG isn’t getting the profits that it should be?);
    – causing/aiding horse-racing to go into flux (losing money in the racetracks and in the communities they’re in);
    – and now they think turning it over to a private operator will increase the profit margin? They do know some of those potential profits will go to that private company, right (i.e. less money in the coffers long-term)? And that reducing the pay of employees (because why would a 3rd party continue to pay the current amount) will mean that those employees will have less to spend in their local economies and in TAXES!?!

    Can anyone say “407”!?! (Please feel free to add your own examples, I can think of quite a few).

    Notice how many modern governments in Canada (especially in Ontario) feel that the best thing to do is to sell/parcel-off the resources/corporations/assets that make them decent money long-term (!), so that can pay for their own issues/mistakes/projects, and then complain about reduced assets later?
    I don’t care who is in government and at what percentage of the votes; there should be more roadblocks to the sale and/or out-sourcing of these assets. The long-term impacts on our economy are always overlooked for the short-term government happiness of budget-time and for their pet-projects.

    Just a side note:
    I think that the lottery as it is can be fun, or can be abused. Do we really think that putting it in even more locations won’t be pushing it into more of a gambling culture? (It is already in more locations then we can even joke that Tim Hortons are.)
    And right now it is already possible to abuse the system, and also for tickets to be sold illegally (like to minors). Do we want more locations, with minimum wage-workers that will have even less reason to be diligent, or that are so over-run with multiple responsibilities that they may just miss things?

    Yes. I posted to several different places, nearly the same thing.
    But I am mad!

    You (the government) don’t get to whine that you are making billions in profit but that you want more, and then complain elsewhere about decreased monies available after you have sold off all or part interests.
    And don’t forget governments on many levels have complaints about rising healthcare costs, and now they try to shove people past lottery for fun, and into gambling (mental health) issues instead! (Are they really expecting all of these “new” profits to come from people that don’t play now?)
    Don’t give me that aging infrastructure crap! Why do we need such easy access that you can “drunk-buy” off your phone, or worse a toddler handed a phone can start a gambling career with your money. (Yes, that is likely taking things to the extreme, but is it really that far short of reality?)

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