British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

November 09, 2007 17:30 ET

British Columbia Lottery Corporation: Just How Rich Would You Be?

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMIBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2007) - While many people marvel at the idea of winning the lottery like this Saturday's astronomically large Lotto 6/49 $37 million jackpot, how rich would it really make you?

If you are lucky enough to collect this bonanza, you'd rake in about the same as a top level professional athlete:

- You'd make slightly more than football phenom David Beckham ($33 million(i)).

- BUT, you'd take home less than half of what Tiger Woods will make this year ($100 million(i)).

The winner of this Saturday's jackpot would also fair well amongst pop stars:

- You'd make close to $30 million more than pop starlet Britney Spears - recent media reports putting her annual haul at a paltry $8.9 million a year.

- BUT, you'd make about $12 million less than the King of Rock. That's right, Elvis Presley still earns about $49 million(i) a year even though reportedly he passed away 30 years ago.

Unfortunately, winning the Lotto 6/49 jackpot won't rank you in the top 100 of world's richest CEOs:

- You'd only make a fraction of the annual pay of software magnate Bill Gates, whose total wealth is $56 billion(i).

- AND, you won't even be richer than the richest British Columbian, Vancouver's Jim Pattison, whose fortune is valued at $3.8 billion(i).

While putting this Saturday's jackpot in perspective might seem discouraging, $37 million is likely sufficient to pay for enough luxury to help you get over it:

- You'd be able to comfort yourself with the knowledge that while those mentioned above had to work hard for their millions, you only had to buy a $2 ticket.

- PLUS, unlike most of these famously rich, if you do win the Lotto 6/49 jackpot, you'll be paid in Canadian dollars.

Lotto 6/49 is the national lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 6 p.m. (PST). Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at PlayNow on Group release forms for people playing in groups can be obtained at local lottery retailers or on The sale of lottery tickets to anyone under 19 is prohibited by law.

(i) Salary information taken from

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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