$802 million paid to lottery winners across B.C.

It’s been an exciting year for lottery players in British Columbia with more than $802 million in total prizes paid out, including $226.2 million to players who purchased winning tickets in the Thompson Okanagan region.

BCLC sold more than 100-million winning tickets to players at retail locations and online on PlayNow.com — the province’s only legal gambling website. West Kelowna’s Jennifer Cole purchased one of these tickets online and scored a $31-million Lotto Max jackpot on July 8, 2021 which is the largest prize ever won in B.C. from a ticket purchased on PlayNow.com.

“As we welcome the new year, we’re excited to look back at 2022 and celebrate our players and the dreams that became realities for our lottery winners,” says Pat Davis, BCLC President and CEO. “BCLC is proud to generate revenue for the Province of B.C., which supports things we all rely on, like healthcare, education and community programs. We’re generating win-wins for the greater good, and today we’re celebrating the 24.5 million winning tickets sold in the Thompson Okanagan region in 2022.”

Lottery highlights, Thompson Okanagan region:

  • $226.2 million in total prizes paid to players
  • 24.5 million winning tickets sold
  • 18 grand prize-winning tickets sold, valued at $500,000 or more

In 2021-22, BCLC delivered $1.3 billion in net income to the Province of B.C., which distributed it in many ways to benefit British Columbians.

Learn more about where the money goes by visiting https://corporate.bclc.com/community-benefits/where-the-money-goes.html