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The Facts About Gambling

We know there are lots of myths about gambling in Nova Scotia. Here are the facts.

Gaming Stats (As of April 2019)
# of Casinos 2
# of VLTs 2,043
(excluding First Nation)
# of VLTs – First Nation 651
# of VLT Retailers 271
# of TL Retailers 1,022
# of Slot Machines 597 Halifax
285 Sydney
# of Tables 27 Halifax
6 Sydney


Average Prize Payout
Video Lottery 93-95%
Ticket Lottery 33-65%
Casino Slots 92%
Casino Tables 80%


Employment (# of direct jobs created by gaming)
Halifax Casino 353
Sydney Casino 127
ALC-NS Operations 26

Participation in Gambling

  • 74.2% of adults in Nova Scotia reported gambling at least once a year. Of these individuals, over 90% do so for entertainment and without risk.
  • Based on the Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI), 0.8% of the adult population (about 6,230) in Nova Scotia have a gambling problem or are defined as a problem gambler. An additional 1.8% (about 13,664) are considered at moderate risk of experiencing a problem with gambling.