British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

March 26, 2008 22:30 ET

British Columbia Lottery Corporation/Media Release; Under G for "Good Time": Community Gaming Centre Opens Its Doors in Prince George

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - Calling all bingo fans, sports enthusiasts and extroverts: Prince George is now home to Chances Good Time, a state-of-the-art entertainment hot spot. After 11 months of construction, British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and Good Time Bingo Hall Inc. are pleased to officially open Chances Good Time on March 27, featuring bingo, slots, sports on the big screen, an entertaining social setting and a great menu.

"British Columbia Lottery Corporation is proud to work with the City of Prince George and Good Time Bingo Hall Inc. to open this new facility," said Marsha Walden, BCLC's Vice-President, Bingo Gaming. "Whether you'd like to try a game of chance, get a bite to eat with your friends or sit back and have a good time, there is something for everyone at Chances."

Located at 697 Quebec Street, this new 23,000 square foot facility offers 71 slot machines, 300 touch screen bingo terminals, 360 paper bingo seats, a lottery centre, and a 26-seat bistro. These entertainment amenities are complemented by Chances Good Time's northern wilderness theme, showcasing aboriginal and naturalist art.

"I believe that this will make our players, staff and affiliated charities very happy," said John Major, Owner, Good Time Bingo Hall Inc. "Chances Good Time offers a unique entertainment experience right here in Prince George. It is a fun place to go with your friends."

BCLC contracts with Good Time Bingo Hall Inc. to provide day-to-day operational services for this facility. Chances Good Time replaces Good Time Bingo, which operated on Vancouver Street since 1986.

Gaming in B.C. supports over 6,000 charitable and community organizations throughout the province. In fiscal year 2006/7, 176 charitable and community organizations in the Prince George area received over $5 million in community gaming grants, including almost $3.3 million through bingo affiliation and $1.7 million 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 Good Time will have a Self-Serve Responsible Play Information Centre to 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.

FACT SHEET

Chances Good Time, Prince George

- Opened on March 27, 2008

- Replaced Good Time Bingo, which operated on Vancouver Street since 1986

- Located at 697 Quebec Street, Prince George, BC

- Open from 9am to 2am, seven days a week. Slots open at 10am.

- 23,000 square foot gaming floor

- 71 slot machines

- 1 Super Slotto, a multiplayer style slot game with 8 stations and dual seating. This is the first of its kind in British Columbia.

- 300 electronic bingo terminals

- 360 paper bingo seats

- Full line of lottery products

- 26-seat bistro

- 100 part-time and full-time employees

- Chances Good Time will have a Self-Serve Responsible Play Information Centre to provide customer education and support for responsible play and problem gambling.

- Projected overall revenue during fiscal 2008/9: $17.3 million

- Projected share of net income from slot machines to host local government in 2008/9: $400,000

- In 2006/7, 176 charitable and community organizations in the Prince George area received over $5 million in community gaming grants, including almost $3.3 million through bingo affiliation and $1.7 million from direct access programs.

- BCLC contracts with Good Time Bingo Hall Inc. to provide day-to-day operational services for this facility.

- This is the 12th Chances facility to open in the province. Chances community gaming centres provide a broad array of entertainment choices for adults in a fun and entertaining social setting.

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

  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation
    Angela Koulyras
    Corporate Communications Officer
    (604) 276-6443
    Email: akoulyras@bclc.com