Today I learned an interesting paradox that arises when you buy lottery tickets with a credit card. Luckily, I was not the lottery ticket purchaser. I saw on a local TV news program, where a gentleman was very upset to find out that if you buy a lottery ticket, or services from the OLG, the Credit Card company treats it as a cash advance. Remember Cash Advances start incurring interest charges the moment it is charged to your card.
I thought this was a great idea as a deterrent to buying lottery tickets. It might also deter using the OLG Gambling online program. The credit card companies’ logic is sound. Think of it, I buy lottery tickets with money that I borrowed, but will promise to pay it back? The Credit Card Company wants you to have the cash right away, but the only way to do that is via a cash advance.
To quote the OLG web site directly:
It’s important to note that your credit card issuer may apply a cash advance fee when using credit cards on PlayOLG. To be sure, check with your credit card issuer.
Please note: Not all credit card institutions accept online gambling transactions. If yours is rejected, please try a card issued by a major Canadian bank or INTERAC Online.
Evidently, folks are not reading the suggestion to check with their Credit Card Companies as there are plenty of stories complaining about extra charges, and unnoticed cash advances.
Frankly, I agree with the Credit Card Companies (for once), but that is very mean-spirited of me.
One more helpful thing from the OLG site on their “Where does all the money go” page:
2% of forecasted OLG slot revenue to problem gambling funding