Western Canada Lottery and Scientific Games Offer Single-Game Sports Betting

Western Canada Lottery and Scientific Games Offer Single-Game Sports Betting
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The Western Canada Lottery Corporation now features single-game sports betting.

On Thursday, Scientific Games announced its Canadian Customer, the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC), will now offer single-game sports betting, real-time odds and futures bets. The new betting offerings are powered by Scientific Games Lottery’s sports betting engine.

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"We're extremely proud of the hard work by both the WCLC and Scientific Games Lottery teams that helped us rejuvenate the sports betting experience in western Canada and introduce real-time odds, futures and single-game betting," Tedda Sandercock, Vice President of IT for WCLC, said in a media release. "By integrating new sports betting functionality with our gaming system, we're now able to offer players an experience they've never had before."

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What Western Canada Lottery Will Offer

The new betting options means the WCLC will now offer point spreads, pro-line, props, over/unders, pools and futures bets. There is a $100 limit on bets.

"By using the new ticket builder functionality found online at sportselect.com, players can make their picks using real-time odds to generate a QR code which they then take to a lottery retailer to purchase their ticket," Sandercock said. "We're thrilled to offer this convenient new online approach to building a betting slip, while maintaining a more traditional method of building a ticket at retail for players who prefer it."

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Scientific Games will also provide the WCLC with an online subscription program that uses a player account management platform in addition to online instant games. The company provides games, technology and services to 130 lotteries in 50 countries, including nearly every North American lottery.

"We are excited to collaborate with WCLC to bring another first-to-market lottery offering to western Canada and support WCLC's strategic plan and generate maximum proceeds for the provincial partners it serves,” Christian Kometer, Managing Director International Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, said in a media release. “This is another great example of a multi-channel solution from Scientific Games Lottery technology that is modernizing the lottery experience.”

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Single-Game Wagering New in Canada

Single-game betting became legal in Canada on Aug. 27 after Bill C-218 was passed into law earlier in the month. The bill repealed paragraph 207 (4)(b) of Canada’s Criminal Code, which states consumers were only allowed to bet on at least three games or more.

The British Colombia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) offered single-event betting once it officially became legal in the country.

In the first five days, single-event betting was live, the OLG announced it took in more than $1 million in bets. Of the wagers placed during that span, nearly 74% of the bets were single-event type wagers, according to the OLG.

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