Imagine this. You’re running errands in Metropolis at Metrotown and you rush into the Lotto Signature Store to purchase your weekly lottery tickets. So far, it’s business as usual until the retailer behind the counter hands you your tickets and says “good luck!” With that, a curtain drops, a video camera is revealed and a marching band plays “The Saints Come Marching In.”
It may sound strange. But that’s exactly the scene that recently played out at BCLC’s Lotto Signature Store in Metropolis at Metrotown, and it was all captured on camera as part of an initiative to thank players. Why is BCLC thanking them? Because every time a dice is rolled at a casino or a lottery ticket is purchased, it funds community programs across B.C.
Customers in the Lotto Signature Store were surprised and thanked by a marching band to highlight the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts in Dawson Creek, by a bronze hockey statue representing the Nanaimo Museum Sports Hall of Fame, and lastly by a group of firefighters who expressed thanks on behalf of firehalls across BC. All of these community initiatives were made possible by funding from gaming, which was news to almost all of the players who were thanked.
Take a look at some of the Instant Thank You videos blow or watch them all here.
In 2012, the City of Nanaimo used $100,000 of provincial gaming revenue generated at Casino Nanaimo to allow the Nanaimo District Museum to keep its permanent collections and special exhibits open to the public and to continue sharing the stories of the area.
More than $11 million in gaming revenue has been used to to help fund safety programs in communities such as Terrace, Vancouver, View Royal, and Coquitlam. They’ve been able to fund local fire halls, additional fire fighters, as well as support fire rescue services.
The recently completed venue that was a vision of the late Mayor Calvin Kruk in Dawson Creek, is a hub for arts of all kinds. The centre took over five years to complete and the city used $2.3 million of provincial gaming revenue generated at Chances Dawson Creek to help give it the final push to open in the fall of 2014.
Find out how BCLC helps communities around the province here.