ALC sets gaming age at 19 for entertainment centre - Tuesday 12th of July 2005

The Atlantic Lottery Corporation announced Monday gambling at the new Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre will be restricted to those 19 and over.

Darlene Doucet, spokesperson for the gaming agency, said families will be welcome inside the new entertainment centre but certain barriers will exist.

“Families are welcome to come in and view the racing and the restaurant, you just can’t play a game of chance or cash in a winning ticket,’’ Doucet said. “You must be 19 to enter what we call the gaming floor which is where the electronic gaming terminals are.’’

Those under the age of 19 won’t be permitted to place bets at the parimutuels, won’t be allowed to buy lottery tickets at Atlantic Lotto’s booth inside the entertainment centre, are prohibited from entering the gaming area and simulcast lounge.

Doucet said restricting the age to 19 is unique for the gaming agency because 18-year-olds are allowed to buy lottery tickets at lotto booths inside retail stores.

“It’s something very unique for us because we’ve never been involved in a facility of this kind.’’

She said the decision was made to restrict all betting to those 19 and over across the board.

“If you look at bars, the age to enter is 19 on P.E.I. To buy lottery tickets inside retail stores the age is 18. For us, because both are in the same facility, we decided to make it 19 across the board.’’

She said security will be in place and the age of majority for the centre will be enforced at all times.

Doucet said construction for the $25-million entertainment centre is on schedule and will be opened to the public sometime before Old Home Week officially begins on Aug. 12.

Live racing returned to the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, June 4, before taking the traditional week off for the Summerside Lobster Carnival.

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