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LottoMax winners collect $50M jackpot
By Todd Northrop A gay Vancouver couple who are marking their 30th anniversary next month will have plenty to celebrate after winning a $50 million lottery jackpot. Kurt and Claude Blanchette-Ebert claimed the winning ticket for last week's Lotto Max draw on Tuesday in front of media. Sixty-three-year-old Kurt told reporters he could barely believe his eyes when he checked his ticket, adding the win has not yet sunk in. I stuck my ticket into this machine and it read $50 million, he
Nov 4, 2010, 8:54 am - Lottery News

B.C. Lottery faces lawsuit from second problem gambler
A Vancouver Island man is suing the British Columbia Lottery Corporation because the company denied him a $42,500 jackpot on the grounds he's a registered problem gambler although the BCLC has never stopped him from losing money. At the time, Mike Lee was supposed to be barred from casinos entirely under the BCLC self-exclusion program, but his lawsuit contends that the company let him in and allowed him to gamble anyway. It's unconscionable to allow someone that has gambling issues to le
Jul 24, 2010, 10:19 am - Lottery News

What a mess: B.C. Lottery Corp. shuts down gambling site
Some placed bets with other peoples' money Includes video report The B.C. Lottery Corp. disabled its online gambling site last week because the accounts belonging to 134 users had been compromised, organization president and CEO Michael Graydon said Tuesday. Graydon said that after a major relaunch of the website on Thursday, about $8,000 was wagered by accounts controlled by someone other than the owner and in 12 cases, users were able to view other people's personal information. In
Jul 21, 2010, 7:59 am - Lottery News

Canada's new online gambling website may have been hacked
PlayNow may have compromised users' personal information, opposition party says British Columbians' personal information may have been compromised when the government's online gambling website,, crashed last week, according to the New Democratic Party. PlayNow, the first government-sanctioned online casino in North America, was shut down only hours after it was launched last Thursday. The B.C Lottery Corp. said unexpectedly high traffic caused the server to crash, so it had
Jul 20, 2010, 9:59 am - Lottery News

High demand crashes B.C. gambling website
First-ever government-run online casino in North America The British Columbia Lottery Corporation's expanded online gambling website crashed hours after its launch Thursday due to overwhelming popular demand, an official says. Michael Graydon, president of the corporation, said the casino site saw so much traffic it had to be closed for maintenance. It's been an overwhelming success with people in British Columbia to the point where we hit 100 per cent capacity in the first
Jul 17, 2010, 10:00 am - Lottery News

Gambling addict is suing B.C. Lottery Corporation
A North Delta woman launched a lawsuit against the B.C. Lottery Corporation this week alleging the company's self-exclusion program failed to help her curb her gambling addiction. North Delta is a distinct community located in British Columbia, Canada, about 20 miles from Vancouver. Joyce May Ross filed a civil suit in B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday alleging negligence and breach of contract by BCLC and two Lower Mainland casinos for failing to stop her from entering the two facilities and gam
Jul 17, 2010, 9:19 am - Lottery News

Monetary 'miracle' as 2 lotto jackpots won on same day
'Tis the season for giving, and the British Columbia Lottery Corp. got into the holiday spirit in a big way Tuesday, presenting checks to two separate lottery jackpot winners from B.C. A couple from Burnaby, Daniel Fehr and Maria Linsenmeier, matched six out of six numbers in this past Saturday's Lotto 6/49 draw to win $12.6 million, while Robert Sibley of Gibsons received a check for $2 million. He matched all six numbers to win the BC/49 jackpot on the same day. Just two nights before,
Dec 3, 2008, 9:27 am - Lottery News

Lottery winner dealt mix of grief and joy
It was an emotional roller-coaster yesterday for British Columbia's newest lottery millionaire. 52-year-old bus driver Glen Bell was in Richmond to pick up a check for more than $4.3 million after winning the Lotto 6/49 draw on Saturday. But as Bell and his family were on their way to the B.C. Lottery Corporation offices they found out about the death of his father-in-law. Bell says while the family went from jumping with joy to being in tears, they take solace in the fact the money wil
Sep 19, 2008, 11:21 am - Lottery News

Auditors find 21 unreported wins by BC lottery retailers but no fraud
Auditors studying the integrity of B.C.'s public lottery system found 21 previously unreported lottery wins of $10,000 or more by retailers who sell tickets to the public, says an independent report released Thursday. B.C. Solicitor General John Les, who ordered an independent probe of the lottery system last May, said the discovery did not point to fraud within the Crown-owned lottery corporation that raked in $2.4 billion in revenues in the 2007 fiscal year. 'There's not evidence per se
Nov 12, 2007, 10:17 am - Lottery News

Lottery CEO fired one day after poll
fThe president of the B.C. Lottery Corporation was fired one day after an internal poll last May showed public trust in the corporation had plummeted in the wake of a warning by the province's Ombudsman of possible fraud by some retailers. However, another poll taken a month later showed tfhe removal of BCLC president and CEO Vic Poleschuk had done little to restore public confidence, and public estimates of ongoing retailer theft had barely changed. The first internal poll, dated May 31,
Oct 16, 2007, 7:50 am - Lottery News

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