Ajax slots expansion brings new jobs, new excitement

AJAX, ON, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - A major new expansion of the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation's Slots at Ajax Downs was officially opened today.

The new gaming floor introduces 550 new machines to the facility, more than doubling the original number of 250. Following renovations now underway to the original gaming area, a total of 800 machines will be on site at Ajax Downs in early spring 2010.

Other improved player amenities include a parking lot shuttle service, a new patron patio, two additional self-serve areas for patrons, and a redesigned lottery area and coat check.

"This is an exciting day for OLG and for Ajax and Durham Region," said Larry Flynn, Senior Vice President Gaming. "We've hired 66 new employees to staff the new, expanded facility - representing about an additional $2 million in direct payroll and benefits coming back to the community."

"This expansion means more jobs for Ajax-Pickering residents thanks to the Ontario Government's funding," said Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson. "Moving ahead with this expansion ensures on-going revenue to the Town of Ajax, which is welcome news for taxpayers in our community."

Mayor Steve Parish was delighted about the opening of the new gaming floor in Ajax. "The additional jobs and revenue are welcome economic benefits in this community and we look forward to continuing our great working relationship with OLG in the coming years."

Timeline for OLG Slots at Ajax Downs:

    
    -   February 2006: facility opens with approximately 250 machines

    -   January 20, 2010: new gaming floor opens with 550 new machines,
        including player favourites like Wizard of Oz and Fort Knox and 50
        new one-cent machines. Original gaming floor closes for renovations

    -   Spring 2010: Renovation to existing floor now underway - re-opening
        planned for early spring.
    

ABOUT OLG

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $28 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

SOURCE OLG

For further information: For further information: OLG Media Relations: 1-888-946-6716

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