online casino and sports betting site in Québec is lotoquebec.com.Here’s why.
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It’s legal for an online casino to send you text messages without your consent.
How do you feel about receiving text messages?Correct!Wrong!
Online casinos aren’t allowed to send you messages without your permission. And yet, some illegal websites do it anyway.
Loto-Québec complies with the law. Don’t consent to receiving newsletters, emails, text messages, or notifications? Then it won’t send you any.
The profits from illegal online gaming websites are redistributed to all Quebecers.
Where does your money go?Right on.False.
It’s not always clear who owns illegal gaming or sports betting websites, in which country their owners are located, what laws they abide by, or what they’re doing with your money.
Any profits that Loto-Québec makes stay in Québec.
When you play on lotoquebec.com, your personal data is protected and kept confidential.
Is your personal information protected?Correct.Wrong!
Loto-Québec is committed to protecting your privacy. It even adopted a Privacy and Personal Information Protection Policy.
Sadly, there’s no way of knowing what illegal websites are doing with your personal data.
In Québec, all online gaming sites double-check that you’re of legal age before allowing you to play. Always.
Who’s checking your age?That’ right!Not true.
Illegal online gaming sites don’t always check this info. Some websites only ask the player for their age once they’re about to award them their prize.
Loto-Québec seeks to confirm the age and identity of all its players as soon as they open an account on its website. That way, it can make sure that no minors are playing online.
If an online gaming website can sponsor a sports team, then it’s for sure legal.
Who can advertise?Right on.Wrong.
Other online gaming websites are illegal, and aren’t allowed to advertise in Québec.
Generally speaking, they’ll advertise the free portion of their website, on which there are often no cash games. It’s just a way for them to lure you to their online casinos, which are illegal and via which you have to pay to play.
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If the other sites are illegal, why do they advertise?
Only Loto-Québec is permitted to advertise its online games of chance site. So why do we see ads for illegal sites? Because these ads are trying to entice you onto “free” sites with web addresses that end in “.net”. Don’t be fooled: there are no games of chance on those sites. Their sole purpose is to redirect you to illegal, paid “.com” sites.
A star does not make an illegal gaming website legal.
When a well-known public figure acts as a spokesperson for an illegal gaming website in Québec, the site still remains illegal in Québec. Period.
Beware of dubious practices that don’t respect the players.
Illegal sites sometimes allow players to play without verifying their age, or they automatically put them on their mailing list. These practices are prohibited by law!
Online casino and sports betting sites other than Loto-Québec’s site do not comply with Québec and Canadian laws.
Illegal sites may claim to be “certified” and “regulated” whereas there’s no ambiguity with the Loto-Québec website: it’s the only site mandated to legally offer games of chance in Québec.
Loto-Québec provides information and raises awareness about responsible gambling.
Loto-Québec provides players with several responsible gambling awareness tools, including the requirement of setting a deposit limit, and the option of setting time and loss limits. These tools are applied rigorously. Check them out here.
Money spent on prevention does not come from illegal sites.
Did you know that every year, $22 million is remitted to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux to fund research, prevention and treatment for problem gambling? That’s what being responsible is all about.
Illegal sites don’t contribute to Québec society.
In the last five years, Loto-Québec has remitted an average of $25 million* per week to the government, to contribute to the economic and social development of all Quebecers. When you play online on illegal sites, the money does not benefit the Québec population!
*For a total of $1.3 billion per year. Excluding 2021, due to the pandemic.