Back in August 2010 the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced that it would be extending its brand to Internet Gaming by 2012. As of yesterday The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is expected to put out a Request for Proposals Friday seeking help to develop its plan for online gambling.

OLG has identified five key ‘public interest’ principles that are important to the development of its new Internet Gaming business. These are:

Promote Responsible Gambling
Prevent Access by Minors
Protect Personal Information
Ensure the Integrity of Games
Support the Detection of Money Laundering and other Criminal Activity

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said at the time noting Ontarians were spending an estimated $400 million on offshore gaming sites. “People want this. People enjoy gaming,” Duncan said in 2010.

At the same time, OLG Chair Paul Godfrey said “the provincial agency intended to review best practices around the world before launching its site in early 2012.”

“E-commerce is now part of our everyday lives, from online banking to e-media,” Godfrey said. “OLG needs to be current and to evolve with the changing needs of our customers. It is an inevitable step in the ongoing transformation of the OLG.”

According to the OLG website it states, “OLG’s Internet Gaming site will uphold standards aimed at protecting players from risks such as problem gambling and identity or financial fraud. This will contribute to the honesty, and integrity of Internet Gaming through the OLG website.”

The OLG is planning to offer both casino-style games and online lottery ticket sales with an age limit of 18-years-old to buy the tickets and 19-years-old to play the games.

Reported by Maggie B.

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