Regulation - LGIC

Self-serve lottery ticket terminals (SSTs) in retail locations

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg 78/12
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Gaming Control Act, 1992
Summary of Proposal:
Under the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Act, 1999, (OLGCA) the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is responsible to ensure that the lottery schemes and gaming sites are conducted, managed and operated in accordance with the Criminal Code (Canada), the OLGCA and the Gaming Control Act, 1992 (GCA) and the regulations made under them.

The OLG is seeking to introduce self-serve lottery ticket terminals (SSTs) in retail locations across the province as a means of increasing lottery sales and modernizing practices as retailers move towards self-check out models of service.

SSTs function like a vending machine, offering physical draw-based lottery cards and scratch tickets that players can buy without the need for interaction with a retail employee.

The GCA prohibits a person authorized to sell lottery tickets from selling a lottery ticket to an individual under 18 years of age. Authorized sellers may rely on identification prescribed by the regulation (e.g., Ontario driver's licence, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship card, etc.) to confirm the age of players if they have no apparent reason to doubt the authenticity of the documentation or that it was issued to the individual producing it.

To enable the self-serve function of SSTs, while still ensuring only players 18 years of age and older can access the machines, the Ministry of the Attorney General is proposing an amendment to O. Reg 78/12 under the GCA to allow SSTs to verify identification. If approved, players would be required to scan their prescribed identification at an SST prior to being able to use the SST to purchase a ticket.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
OLG would be responsible for implementing SSTs in retail locations should the proposed regulatory amendments be approved and subsequently brought into force.

There are no compliance costs associated with this proposal.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
April 14, 2023
Comments Due Date:
April 29, 2023
Contact Address:
Ministry of Attorney General
Policy Division
720 Bay St. 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9