Online gambling coming to Ontario
In a bid to keep millions spent on offshore gambling websites in the province, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. says Ontarians will have access to legal online gambling by 2012.
Across Canada and around the world, online commerce is part of our everyday lives and OLG is excited to start the consultation process for online gaming and growing its marketplace in the future, OLG chairman Paul Godfrey said Tuesday.
Thousands of Ontario residents spend nearly $400 million a year through unr ...
Aug 11, 2010, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Federal online gambling legislation clears big hurdle
Maybe there are some teeth in the push for legalization and sensible federal regulation of the Internet gambling industry after all.
Sponsored by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) chairman of the House Financial Services Committee HR 2267 is a bill designed to establish federal oversight of an online gambling industry that currently resides in murky legal waters for U.S. players.
It passed overwhelmingly 41-22 via committee vote last week, advancing the legislation to the House floor, where it h ...
Aug 7, 2010, 10:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Congress rethinks its ban on Internet gambling
With pressure mounting on the federal government to find new revenues, Congress is considering legalizing, and taxing, an activity it banned just four years ago: Internet gambling.
On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill that would effectively legalize online poker and other nonsports betting, overturning a 2006 federal ban that critics say merely drove Web-based casinos offshore.
The bill would direct the Treasury Department to license and regulate Internet ga ...
Jul 30, 2010, 6:37 pm - Lottery News forum
What a mess: B.C. Lottery Corp. shuts down gambling site
Some placed bets with other peoples' money
The B.C. Lottery Corp. disabled its online gambling site last week because the accounts belonging to 134 users had been compromised, organization president and CEO Michael Graydon said Tuesday.
Graydon said that after a major relaunch of the website on Thursday, about $8,000 was wagered by accounts controlled by someone other than the owner and in 12 cases, users were able to view other people's personal information.
In one case, he said, the l ...
Jul 21, 2010, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum
Canada's new online gambling website may have been hacked
PlayNow may have compromised users' personal information, opposition party says
British Columbians' personal information may have been compromised when the government's online gambling website, PlayNow.com, crashed last week, according to the New Democratic Party.
PlayNow, the first government-sanctioned online casino in North America, was shut down only hours after it was launched last Thursday.
The B.C Lottery Corp. said unexpectedly high traffic caused the server to crash, so it had ...
Jul 20, 2010, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
High demand crashes B.C. gambling website
First-ever government-run online casino in North America
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation's expanded online gambling website PlayNow.com crashed hours after its launch Thursday due to overwhelming popular demand, an official says.
Michael Graydon, president of the corporation, said the casino site saw so much traffic it had to be closed for maintenance.
It's been an overwhelming success with people in British Columbia to the point where we hit 100 per cent capacity in the first ...
Jul 17, 2010, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
N.H. Lottery delays online game amid controversy
The state Lottery Commission has pulled back its planned July 1 launch of new games that add an Internet element to scratch ticket gambling.
In an announcement late yesterday, the commission said it will push back the soft launch of PlayNowNH.com, and use the time to educate state leaders about its new interactive game.
The commission ran into stiff headwinds among lawmakers last week when it posted advance notice on its website of the PlayNowNH suite of games. The Legislature rejected ex ...
Jun 29, 2010, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum
NH Lottery offering online gambling games
Gamblers will be able to buy lottery tickets in New Hampshire next week to play online a move seen by some as an expansion of the kind of gambling that state lawmakers oppose.
PlayNowNH interactive games go on sale July 1.
In them, players choose the game baseball, super slots, speed bingo or New Hampshire poker and the amount they want to play.
For example, players can buy chances for the $1 baseball game on one ticket or a separate ticket with chances for the $5 poker game. They can b ...
Jun 25, 2010, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Senate approves Internet sweepstakes ban
The North Carolina Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday to shutter hundreds of new businesses that bill supporters argue are offering just another form of illegal video poker where people buy phone or Internet time, then play games on computer screens to win cash and prizes.
By a vote of 47-1, the chamber continued its long history of opposing video gambling, this time through electronic and computer-based devices springing up at new sweepstakes cafes or business centers.
Jun 22, 2010, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
US Rep. introduces revised Internet gambling bill
In March, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) announced that he was re-introducing legislation to tax licensed Internet gambling in the U.S.
The bill, known as the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act, is a companion to legislation introduced by Rep. Barney Frank that would license and regulate online gambling. Rep. McDermott's bill includes new provisions that weren't in the original version introduced in October, including a revenue incentive for States that could generate up to an es ...
May 17, 2010, 7:45 am - Lottery News forum