Vending machines containing scratch tickets are planned for the casinos and entertainment centres in Alberta.
Calgary and Edmonton are going to see 20 of these machines installed for a one-year test trial involving the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and the Western Canada Lottery Corporation. The machines are quite ingenuously built as they require driver’s license scanning for proof of age. Resident looking to use these machines will need to have cash on hand and learn how to use the self-serve mechanism.
Commission CEO Bill Robinson stated that “The AGLC’s job is to ensure Albertans have the best options to consider when spending their entertainment dollar.” With the gambling industry 5% contribution to government funds, out of the $1,2 billion revenue they reported, the commission is looking to see if the scratch card machines will catch with the Canadian public.
NPD’s David Eggen said that “This government has an addiction to gambling revenue”. The party criticizes this fact and urges the government to “have fewer VLTs, instead of putting out fancy, shiny, new ones.”
A spokesperson for Finance Minister Joe Ceci stated that officials are “taking a responsible approach to gaming,” when asked why there are new gambling machines added if problem gambling is a real issue in the province.