News Release

Scratch ticket vending machines come to Alberta

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) and Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) are pilot testing 20 Instant Ticket Vending Machines in Calgary and Edmonton over the next year as part of our commitment to meeting evolving customer expectations.

The intent of the pilot is to test whether Albertans 18 and over are interested in using this leading-edge, self-service technology as an additional, convenient method of purchasing scratch tickets.

“AGLC’s job is to ensure Albertans have the best options to consider when spending their entertainment dollar. We’re always looking for ways to improve gaming offerings in the province while being mindful of our commitment to integrity and social responsibility.”
- Bill Robinson, President and CEO, Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis

The 20 machines will be located in age-controlled casinos and Gaming Entertainment Centres, and will be installed from September 21 to October 9, 2015.

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 for one year. The pilot results will be reviewed before determining whether to continue or expand Instant Ticket Vending Machine placement.

Did you know?

Net proceeds from lottery tickets, vlts, slot machines and electronic bingo support important programs and services in communities across Alberta? Whether you visit a local library or access a health facility, gaming dollars are often at work, making a positive impact in the lives of all Albertans.