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01-03-2013, 05:46 PM
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Alberta's Wildrose party proposes lottery to fund NHL arenas

Alberta's Wildrose party has come up with a lottery scheme that it hopes will skate around the politics of funding new NHL hockey arenas in Edmonton and Calgary.

The idea is to use the Oilers and Flames brands and expand a digital lottery game called Keno into 1,000 bars and pubs across the province. Much of the proceeds would help pay for the new facilities.

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says about $20 million a year would flow to each city, not directly to the Edmonton Oilers or Calgary Flames organizations.

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