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Another way to lose your money

VLTs are so last decade - Manitoba is getting into the online gambling business.

The province is partnering with B.C. to provide games like poker - including real money transactions - online.

The idea is to keep some of the estimated $37 million that Manitobans spend at online gambling sites in province.

"The existing online gambling market is mostly unregulated, with over 2,000 grey market operators who offer few or no responsible gaming features and millions of dollars leaving the province every year," said Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton.

"Manitobans will now be able to play on a site where they can have confidence in game integrity (and) personal information security."

The province will put 5% of the revenues back into responsible gambling program - 2% to Manitoba Lotteries programs and 3% to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.