P.E.I. cutting back on VLTs and sites as part of new gambling strategy

Staff ~ Transcontinental Media
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CHARLOTTETOWN The P.E.I. government has a new gambling strategy that includes cuts to the number of video lottery terminals and the places they can be found.

Treasurer Wes Sheridan says the number of machines will be reduced by 20 per cent, while the number of VLT sites will be cut in half.

Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion will not be affected by the move.

As well, the minimum age for gambling and purchasing lottery tickets on the Island will be set at 19.

The province is also promising a significant increase in funding for so-called responsible gambling initiatives.

Other measures include the hiring of a full-time gambling addiction specialist for P.E.I. Addiction Services and a 24-hour help line for problem gamblers.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion, P.E.I. Addiction Services

Geographic location: CHARLOTTETOWN

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