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Manitoba Online Gambling Update Reveals Disappointing Numbers

Canada's province of Manitoba has released its initial report for online gambling numbers, noting that the activity has only brought in $300,000 for the first six months of operation.

That number is significantly lower than what officials expected, meaning that online gambling would have to significantly pick up in order for it to hit the projected $1.5 million that was predicted for the whole year.

Despite the poor numbers, Manitoba Liquor and Lottery Spokesman Andrea Kowal said that the province still expects online gambling to generate $17 million by 2018. Kowal went on to claim that the lower revenues are due to competition with offshore websites as well as a delay in getting online lottery and bingo games online.

Manitoba operates a provincial copy of PlayNow.com, which is an identical site to the one that the province of British Columbia operates, for which it currently generates $30 million in tax revenue annually.

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