Third Party Break Open Ticket Admin Eliminated
I am very pleased to announce that after our many years of lobbying the government has agreed with us that the 3rd Party BOT Admin Fee was unfair and has eliminated it. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli announced the change in the April 11 Ontario Budget. OCGA is already engaging with the AGCO on the implementation details and we should have more information to you shortly.
This is a great decision for charities and non-profits that raise funds through 3rd Party Break Open Nevada tickets. It allows our members and all BOT charities and non-profits to experience a 40% increase in revenue on a typical box of 50 cent tickets.
It will result in an overall significant increase in charity net revenues and we are hopeful that it will create renewed interest in this source of charitable fundraising by lapsed charities and new organizations.
We are very grateful to the government for this decision and in particular, to Minister Fedeli whose staff were very engaged with OCGA on this issue and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney, who took the time along with her staff to meet personally with me. I also met with Minister Rod Phillips and MPP Lindsey Park, who are both strong advocates for charitable gaming.
And finally, a special thanks to Jean Major, Chief Executive Officer, and Tom Mungham, Chief Operating Officer, of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. OCGA has been very fortunate to work with Jean and Tom for many years. They have always been strong supporters of charitable gaming and have championed new opportunities for charities and non-profits at every turn.