Volunteers from local charities celebrate a fundraising milestone at Sarnia's Jackpot City. April 12, 2019 Photo by Melanie Irwin

Charities hit the jackpot at Sarnia gaming centre

Around 100 volunteers from local charities gathered at Sarnia’s Jackpot City Friday morning to celebrate an impressive milestone.

Sarnia Charitable Gaming Association President Shirley Pettit April 12, 2019 Photo by Melanie Irwin

Sarnia Charitable Gaming Association President Shirley Pettit

The gaming centre on Upper Canada Drive has raised $5 million in three years for area charities through the revitalization of charitable bingo and gaming.

Sarnia Charitable Gaming Association President Shirley Pettit said the money raised has a tremendous impact on the community.

“Legally, any money that is raised here at Jackpot City has to be spent here in Lambton County,” said Pettit. “All of the charities who run bingos know that. So they have special things that they want to do to help people, to help children and the money goes right back. It’s great!”

The program, which started over a decade ago, is delivered through a partnership between Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation [OLG], the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association [OCGA], the Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario [CGAO], local charities and gaming and bingo centre operators.