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VLTS and Gaming on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Located in the lower level of the Otineka Mall

Hours of Operation:
Monday Thursday 10am 1:00am
Friday Saturday 10am 2:15am
Sunday 12pm - 8pm

Phone: (204)-627-7186
Ticket centre: (204)-627-7189

Remember Keep it a Game.

The Opaskwayak Cree Nation Video Lotto Ticket Centre has VLT's, a snack bar, rest area lounge and ticket booths located in the VLT centre and one on the main level of the Otineka Mall.

History of the Early Years

In earlier years, there was not much gaming activity on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, except for maybe a weekly bingo with very minimal prize board. Bingo, however, seemed to be an event that is enjoyed by all age groups, both male and female.

In 1984, a Nevada Sales operation was established in an effort to complete the construction of a community recreation complex. This proved to be quite successful as the profits saw the completion of the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre. Sales had reached as high as $6 million in one year, but were eventually dramatically affected as a result of the introduction of Video Lottery Terminals.

Today, the Nevada ticket centre is located on the main floor of the Otineka mall and is still in operation that employs 3 people. The revenue generated from the profits also goes towards recreation programs of OCN.

In 1990, after years of negotiations the Band and the provincial government reached an interim agreement to allow the Band to set up its own Gaming Commission. The Gaming Commissions mandate is to license and monitor gaming activities defined in Section 207(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada. This includes raffles, 50/50 draws; break open sale bingos, media bingo, Calcutta, Monte Carlos.

To date, there are a number of licences and not all are organizations from Opaskwayak. There are licensees from the town of The Pas and licensees from other communities. Many of the other organizations seek licenses from Opaskwayak Gaming Commission due to the high traffic are in the Otineka Mall. A condition of each license issued is the Gaming Commission must provide a financial report after the completion of each event, which is subject to audit. Failure to comply with any of the terms and conditions of the Gamming Commission can result in suspension of the organization from further Licensing .An annual independent audit of the Gaming Commission activities is provided to the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation. Any and all records are available to the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation for review.

Due to the dramatic drop in sales in our break open sales. Negotiations to locate VLT's for the prime benefit of our community commenced in 1991. In September 1992, an agreement was reached with the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation to locate VLT's in the Otineka Mall. After a short period, it was quite apparent that this type of entertainment, in a non-alcohol environment, was a good investment. We therefore negotiated for more VLT's. We now have an entertainment centre in the Otineka mall that employs 10 full time and 5 part-time employees. And to combat the down side of gambling, the Opaskwayak Human Resource Development Centre employs two qualified Addictions counsellors who received training from the Minnesota Council of Compulsive Gambling Inc.

"If gambling is becoming more than just a game for you or anyone you know call the helpline,

944-6382 (winnipeg area) or 1-800-463-1554 (Toll free outside of Winnipeg)"


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