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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, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division of Service Nova Scotia processes charitable gaming applications and grants licences. Learn more.

Who runs the casinos and the lotteries?

Casino Nova Scotia, which is owned by the Great Canadian Entertainment, 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 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

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.

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

The Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line provides crisis support for anyone, or someone they care about who may be experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis. The Crisis line is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167 or Visit Site.

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