Convenience Stores ask OLG to immediately remove lottery terminals from bad retailers



    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA)
followed the Ontario and Gaming Corporation's (OLG) release of a detailed
study of lottery winnings by 'insiders' with a call to immediately remove
lottery terminals and tickets from those who try to cheat customers or the
OLG.
    "As OLG CEO Kelly McDougald said in her news conference yesterday, the
majority of lottery retailers are honest. But the fact that more retailers
than we thought may have defrauded the system is disturbing news and frankly
makes the tens of thousands of honest, hard-working people in our industry
angry," said Dave Bryans, President of the OCSA.
    "If this small minority of retailers don't act with integrity and to the
highest standards of fairness and trust, they should not have the privilege of
selling lottery tickets," added Bryans. "We fully support and encourage action
by the OLG to remove terminals and tickets from retailers who are found to
abuse the trust between the OLG and the public."
    The convenience store industry is a steward for the lottery business in
Ontario. Ontario's 10,000 convenience stores sell over 700 million lottery
tickets worth over $1.4 billion every year. The vast majority of these are
honest small business people who support their families by serving
neighbourhoods in communities all across the province.
    "We welcome the findings in the OLG's report and firmly believe that
anything that can help us improve the integrity of the system is a good thing.
That includes the scrutiny of the OPP. Anyone who tries to cheat or steal from
the system should pay the price", said Bryans.
    OCSA intends to continue working with OLG and will be discussing with its
members what else each can do to help OLG as it works to improve the system.




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For further information: Media inquiries: John Perenack,
perenack@primestrat.com, (416) 238-2576 or OCSA (905) 845-9152


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