For more than 15 years, the Société des bingos du Québec (SBQ) has provided timely financial support to non-profit groups through the network bingo products it markets participating bingo halls.
Loto-Québec creates its new SBQ subsidiary, with a mission to market network bingo products and support non-profit groups.
SBQ business operations begin with a network of 179 bingo halls. Initially, two network bingo products are offered daily, one at 2:30 in the afternoon (Défi 51) and the other at 8:30 PM (Le Grand Tour).
Launch of Éclair, a complementary, Keno-type game played with the first 15 balls drawn.
A new Loto-Québec policy comes into force, where all network bingo profits are paid to non-profits.
The SBQ implements a new computer platform for network bingo, developed by the corporation's data processing team.
A new afternoon version of Le Petit Tour is launched, which offers customers higher prize levels.
A new version of Le Grand Tour is launched.
Éclair now becomes an independent game that requires a second, fast draw. Called Le Tour Éclair, the game is played just before Le Grand Tour and Le Petit Tour.
A new-format game strip is added to Le Grand Tour and Le Petit Tour.
Caméléon replaces Tour Éclair.
The SBQ celebrates its 10th anniversary. In 10 years, more than $100 million dollars have been paid out to more than 1,000 bingo-licensed non-profits.
Fiesta is launched. The new game is played at 11:30 PM in selected participating halls on Fridays and Saturdays. The product will remain available until November 2009.
Le Lièvre et la Tortue game replaces Caméléon.
New-format game strips come out for Le Grand Tour and Le Petit Tour.
The new La Course de cochons game replaces Le Lièvre et la Tortue.
A $1 ticket, Le Sprint, is launched, played along with La Course de cochons.
SBQ Managing Director's tour, meeting with some 400 representatives of non-profits.
A new prelude game, La Roue chanceuse, replaces La Course de cochons.
Inauguration of Kinzo, a new entertainment filled with suspense. With the launching of this game, SBQ pursues its prime objective which is to increase the revenues of those non-profit organizations (NPO's) that have chosen bingo as their source of funding.
A new version of Le Grand Tour and Le Petit Tour is launched.
A new prelude game, Tornade de fruits, replaces La Roue chanceuse.
A new prelude game, Coffres aux trésors, replaces Tornade de fruits.
Inauguration of the first Kinzo express halls.
Launch of 10 000 $ à l'heure, a new network game, offered at 10:15 p.m. in selected participating halls on Fridays.
A new prelude game, La Course de cochons disco, replaces Coffres aux trésors.
The new $1 ticket, Le Sprint, is launched, played along with La Course de cochons.
A new prelude game, La Bonne Étoile, replaces La Course de cochons.
The new Clair de lune ticket is launched, played along with La Bonne Étoile.
Constellation replaces Clair de lune.
The SBQ celebrate its 15th anniversary. Having turned over almost $135 million to NPOs, it has good reason to celebrate!
Launch of Porte-chance and Coquette, which replaces La Bonne Étoile and Constellation.