The contract is worth $100 million and means an additional 35 jobs will be created in Sault Ste. Marie, where Pollard Banknote operates its instant ticket finishing plant. That will bring the total number of full-time positions to 100, by Jan. 31, 2018.
“OLG is committed to maintaining strong partnerships with private sector companies like Pollard Banknote to help us deliver a great experience to customers and to generate increased revenue for the province. This partnership adds to our skilled lottery operations, headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Stephen Rigby, president and CEO of OLG, in a release.
“Our continued partnership with Pollard Banknote will allow OLG to maintain the excellent integrity levels in terms of ticket specifications and security that we have come to expect from Pollard and which are required to support the growing lottery business.”
Pollard said it has increased its production volumes over fivefold and doubled its employee levels at its Sault Ste. Marie finishing plant since becoming OLG’s primary Instant ticket supplier in 2007.
Douglas Pollard, Pollard’s co-CEO, called the Sault operation “an innovation leader in our company.”
“We are thrilled that the leadership and hard work of our dedicated staff are being rewarded with this contract extension and the additional jobs being created in Sault Ste. Marie.”
In 2015-2016, OLG’s lottery sales were a record $3.8 billion. Instant tickets such as Bingo, Crossword and Cash for Life are a significant part of OLG’s lottery business with annual sales of more than $1.1 billion.