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Introducing Quest For Gold Instant Lottery

February 6, 2006 – On January 9th, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation launched a new instant lottery game called Quest for Gold. The Quest for Gold instant ticket is on sale at a $20 price point with all net proceeds allocated directly to Ontario’s amateur athletes. Over $15 million in sales is expected.

The game includes 5 tickets enclosed in a clear pouch offering consumers a chance to win:

“¢ One of 10 top prizes of $1,000,000
“¢ 5 prizes of $250,000
“¢ 10 prizes of $100,000
“¢ 10 prizes of $25,000
“¢ 250 custom designed gold medallions (produced by The Royal Canadian Mint)

In total there is $23 million in prizing to be won with overall odds of winning 1:6.

Quest For Gold Program

The Quest for Gold Program will provide additional support to Ontario amateur athletes through direct financial support, access to high performance coaching and enhanced competitive opportunities and services for Ontario athletes. The overarching goal of the Quest for Gold Program is directly related to the Enhanced Excellence goals of both ACTIVE2010 and the Canadian Sport Policy — to improve the performance and number of Ontario athletes performing at the national and international level, thereby contributing to the improved performance of Canada at international competitions.

Which athletes will be eligible for Quest for Gold funding?

General Athlete Eligibility Criteria (applies to Canada and Ontario Cards):

– Athlete must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
– Athlete must be a resident of Ontario for one year prior to his her nomination for carding status
– Athletes must be training and continuing to train in Ontario. Exceptions will be made providing that the athlete can substantiate that:
– He/She cannot receive the required level of training in Ontario (i.e. due to lack of facilities, coaching, competition);
– He/She must attend a post-secondary institution out-of-province because the course of study is not available to him/her in Ontario;
– It is more financially feasible to attend a post-secondary institution out-of-province.
– Athlete must be a member in good standing with PSO/ MSO and National Sport Organization (NSO) where applicable.
– Athlete must demonstrate a commitment and dedication to a proper training and competitive program.
– Athlete must be instructed by a coach that has been trained and certified in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) or equivalent.
– Athlete must not be under sanction as per the Canadian Anti-Doping Policy.

Direct financial support will be provided to eligible athletes from Ontario in the form of a living and training allowance. The Quest for Gold — Ontario Athlete Assistance Program will be provided through two carding designations — Canada Card and Ontario Card.

Canada Card – Eligibility limited to athletes from Ontario who are carded by Sport Canada. Canada Card will provide up to an additional 33% in funding over and above what an athlete is receiving from Sport Canada — dependant on funding available.

Ontario Card – Ontario Card will provide direct financial assistance to Ontario junior level athletes identified by Provincial Sport Organization/Multi-Sport Organizations.

After the Sport Specific Athlete Selection Criteria is approved by the PSO / MSO’s Board of Directors, it will be made known to the PSO / MSO’s membership and athletes and the PSO / MSO will apply this criteria to nominate the athletes for the Ontario Card.

Support your local Ontario athletes today and buy a Quest for Gold ticket!

For more information on the Quest for Gold — Ontario Athlete Assistance Program, please contact your Provincial Sport Organization/Multi-Sport Organization.

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