Vancouver Canucks climbed to the top of the NHL table after a massive win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The surprising form of the team has reinvigorated fans, but it may also come in clutch for those PlayNow players who placed an early bet for the Canucks to win their first Stanley Cup. If they go all the way, the platform would award around CA$3 million in winnings.
British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s PlayNow is the only legal iGaming and the official sports betting partner of the Vancouver Canucks. It is the only online port whose proceeds are invested in sectors like healthcare, education, and community programs. It also comes with protections to ensure a safe and secure gaming space for players in the province.
Over CA$3 Million in Winnings is on the Cards
A few days ago, BCLC’s PlayNow revealed that as of January 22, 2024, the sportsbook would have to pay out around CA$3 million to its bettors if the Vancouver Canucks triumph with their first-ever Stanley Cup in 2024. However, the amount will rise even higher, if the local team continues to win its games into the playoffs in late April.
Dan Beebe, BCLC’s Chief Operating Officer, stated that every year Canucks fans make a small bet on their team to win the cup on PlayNow, no matter the odds. And this year’s surprising performance of the team has extended to local players who placed even more wagers on them to win the cup. This is great news for the province, as profits go back to support community initiatives.
In October 2023, the Canucks kicked off their season with 52.00 odds to claim the Stanley Cup, with that odds a successful CA$10 wager would have paid out a total of CA$520. But after the club had a tremendous start, the odds shifted to 31.00 by November. As of Monday, this week, the team had 14.00. Hence, a CA$10 bet would turn out to payout of CA$140.
After being the underdogs at the start, the Canuck have now overtaken the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings and are now the front-runners to take home the Pacific Division title with odds of 1.71. Meanwhile, bettors could see more major payouts, as Canucks captain Quinn Hughes may win the Norris Trophy for best defenceman and coach Rick Tocchet can claim the Jack Adams Award.
B.C. Players Win Big in 2023
BCLC is also the sole provider of legal lottery offerings across B.C. and for 2023 the Crown corporation distributed some major prize money to its residents. throughout the year, it awarded more than CA$859 million in lottery prizes from more than 101 million winning tickets sold at both retail locations and on its official iGaming and iLottery platform, PlayNow.
One of the biggest lottery highlights from 2023 belongs to Scott Gurney from Sidney, who took home a CA$55-million jackpot from Lotto Max. His ticket was the winning one in the February 28, 2023 draw of the nationwide game. Mr. Gurney’s windfall was the largest recorded lottery win in the province throughout the whole of 2023.
Source: “$3-Million PlayNow Payout Awaits B.C. Bettors if Canucks Win the Stanley Cup” BCLC, January 22, 2024