How gaming works in Alberta
Alberta uses a charitable gaming model. This involves:
- charitable organizations – who are given licences to run casino and bingo events, and sell raffle and pull tickets.
- private casino operators – who own the casinos used by charities.
- bingo associations – who run bingo halls on behalf of member charities.
- horse racetrack operators – who run racing entertainment centres.
- First Nations casino operators.
- private businesses – who run lottery kiosks and vlt lounges.
- volunteers – who serve at charitable casino events and bingo halls.
- employees – who work for casino operators, bingo halls, lottery ticket centres, and vlt retailers.
- licensing and regulating charitable gaming
- issuing licences for gaming establishments like casinos, bingo halls and vlt sites
- registering people who work in the gaming industry
- inspecting establishments to check that games are being run properly
- auditing charities to check that they are using their gaming proceeds as planned
- informing people on how to play responsibly through the GameSense brand
- investigating criminal gaming activity
- owning and maintaining all slot machines, vlts, lottery terminals and electronic bingo
Where do proceeds go?
Proceeds from gaming are invested back to our communities:
- The Alberta Lottery Fund distributes proceeds from slot machines, vlts, lottery tickets and electronic bingo.
- Charitable organizations deliver their services with proceeds from paper bingo, casino table games, raffles and pull tickets.