BCLC Slammed for Excessive Spending
British Columbia Lottery Corporation under fire after splashing out on responsible gambling conference
Documents recently published at the request of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation revealed a very irresponsible behaviour of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, regarding the last year’s New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference.
The conference was held from February 1 – 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver and left a bill of staggering $328,093.
With $73,800 earned in sponsorship and $45,652 in registration fees, the total loss was reduced to $208,642, which was still a considerable amount.
When these numbers went public, B.C Lottery Corp. quickly responded by saying the money spent wasn’t a loss but an investment in future business opportunities.
BCLC Believe They Did Nothing Wrong
As Angela Koulyras, the BC Lotto spokesperson explained, the company had allocated funds for activities promoting responsible gambling from the yearly budget, emphasizing the fact these funds were only a small portion of the BCLC revenues.
More than $1 billion is sent to provincial government on a yearly basis, and only $9.5 million is used for activities regarding responsible gambling. Koulyras said all related costs were accounted for and were used in a proper way.
She revealed that this year’s conference, which ended more than two weeks ago, costed less than $140,000. This amount is much closer to 2015 expenditure of $138,000, but also represents a significant difference when compared to $57,000 spent in 2014.
The highlight of this year’s edition was the signing of partnership deal between the US entertainment giants MGM and BC Lottery Corp, which will result in the implementation of the in-house developed Game Sense program in MGM’s facilities.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation was founded in 1984, and since 1985 has provided government-sanctioned lottery games in the fifth largest Canadian province.