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Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the money go?

100% of gaming profits go back into our communities. This money helps support important programs and services, like schools, roads, and health care, which benefit all Nova Scotians. Learn more.

Where can I get a lottery licence?

The Alcohol and Gaming Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations processes charitable gaming applications and grants licences. Learn more.

Why "Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation?"

We want our name and identity to clearly represent what we do and who we serve. We are more than the corporation that runs casinos and lotteries in Nova Scotia. By becoming the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, our name encompasses the entire industry we manage and is far more concise. Learn more.

Who runs the casinos and the lotteries?

Casino Nova Scotia, which is owned by the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, manages our two casinos – one in Halifax and the other in Sydney.  Atlantic Lottery operates ticket and video lottery for the four Atlantic Provinces, including Nova Scotia. Learn more.

What is the difference between Atlantic Lottery and NSGC?

Atlantic Lottery is the operator of ticket and video lottery in Nova Scotia. That means they sell lottery products in retail locations and online. NSGC is a shareholder in ALC and NSGC is responsible for ensuring the Province’s direction for gaming in Nova Scotia is carried out by ALC.  We make decisions on whether lottery products are right for Nova Scotia. Learn more.

What are you doing to prevent problem gambling?

Nova Scotia Gaming is committed to minimizing gambling harms. We want players who are experiencing harms from gambling to reduce their play or stop gambling altogether.

Overall, our approach is to ensure our players have all the information and tools they need to make informed choices to help reduce the risk of harms. We build and implement innovative programs based on best practices and research, such as the training programs for Casino Nova Scotia and ticket lottery/video lottery retailers. We also have voluntary-self exclusion available at Casino Nova Scotia and through alc.ca.

What is the problem gambling rate in Nova Scotia?

Nova Scotia has among the lowest problem gambling rates in the country at 0.8% of individuals who gamble. However, we believe that just one person who has a problem with gambling is one too many. Learn more.

What is being done to address problem gambling?

Experiencing harms from gambling can be devastating, for the individual, their family, friends and their community.  Every year, NSGC provides funding to the Department of Health and Wellness. Learn more.

If someone has a problem, where can they get help?

If you or someone you know is experiencing harms from gambling, please contact the Gambling Support Network (GSN). The GSN provides online and phone support for Nova Scotians and their families who may have gambling-related concerns.  The services are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Call the trained counsellors for province-wide and free support at the Gambling Support Network: 1-888-347-8888 or TTY access through 711, or visit gamblingsupportnetwork.ca

Does NSGC give away cash prizes?

NSGC does not give away cash prizes directly to Nova Scotians. If you are contacted by someone offering you a cash prize from NSGC, or its former name the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries & Casino Corporation (NSPLCC), please know this is a scam. Trust your instincts and exercise caution with any calls or offers that seem too good to be true. You can find tips on how to protect yourself and actions to take if you’ve been targeted in a scam on the RCMP’s website