Casinos, VLTs drive gains in Quebec
LOTTERY STILL KINGLotteries still contribute the lion’s share of Loto-Québec annual revenues (Figure 2), thanks to the popularity of online play, which generated 63 percent of total sales of C$1.90 billion in 2008-09. Online sales increased $9.8 million (0.8 percent) during the year. Overall sales, however, declined 0.4 percent, a further sign of the maturation of the traditional draw and instant ticket markets, where sales declined 10.2 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.
The popularity of video lottery continued unabated in 2008-09. Despite a 36 percent decrease in the number of bars and brassieres offering VLTs, as mandated by the company’s 2004-2007 development plan, revenues increased 1.4 percent to C$1.06 billion. (Figure 1) The current VLT network consists of 10,735 terminals at 2,321 locations.