Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Citizen
So many last-minute applicants flooded the website handling Ontario’s cannabis shop lottery that the deadline was extended by an hour on Wednesday.
For an entry fee of $75, people or corporations can enter the lottery to win the right to apply for a licence to run one of the province’s first bricks-and-mortar cannabis shops.
The deadline to enter was noon Wednesday, but after complaints that the website was slow or crashing, the deadline was extended to 1 p.m.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which is responsible for licensing the privately-run pot shops that will open this spring in the province, is also responsible for the lottery.
The AGCO tweeted at 12:26 p.m. on Wednesday that it would extend the noon deadline “to remain as far as possible” because the surge of last-minute applicants created computer system problems.