Saskatchewan establishments with video lottery terminals will be getting a bump in the commission money from their machines.
VLTs can be operated again as of today, July 6th, as they fall under the re-opening phase with casinos and bingo halls. In addition to the machines being playable again, hotels, restaurants and bars will temporarily receive a bigger commission cut for allowing them to operate in their space. Until January 3, 2021, operators of VLTs will get 25 per cent of the revenue instead of 15 per cent.
Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky says the move comes due to COVID-19’s severe impact on the tourism and hospitality industries, and this measure will help mitigate some the financial burden to these businesses.
The commission is paid to site contractors for providing space for the VLTs and electrical service, paying out prizes, emptying cashboxes and cleaning the machines. The Saskatchewan Lottery and Gaming Association is working with business owners and the Western Canada Lottery to make sure new cleaning protocols and physical distancing guidelines are followed.
Provincially, net income from VLTs was $155.3 million over the last year, with VLT sites getting $32.5 million of that in total.