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Sask. Distributes Gaming Grants to Provincial Groups

Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan has recently sent out its charitable gaming grants to provincial groups and organizations for the second quarter of 2023-24. For Q2, approximately 750 groups and organizations in more than 200 communities across the province shared CA$2.1 million in grants, which support a wide array of charitable activities and organizations.

These grants are generated when groups run licensed, charitable gaming activities such as bingo, raffles, breakopen ticket sales, Texas hold ’em poker tournaments and Monte Carlo events. Charities are not required to apply for the contributions and they are equal to 25% of the net revenue raised by each charitable event up to CA$100k per group or organization.

Recipients of the Q2 Grants

Some of the recipients of the LGS grants in Estavan shared a total of CA$11,999.21 and included the Envision Counselling and Support Centre with CA$3,778.24, the Estevan Daycare Co-operative with CA$1,107.26, the Estevan Golden Eels Swim Club with CA$1,010.61, the Estevan Kinette Club with CA$2,059.55, the Estevan Lacrosse Association with CA$71.13, and the Estevan Figure Skating Club with CA$815.31.

Four organizations in Carlyle split a combined CA$5,599.37. They were the Carlyle Public Library with $121.55, the Cornerstone Family and Youth Centre Inc. with $191.25, the Royal Canadian Legion’s Carlyle branch with $4,661.57, and the Southeast SuperNovas softball team got $625. Meanwhile, groups in Oxbow received a total of CA$1,536.

According to the LGS, two groups in Bienfait were recipients of grants totalling CA$436.25. Those were the Centennial Parks and Recreation Board with CA$61.25 and the Bienfait branch of the Royal Canadian Legion with CA$375. Meanwhile, two Lampman organizations split CA$1,408,68. It was the Lampman & District Lions Club with CA$1,236.25 and the Lampman Recreation Board getting CA$172.43.

Additionally, two agencies in Redvers shared total gaming grants of CA$1,041.63, the Redvers & District Recreation Centre received CA$457.50 and the Redvers Minor Hockey bagged CA$584.13. The lottery regulator also reported grants were issued to the Southeast Shrine Club, listed under Alameda with CA$177.50, the Stoughton Lions Club with CA$480 and the Tribune Community Club with CA$235.18.

Latest on the Province’s Gambling Landscape

Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan is a relatively new Crown corporation assigned to oversee gambling in the province. It started operations on June 1, 2023, and tries to keep up with the stride of the quickly expanding gaming landscape, while also keeping the unique setting of having distinct operators, such as Sask. Lotteries, SaskGaming and Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.

In November 2022, Saskatchewan saw the opening of its first regulated iGaming initiative via the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s platform PlayNow. The market registered 15,000 customers since launched and the iGaming sector was profitable in its first fiscal year. PlayNow reported that it has handled CA$113 million in online slot play from November to the end of March 2023

Source: “Southeast organizations receive gaming grantsSaskToday, December 6, 2023