Alberta gambling revenues increase for first time since 2015 Robinson Fletcher, CDC News · January 5, 2019 at 12:40 pm Following two straight years of decline, Alberta’s gambling revenues grew by $4 million in 2018, driven mainly by increased use of video lottery terminals. Revenues from VLTs, casino slot machines and electronic bingo totaled $1.736 billion for the fiscal year, according to the latest annual report from Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis. That’s up slightly from $1.732 billion in 2017, which marked a low point for provincial lottery revenues in Alberta. The province’s annual take from its gaming activities peaked in 2015 at $1.906 billion but then slid for the next two years, which the AGLC says was connected to the economic downturn. Gambling revenues and the economy often go hand-in-hand, according to David Hodgins, a psychology professor at the University of Calgary and research coordinator with the Alberta Gambling Research Institute.