Gift cards and a Samsung tablet are some of the prizes up for grabs during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week in Langley.
Langley is one of five communities where gambling awarness activities are planned - the others are Prince George, Kamloops, Vernon and West Shore.
For the local event, BCLC has partnered with the Langley Community Services Society.
The public is invited to check out the BC Lottery Corp. Myth-Busting Kiosks that will be in five locations over a five-day span. People can learn myths and facts about gambling through interactive games.
- Tuesday, Jan. 22 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Langley Seniors Resources Centre
- Tuesday Jan. 22 2-4 p.m.: Langley Community Services Society
- Wednesday, Jan. 23 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Save-on-Foods, Aldergrove
- Thursday, Jan. 24 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: IGA, Walnut Grove
- Friday, Jan. 25 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Willowbrook Shopping Centre
The activities are part of Gambling Awareness Month during January, and culminate in a public open house on Jan. 26 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, room 1030.
It runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with speakers starting at 10:30.
There will be a draw for a Samsung tablet for those attending.
Responsible Gambling Month activities also include Twitter and Facebook contests.
Complete rules for each are available through the BCLC website.
For the Twitter contest, people must be 19 or older and retweet BCLC's tweet about responsible gambling activities in each community.
The Langley BCLC Twitter contest runs from 9 a.m. on Jan. 25 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 26.
The prize is a $50 Visa card.
The Facebook contest period ends at 5 p.m. on Jan. 31.
For this contest, people must post an image about what responsible gaming means to them or they can get their name entered by emailing the image to BCLC. (Check out the rules online).
BCLC has put out the word that it's looking for volunteers to help with these events.
If you are interested in knowing more or wish to set up an interview, contact the organizers at email@example.com or 604-225-6460.
Gambling by the numbers:
For the fifth consecutive year, the BC Lottery Corp. made more than $1 billion in net income in 2011/12.
More than $581 million was paid out in prizes. In 2011/12, BCLC contributed $1.098 billion to provincial coffers. The government allotted the largest portion, $696.3 million, to consolidated revenue for public service programs including health care and education.
Host Local Governments (HLGs) that have a casino or community gaming centre within their borders receive 10 per cent of the facility's net revenue.
In 2011/12, $83.1 million was disbursed among 30 communities. These host governments decide how to spend their share.
That same year, BCLC paid $599.5 million in commissions to lottery retailers and gambling facility service providers.
In 2011/12, close to 5,000 charitable and community organizations benefited from over $134 million in gaming grants.
About 37,500 people in B.C. are directly and indirectly employed in gaming operations, related government agencies and charities, as well as services that support the gaming industry.
What are the odds?
- Odds of winning a jackpot or MAXMILLION prize are 1:28,633,528.
- Fifteen $50 million LOTTO MAX jackpots have been won in Canada since the game
launched in 2009.
- The number '28' has been drawn the most in all LOTTO MAX draws.
- This year marks Lotto 6/49's 30th anniversary which was launched on June 12, 1982.
- 64 per cent of Lotto 6/49 tickets are sold via Quick Pick
- Odds of winning a Lotto 6/49 jackpot are 1:13,983,816.
- From BCLC