LOTO-QUÉBEC AND YOU
Starting March 26th, Quebecers will be able to play Mise-o-jeu on espacejeux.com
Montréal, March 16, 2012 – Starting Monday, March 26th, Mise-o-jeu players will be able to place their bets online on an integrated, legal and secure site: Espacejeux. As announced by Loto-Québec in the fall of 2009, sports betting will soon be offered on a transactional site.
The Corporation’s lotteries are making their entrance into the virtual business world in an era where online purchasing is becoming increasingly popular. The Mise-o-jeu lottery, which is based on sports and statistics, was the obvious choice as the first of the Corporation’s online activities.
If not already registered, sports betting fans can open their account on Espacejeux and enjoy Loto Québec’s user-friendly and dynamic online gaming site. They will then be ready to place their bets starting Monday, March 26th, just in time for the baseball season and the National Hockey League playoffs.
Mise-o-jeu on Espacejeux, so user-friendly!
To place a Mise-o-jeu bet online, players must first become members of Espacejeux by registering in accordance with security standards and rules established by Loto‑Québec. Registration only takes a few minutes to complete. Note that Loto‑Québec has implemented a set of verification and prevention measures on its site, including a check of players’ identity and age, and particularly ensuring that they are residents of Québec and are over 18 years of age. This service is carried out by an external firm.
Starting March 26th, upon confirmation of account opening on Espacejeux, sports betting enthusiasts may make their predictions and place bets by clicking on the Purchase Online button.
Wins will be deposited directly in the bettor’s account. However, prizes worth $50,000 or more must be claimed at Loto-Québec offices.
In 10 days’ time, Mise-o-jeu players will have a range of options: betting online on Espacejeux from their computer, their tablet or smartphone; placing a bet with one of our 8,600 retailers; or preparing their predictions on the miseojeu.com site and validating them at a Loto-Québec point of sale.
A trend that is here to stay
The advent of the web has changed the face of business, and Loto-Québec must keep up with the times. We must not forget that Quebecers are exposed to over 2,000 illegal online gaming sites that are not regulated and whose integrity is often doubtful. It is Loto-Québec’s mandate to channel and supervise games of chance while increasing the Corporation’s efficiency and overall performance.
Consequently, following the example of other Canadian lottery corporations, specifically those in the Atlantic provinces and British Columbia that have been offering their products online for almost 8 years, Loto-Québec is now meeting the expectations of sports event bettors, a clientele mainly made up of men aged between 18 and 49 years who are frequent users of the web.
Mise-o-jeu on Espacejeux starting March 26th
Loto-Québec’s mission is to responsibly manage games of chance in a controlled and measured fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. During financial year 2010-11, the Corporation awarded over $900 million to winners of its various lotteries. Since April 1, 2011, Loto-Québec has paid out 43 prizes worth $1 million or more.
Media Relations Department