British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

October 12, 2007 21:00 ET

British Columbia Lottery Corporation: New Gaming Centre Launches in Prince Rupert

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2007) - British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and 0733244 BC Ltd. are pleased to announce the official opening of Chances Prince Rupert, the new community gaming centre featuring harbour views, the latest in gaming entertainment, and high-end food service.

"British Columbia Lottery Corporation is proud to introduce a first-class entertainment facility to the City of Prince Rupert, its residents and visitors," said Marsha Walden, BCLC's Vice-President, Bingo Gaming.

Located at 240 1st Avenue West, this new 16,000 square foot facility offers 115 slot machines, two electronic Blackjack games, 120 touch screen bingo terminals, lottery products and off-track betting for horse races. In addition, players can enjoy high-end food service with a 60-seat restaurant, 40-seat lounge and 54-seat patio.

"We look forward to welcoming existing and new players to this brand new facility," said Craig Briere, President of 0733244 BC Ltd., and Chances Prince Rupert. "We invite the thousands of tourists that visit our region to come and experience what our city and Chances have to offer."

BCLC contracts with 0733244 BC Ltd. to provide day-to-day operational services for this facility. The numbered company comprises several shareholders, including West Coast Hospitality Ltd. and the Prince Rupert Bingo Association.

Gaming in B.C. supports over 6,000 charitable and community organizations throughout the province. In fiscal year 2006/07, 40 charitable and community organizations in the Prince Rupert area received $730,000 in community gaming grants, including $594,000 through bingo affiliation and almost $128,000 from direct access programs.

BCLC is committed to revitalizing B.C.'s commercial bingo industry in a socially responsible manner by offering an exciting entertainment experience in first-class facilities. Chances Prince Rupert will have a Self-Serve Responsible Play Information Centre, which will provide customer education and support related to responsible play and problem gambling.

BCLC is a provincial Crown Corporation reporting to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General through a Board of Directors. Its mission is to offer responsible gaming entertainment, generating income for the public good.

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