Ontario Lottery and Gaming “Exploring” Mobile Gambling App

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has announced it is “currently exploring” a mobile app option for customers of its PlayOLG website, the only provincial-government regulated Internet gaming site in the province.

OLG Spokesman Ryan Bissonnette explained to iPhoneinCanada.ca the company continues to “respond to industry trends and best practices including feedback from our customers,” to offer a competitive product. This also includes the possibility of a mobile app so PlayOLG can be access from a tablet or smartphone. No date was announced as to when a mobile option would become available.

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An earlier CTV News report said a PlayOLG app would be coming to the iPad, but Bissonnette did not confirm, only to say they are “exploring a mobile offering.”

Regarding real money gambling apps, here are Apple’s Developer Guidelines on the matter:

Apps that offer real money gaming (e.g. sports betting, poker, casino games, horse racing) or lotteries must have necessary licensing and permissions in the locations where the App is used, must be restricted to those locations, and must be free on the App Store.

From the Developer Guidelines, it would seem a PlayOLG app may be possible, since it’s a provincially run operation. Would you be interested in a PlayOLG mobile app?

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  • Martin

    Of course a PlayOLG app would be possible. Loto-Québéc have had their own app on the App Store for more than 3 years now. I don’t know why it’s taking Ontario so long! It’s really annoying given you can’t access their PlayOLG website from any mobile device, wether you’re connected through Wi-Fi or not, specially when you’re only trying to look up your winnings from a Lotto 6/49 or Lotto Max ticket.

  • Gilles

    Even if the app store was an issue, BC’s version just has a mobile website that can be used on any mobile device. Problem solved, and probably a cheaper alternative.