BCLC Injects $2 Billion Into Local Economy, Says Thompson Rivers University

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on October 20, 2021 - Last Updated on October 26, 2021

A recent study by Thompson Rivers University looked at the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s (BCLC) economic impact on Kamloops. The study focused on the site of the Crown corporation headquarters over the last 35 years.

As it turns out, gaming activities contributed nearly $2.2 billion to the economic and social development of the region.

“BCLC’s role to give back to British Columbians is underscored by its economic contributions to not only Kamloops but funds generated by gaming that go back to the people of our province in the form of healthcare, education and important community programs,” said Selina Robinson, minister of finance and minister responsible for BCLC.

“BCLC remains an important employer in the region and a vital organization for the people and communities of British Columbia.”

According to Dr. Peter Tsigaris, an economist who conducted the study, the Crown corporation guaranteed 667 full-time jobs in 2019/2020.

That includes nearly 445 positions at the Kamloops headquarters, as well as 222 in the community.

The TRU study estimates that $232m was spent on local goods and services, making it to the overall contribution of $324.9m.

According to the study, during the last 35 years,  BCLC spent $232m on local goods and services from Kamloops suppliers. In total, during that time, the lottery contributed nearly $324.9m to the local economy.

Measuring local impacts

The study also found BCLC provided $2.6m in community sponsorships for a total social impact of $6.2m. And employees donated almost $4m cash to local charities since 1985.

“We’re so proud of what BCLC has contributed to Kamloops, so appreciative of what Kamloops has contributed to BCLC,” said Lynda Cavanaugh, BCLC’s interim president and CEO. “And we look forward to many more years of success together.”

“Not only are BCLC’s operations positively contributing to the community but so too are our people, who are passionate volunteers, advocates and contributors.”

BCLC employees in Kamloops volunteer approximately 45 hours on average each year. Added up, that amounts to 475,659 hours and a cumulative social impact estimated at $32.2m. 

“BCLC is an important friend of the Kamloops Food Bank and many charities in Kamloops,” said Bernadette Siracky, the food bank’s executive director.

“BCLC’s people have a true passion for giving back and have donated a significant amount of their own time and resources to support countless causes and organizations that make a real difference in our community.”

Jackpot-winning ticket sold in Prince Rupert

One BC lottery player woke up almost $5.8 million richer on Oct. 7.

According to BCLC, a player in Prince Rupert purchased a winning Lotto 6/49 ticket, matching all six numbers. That ticket was one of two winners sold in the country. The winning players will split the jackpot equally.

Sharing the wealth

The $11,580,839 draw held on Oct. 6 resulted in a winning combination: 7, 18, 19, 38, 42, and 46.

Retailers in BC and Ottawa (ON) sold the winning tickets. Each winner will receive exactly $5,790,419.90. A ticket bought on PlayNow.com also scored the $1m guaranteed prize for an extra starry night for the lottery in BC.

The odds of hitting a Lotto 6/49 jackpot are 1 in 13,983,816.

The winners now have 52 weeks to claim their prizes. BCLC will reveal the winners’ names and retail locations after they claim their prizes.

So far in 2021, BC lottery players have earned more than $67.5m in winnings from Lotto 6/49.

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Katarina is a Toronto-based online gambling writer who holds a master's degree in journalism. Before joining PlayCanada, she was part of the AskGamblers crew where she reported about the world of online casinos and interviewed numerous iGaming experts. Being in the industry for 5 years, she became an expert in online slots.

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