Compulsive Gambler Files A Lawsuit Against BCLC

Publish: 17.04.2018

A gambling addict has filed a lawsuit against the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) for not stopping him from gambling!

Tyler Hatch said he had applied to the self-exclusion program on several occasions, but had continued gambling, significantly increasing his gambling debt.

Blaming The Provincial Crown Corporation

However, he did find a way to pay it off. Namely, after being diagnosed with a depressive and bipolar disorder in 2010, he started receiving state disability benefits. After receiving the sum of $550,000 Hatch settled his existing debt but continued to gamble anyway.

The lawsuit stated that starting from January 2016, the plaintiff had begun depositing thousands of dollars on a regular, weekly basis, which he gambled and lost on the PlayNow.com website. Hatch gambled away the entire sum by November 2016 and had incurred a new gambling debt of $50,000 by that time.

It is noted in the lawsuit that as a result of his gambling addiction and the failure of the BCLC to take any steps to prevent him from gambling away the entirety of his future income, the plaintiff suffered disastrous financial ruin.

This graduate from Simon Fraser University and the University of Manitoba was declared incapable to work due to his mental problems which started in 2010. He started to gamble on the BCLC website PlayNow.com back in 2012, but his mental problems led to a compulsive gambling habit.

The Self-Exclusion Failed

Soon, he decided to take part in his first voluntary exclusion program, and in 2015 he started his second self-exclusion period, that lasted for six months.

Hatch seeks the restitution from BCLC for his losses since he believes the company has breached the contract.

Scott Stanley, Hatch’s lawyer said the online gambling sites, including the one run by the provincial government, had the potential to exploit people with gambling addictions, and this case was just one of many tragic examples of this problem.

On the other hand, the BLCL stated that the PlayNow.com accounts of registered problem gamblers were automatically closed and that they were not eligible to win any prizes while participating in the self-exclusion program.