British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

November 06, 2006 11:30 ET

British Columbia Lottery Corporation: Local Athletes Star on New Lottery Tickets

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 6, 2006) - Today, British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) announced the launch of the new SportsFunder Instant Win tickets featuring five British Columbian amateur athletes. The athletes featured on the new ticket are winners of last summer's Homegrown Heroes photo contest.

The SportsFunder Homegrown Heroes are: Alex Greenlay, a hockey player from Golden; Richard Peter, a wheelchair basketball player from Duncan; Audrey Erlandson, a triathlete from Comox; Becky Hartley, a softball player from Burnaby and Jonathan Redman, a snowboarder from Whistler.

"Sports have opened many doors for me. I choose to make myself better by doing something I really love," said Richard Peter, the two-time Olympic gold medalist now on the Homegrown Heroes ticket. "People give up on their dreams because of obstacles, but sometimes you have to get out there, overcome obstacles and reach for the star that's right in front of you."

The $2 SportsFunder Homegrown Heroes ticket features over $1 million in prizes, including top prizes of $20,100. Available for purchase at lottery retailers throughout the province, proceeds from the sale of every Homegrown Heroes ticket are directed towards amateur sports in B.C. The Homegrown Heroes ticket also features Share the Dream prizes where winners receive $1,000 and get to select an amateur sports organization to receive $1,000.

"We selected these athletes based on the quality of the images submitted; however, what really impressed us was the depth of their commitment to sports," said SportsFunder Brand Manager, Nicole Bour. "We hope our players will enjoy these games and take pride in supporting amateur sports in B.C."

SportsFunder was developed in celebration of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Proceeds from SportsFunder lottery games will be distributed by the provincial government to directly support: Sport BC's KidSport™ program providing sport registration grants to financially disadvantaged children; Team BC, providing support for high-performance B.C. athletes; Coach and Leadership Development to provide educational and certification opportunities for coaches; and Youth Travel Assistance for B.C. athletes to access training facilities and sporting competitions.

SportsFunder lottery games are available wherever lottery products are sold in British Columbia. Lottery products are only for sale to adults 19 years of age and older. British Columbians interested in starring on an upcoming SportsFunder ticket can enter on

British Columbians interested in appearing on an upcoming SportsFunder ticket can visit for more details.

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.

Contact Information

  • BCLC
    Owen Gormley
    (604) 247-3013 or Cell (604) 220-2915