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Jacques
from Montréal asks:
Isn’t it a bit hypocritical to spend 30 times more in advertising than in prevention campaigns when you know the risks of addiction? It’s contradictory.
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Jacques
from Montréal asks:
Isn’t it a bit hypocritical to spend 30 times more in advertising than in prevention campaigns when you know the risks of addiction? It’s contradictory.

OUR ANSWERS

Dear Jacques:

Thank you for your question.

We always seek to provide our players with a maximum of information, allowing them to make informed decisions, and determine their time and budget limits, thus avoiding any loss of control. Responsible gaming is of great concern to Loto-Québec. We take concrete measures to ensure that a game remains a game.

Loto-Québec has a dual mission combining its commercial mandate of generating revenue for the government and its social mandate of minimizing any negative consequences linked to games of chance. We seek daily to reconcile these two complementary mandates.

Have a nice day.

Brian
from Gore asks:
Do you have the same odds of winning on the same machine whether you bet small or big?
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Brian
from Gore asks:
Do you have the same odds of winning on the same machine whether you bet small or big?

OUR ANSWERS

Yes, you have the same odds of winning whether you bet small or big.

The amount of money you bet does not influence the odds of winning. The odds remain the same because the outcome of every game is randomly determined by a random number generator (RNG). Each slot machine is equipped with a microprocessor similar to the one in your home computer. You might say that the RNG is in perpetual motion; it is constantly selecting random numbers every millisecond. The RNG generates a value which is then translated into s specific set of numbers to correspond to the symbols on the reels. The outcome of each spin is determined by the number selected by the RNG. This number is chosen when you hit the spin button.

As the outcome is determined solely by chance, strategies are ineffective for machines or any game of chance, with the sole exception of poker, for which certain strategies may improve a player’s odds of winning. But even poker involves a significant element of chance due to the randomness of the cards dealt.

If you play games of chance, you must first accept the risk of losing your wager. Winning is an exceptional situation. The more you play, the greater the odds of losing the money you bet at each game. Of course, some lucky players occasionally win more money than they bet. However, financial losses are inevitable for those who play regularly or excessively.

For example, the probability of winning a Lotto Max jackpot with one play is 1 in 28,633,528.

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