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Mayor Tory would support Toronto lottery to fund transit, but foresees provincial resistance

Last Updated Feb 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm EDT

File photo (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The province may have killed the idea of road tolls as a City of Toronto revenue tool, but it hasn’t killed the imagination of one councillor.

Frances Nunziata wants to see the creation of a Toronto lottery, which would bring in millions of dollars that the city could use to fund crumbling infrastructure and costly transit projects.

Mayor John Tory likes the idea, but doesn’t see the city hitting the jackpot anytime soon. The city would need provincial approval first.

“I would love to see one but the notion that the province is about to jump up and create one and allow us to have a share of the lottery market I think is doubtful,” he said.

“But I think it might be kind of fun to have one and I think there would be people in Toronto who would step up and buy the tickets because they know it was going to save transit or something like that, but I’m not holding my breath.”