News Release

Scratch ticket vending machine trial expands to grocery stores

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) and Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) want to find out whether Albertans 18 and over are interested in using self-service machines as an additional, convenient way to purchase scratch tickets.

Over the last eight months, Instant Ticket Vending Machines have been tested at 20 age-controlled casinos and Gaming Entertainment Centres in Calgary and Edmonton as part of a pilot project.

Now, four of the machines are being moved to select Real Canadian Superstore® locations to test their acceptance in a public setting.

The machines will be available at Real Canadian Superstore® locations at the following addresses:

  • 3575 – 20 Ave. NE, Calgary
  • 10505 Southport Road SW, Calgary
  • 17303 Stony Plain Road NW, Edmonton
  • 9711-23rd Ave. NW, Edmonton

In order to purchase a ticket, a player must first scan the 2D barcode on their driver’s licence to prove they are 18 years or older.

The Instant Ticket Vending Machines simply scan the licence, and do not retain any information about the purchaser. The machines are cash-only, do not give change, sell tickets ranging from $1 to $30 and include several responsible gambling features.

The pilot is scheduled to run until September 17, 2016. The pilot results will be reviewed before determining whether to continue or expand Instant Ticket Vending Machine placement.