Travelling Port Hardy Man Brings Home $588K With Casino Win On

December 15, 2022


Most people heading out on a road trip hope it will be free of unexpected incidents, but certain surprises are something to celebrate. Just ask Paul Willie, the Port Hardy man who was travelling when he won a casino jackpot on BCLC’s – and took home a prize of $588,376.64.

Spending the night at a hotel in Nanaimo, Willie decided to play the MegaJackpots® Wolf Run slots game on BCLC’s, which offers a convenient mobile casino experience. When the game indicated he’d triggered a jackpot win, Willie couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I wasn’t quite sure what to think. I pressed the screen off and on again,” Willie laughed. “I thought it was a hoax!”

Once the win was verified by BCLC’s – the province’s only legal, regulated gambling website and the only whose profits go back to B.C. – Willie reached out to his family to tell them the story. “I was most excited to share the news with my children,” Willie said.

What’s next for Willie? Planning to buy a new vehicle with his prize money, it sounds like he’ll be hitting the road again.

Unlike the 800+ gambling websites operating illegally in B.C. and Canada, is the only one whose profits benefit British Columbians through government investments in things like education, healthcare and community programs. This includes funding for the province’s Community Gaming Grants program, which distributes $140 million annually to not-for-profit organizations. Last year, 675 community organizations in across Vancouver Island received funding from the province through its Community Gaming Grants program.

Did you know? Players can set weekly deposit and playing time limits to keep their play a fun experience on