It’s no secret lotteries are a huge source of revenue for provincial governments. Roughly $14B dollars is collected every year.
The OLG alone reports over $2B in revenue, some of which is directed to hospitals, general government priorities such as health care, and problem gambling.
But when it comes to governments across Canada offering expanded gambling, not many are willing to place a bet on that.
According to an Angus Reid poll, only 9% of Canadians would be interested in seeing that happen, and it may have something to do with the dark side of gambling.
The poll finds 26% know a family member or close family friend, who is a problem gambler, or they are one themselves. 17% know someone who has suffered a “significant economic loss” such as losing savings, a car or even their home.
About 47% of Canadians aren’t too happy with the way governments are working to prevent and treat gambling addiction.
To read the full report, click here.