Video lottery terminals to run 7 days a week
Previously, VLTs required to power off on Sundays
The P.E.I. government has made a change in the rules for video lottery terminals that will allow them to operate seven days a week in bars and lounges across the province.
There are currently 268 terminals at 39 sites across the province.
Previously, video lottery terminals in those establishments had to be turned off on Sundays.
There are also more than 250 slot machines at The Red Shores government casinos in Charlottetown and Summerside. These machines were already exempt from the Sunday prohibition.
Video lottery terminals in the other Atlantic provinces do not turn off on Sundays.
“What was happening is that we were hearing from a number of these operators that the playing field needed to be levelled,” said P.E.I. Finance Minister Wes Sheridan.
“The Red Shores locations had this opportunity, as did the other three Atlantic provinces. So we decided we would level the playing field and allow these operators to have the same hours of operation.”
VLT sales up on Island
After years of steady decline, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation is reporting its first increase in profits since 2008.
On P.E.I. lottery profits continued to drop over the last year, down about half a per cent from the year before.
Meanwhile revenues from ticket and VLT sales actually went up on the Island, but with operating expenses rising as well.