Loto-Quebec to reopen some retail lottery sale terminals beginning Monday

MONTREAL — Quebec’s lottery corporation says it will begin reopening some lottery terminals on Monday after shutting them down due to fears surrounding the novel coronavirus.

Loto-Quebec announced on March 20 that it would suspend sales of lottery products at retailers and in kiosks and disconnected its network of sales terminals, moving sales online only.

In a statement, the Crown corporation says it will reopen sales terminals and resume lottery ticket sales at retailers that have an outdoor entrance beginning Monday.

Sales at retailers inside shopping centres — including kiosks — remain suspended until further notice.

The province has announced a gradual opening of retail stores, but malls remain closed.

Quebec aims to open retail stores outside Montreal by Montreal while those in the greater Montreal region are to reopen May 11.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 2, 2020.



Loto-Québec resumes in-store lottery-ticket sales

Loto-Québec will resume lottery-ticket sales at retailers that have an outdoor entrance starting May 4, it announced Saturday.

However, the sale of lottery tickets inside shopping centres at retailers without direct outside access, including lottery kiosks, will not resume for the time being.

Loto-Québec halted the physical sale of lottery tickets and shut down its sales terminals on March 20 to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Lottery tickets are still available online at lotoquebec.com and via the Lotteries app.

The crown corporation said it is contacting retailers about the resumption of in-store sales.

It’s asking customers to continue to follow public health guidelines, including keeping 2 metres from others and washing their hands frequently.