Atlantic Canadians are playing on and seeing advertising from other unregulated gambling sites without realizing they cannot legally operate or advertise in Atlantic Canada, under Canadian and provincial law.
Although they promote their free “.net” websites, their goal is to redirect players to paid “.com” sites that are not legal under Canadian law. They might claim to be “licensed and regulated” overseas, but only Atlantic Lottery can legally offer online gambling and sports betting in Atlantic Canada.
As a publicly owned corporation, Atlantic Lottery was made to give back to local communities. Each year, 100% of our profit stays right here in Atlantic Canada, totalling more than $10 billion since 1976. We also support hundreds of local festivals, events and community groups.
About $140 million leaves Atlantic Canada every year due to play on illegal gambling websites. Illegal websites are not accountable to provincial or federal regulators, do not share profit or pay taxes locally and do not fund important government programs and services in our region.
Atlantic Lottery was created in 1976 to legally provide Atlantic Canadians who choose to play with the most responsible gaming options available. We have been recognized by the World Lottery Association and Responsible Gambling Council for offering the highest level of responsible gambling features and resources for our players. Find out more here.
Illegal websites may not offer the same commitment to responsible gambling or have healthy play tools that are not prominently featured. They often lack age of majority controls to make sure everyone is old enough to play.