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BCLC thanks players for 30 years of giving back

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Imagine this: You’re running errands at the mall and you rush into the local BCLC Lotto Signature Store to purchase your weekly lottery tickets. It’s business as usual until the large golden statue of a hockey player located just a few feet away suddenly comes to life, reaches over and gives you a fist-tap with his gloved hand to thank you for playing. 

Believe it or not, this scene recently played out at BCLC’s Lotto Signature Store. Why is BCLC thanking players? Because every time a dice is rolled at a casino or a lottery ticket is purchased, it funds community programs across B.C.

To celebrate 30 years of giving back to local communities, BCLC has surprised players in a hidden camera stunt. The players received a surprise thank you for their contributions to local communities and BCLC caught it all. Each video showcases how provincial gaming money has benefited a particular community. For instance, the golden statue represents the Nanaimo Museum, where the city took its share of provincial gaming revenue from Casino Nanaimo and gave $100,000 to the museum so it could keep popular collections like its Sports Hall of Fame open to the public.

In Langley, the city’s share of provincial gaming revenue has helped fund the construction of the Al Anderson Memorial Pool and the Timms Community centre with an injection of $11 million The family-friendly facilities help keep Langley residents active and entertained.

In Cranbrook, the Ktunaxa Nation uses their share of provincial gaming revenue to enhance the St. Eugene Casino and Resort; attracting tourism to the area and creating employment for the local community.

Many people don’t know it, but $0.89 cents of every BCLC dollar played goes back into B.C. communities, funding everything from education and sports fields to arts centres and summer concerts. Over the last three decades, BCLC players have helped invest more than $18 billion in communities across the province.

To find out about gaming-supported projects in your community, visit playitforward.bclc.com. Or visit them on Facebook (facebook.com/bclc30)

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